Beavers Split Saturday Doubleheader
CORVALLIS – The No. 23 Oregon State softball team split its Saturday double-header against Portland State at Kelly Field. The Beavers ended the day with a 9-1 victory in six innings, but lost game one of the set 6-1.
OSU scored nine runs in the sixth inning to take down the Vikings in the second contest of the double-dip. Frankie Hammoude and Kaylah Nelson both his two home runs in the frame, while Kiki Escobar had a two-RBI double. Eliana Gottlieb walked things off with an RBI single up the middle. Hammoude's dinger was her ninth of the season.
Sarah Haendiges didn't allow an earned run in six innings of work, surrendering just five hits and striking out eight. Grace Messmer recorded two hits and scored a run. Madison Simon reached twice, recording a hit, a walk and a run scored.
The pitchers dominated the first five innings of game two, as the teams remained scoreless heading to the sixth. Portland State opened the scoring in the top of the frame, before the Beaver offense exploded in the bottom of the sixth to lock down the victory.
Oregon State dropped game one of the doubleheader 6-1, snapping the Beavers' 17-game winning streak.
Messmer drove in Oregon State's only run of the contest, hammering a single to center in the bottom of the second. Simon recorded two hits in the contest, while Hammoude, Gottlieb and Nelson came through with hits.
Jade Soto scored Oregon State's sole marker after entering the contest as a pinch runner. Tarni Stepto went the distance in the circle, striking out nine. Only four of the Vikings' six runs were earned.
The Vikings struck first in game one, scoring four runs in the top of the opening frame. The Beavers pulled on back in the bottom of the second, as Messmer's RBI single put OSU on the board. Portland State tacked on two more in the top of the fifth to extend the advantage.
The Beavers are slated to return to action Sunday against North Dakota State at Kelly Field.
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