Beavers Fall 1-0 in Series Finale Against the Cardinal
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State softball dropped the 1-0 series finale against No. 25 Stanford on Sunday afternoon at Kelly Field but not before the Beavers took the Pac-12 series. The Orange & Black drop to 25-8 overall, 2-4 Pac-12 and 6-2 in Corvallis.
Stanford compiled three of its five hits in the first frame to take the early 1-0 lead.
Oregon State looked to even or take the lead in the bottom half but stranded the bases loaded as Savanah Whatley got the offense started with a one-out single up the middle.
Frankie Hammoude opened up the fourth with a walk but the Beavers couldn't make anything of it after the Cardinal starter retired the next three Beaver batters.
Freshman starter Sarah Haendiges scattered five hits with a run and three strikeouts in four frames while Mariah Mazon came in for relief in the fifth to retire the side.
From there Mazon did work in the circle, not allowing a hit with three strikeouts and two walks against 11 batters.
Whatley collected her second hit of the game with another single as the leadoff in the bottom sixth frame. With an intentional walk to Hammoude, the Beavers forced runners on first and second with just one out. However, back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning.
The Stanford Cardinal starting pitcher ended any sort of Beaver rally in the final inning, retiring the side in order.
Whatley led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance and Haendiges suffered the loss in the circle.
Oregon State heads to the Bay Area for a weekend series with California, April 1-3, but not before the Beavers travel to Mount St. Mary's for a non-conference matchup on Thursday, March 31 at 3 p.m. PT.
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