Big Bates Homer The Difference In 2-1 Win
CORVALLIS, Ore. – A dramatic home run was the deciding factor in the #6 Washington Huskies' 2-1 win over the Oregon State Beavers. It was another battle of strong pitching from both sides, with Sis Bates' first homer since 2018 the difference maker.
This is the eighth straight series win for the Huskies over Oregon State. Washington has not lost a series to Oregon State since 2012. Washington is 31-5 overall and 9-2 in Pac-12 games after this weekend.
It was a close game throughout, with Washington's first lead lasting just one inning before Oregon State tied it up at 1-1. Gabbie Plain stymied the Beavers the rest of the way: only two Beavers would reach base in the game's final five innings, one by error and one via a hit-by-pitch. Plain struck out eight in her six innings of work to close out the win and move to 20-0 on the season, increasing her Husky record for best undefeated start ever by a pitcher.
In addition to the big homer, Bates added a double, going 2-for-4 in the game. Morganne Flores had the other RBI for the Huskies with a triple in the first inning. Bates, Flores, and Lilly Agan were the only Huskies to record hits in the game.
T5 | For the first time since March 2, 2018, Sis Bates goes yard!!!!
— Washington Softball (@UWSoftball) April 11, 2021
Washington will next face the Oregon Ducks for a four-game series, beginning Friday, April 16. That Friday game will be streamed free via the Washington live stream. The other three games of the series will air on the Pac-12 Network.
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