Beavers Drop Game One at No. 2 UCLA
LOS ANGELES - The Oregon State softball team opened its three-game series with a loss, 7-0, to No. 2 UCLA, Friday evening.
The Beavers started strong, getting three batters on base in the first inning. After junior Missy Nunes was hit by a pitch, junior Mariah Mazon reached first from a fielder's choice and sophomore Frankie Hammoude drew a walk for three straight batters on base. The Bruins were able to hold off OSU and leave two stranded.
UCLA earned the first hit with their leadoff batter but the Beavers halted their runners with a double play, from Mazon, Hammoude, and sophomore Maia Rader, to close the first inning.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
Freshman Xiao Gin drew a second walk for Oregon State but UCLA notched three outs before she could cross home plate.
Hammoude drew a third walk for the team, second for herself, to get on base in the top of the seventh inning but the Beavers were unable to take advantage of having a runner on base.
The Bruins took game one, 7-0, after scoring a second run in the third and five in the sixth inning.
Mazon and senior pitcher Nerissa Eason combined for four strikeouts in six innings pitched.
The Beavers will return to action tomorrow (Apr. 17), at 11 a.m., for game two in their UCLA series.
For more information on the Oregon State softball team, visit OSUBeavers.com or follow the team on Twitter and Instagram, @BeaverSoftball.
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