Allen Hits Walk-Off Homer, Beavers Split Day Two Against No. 6 Washington
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State softball team split day two of its series against No. 6 Washington, Saturday.
Oregon State dropped the first game, 4-2, before coming back to defeat the Huskies, 3-1, in the second game.
"Nerissa [Eason] and Trystan [Melancon] did a great job in the circle today," said head coach Laura Berg. "We need to make adjustments quicker in the game but I'm excited for the team. I'm pumped for Morgan [Allen]. She came up clutch for us."
Game one vs Washington - L, 4-2
The Beavers started out with three straight outs in the first before sophomore Frankie Hammoude drew a walk to get on base in the bottom of the inning.
The Huskies made the first successful connection in the second with a fielder's choice to get on base but OSU stopped them from getting past second base in the inning.
Washington notched the first hit of the game with a single to left field to start the third. Once again, the Beavers were able to stop the Huskies from advancing and scoring a run.
Washington tallied both a double and a single in the top of the fourth to score the first run and take a 1-0 lead. The Huskies added a second run in the fifth inning before the Beavers were able to grab three outs.
Both teams, Oregon State and Washington, scored two runs in the seventh inning.
Junior Missy Nunes hit the Beavers' first single of the game to get on base. Hammoude followed with her 12th home run of the season to bat in two RBI for OSU.
The Huskies followed with three outs to halt the Beavers' chances of taking the lead in the final inning.
Junior pitcher Mariah Mazon struck out five batters in game one.
Game two vs. Washington - W, 3-1
The Beavers were able to get on base first after Washington hit Nunes with a pitch in the first inning. Unable to finish, the score remained tied heading into the second.
Once again being hit by a pitch, Nunes was sent to first base in the third inning. Mazon reached first as Washington went to second to get Nunes out on the play. Mazon then capitalized on a throwing error and reached third.
The Beavers took a 1-0 lead when Mazon ran home on a wild pitch.
The Huskies answered in the very next inning with a home run to tie the score.
Melancon took over for Eason in the top of the fifth and, along with the rest of the infield, held Washington off leaving three on base.
Sophomore Ashton Zeiher and Hammoude each drew a walk in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, but the Beavers were unable to score until the final inning.
Getting three outs in four batters, Oregon State quickly moved through the top of the seventh.
For the second-straight game, OSU notched its first hit in the seventh with a double from Zeiher. Junior Morgan Allen finished the game with a walk-off home run to win, 3-1, for the Beavers.
The Beavers will close their Dam Cancer series against No.6 Washington with a mid-afternoon game tomorrow (Apr. 11).
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