Hammoude's Double Boosts Oregon State in 3-1 Win over Arizona, Clinching Series
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Frankie Hammoude knocked the go-ahead runs in the fifth inning to help No. 20/22 Oregon State defeat No. 20 Arizona in the second game of the weekend series at Kelly Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Beavers (31-8, 7-4 Pac-12) are now riding a six-game winning streak and clinched its first series over the Wildcats since the 2013 season. OSU has now allowed just three runs during the streak, outscoring their opponents 31-3.
Senior Mariah Mazon went the distance, earning her 12th victory of the season. Mazon struck out 11 batters to push her season total to 125 and her fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season.
Arizona broke through first, as Mazon gave up her lone hit of the game off a solo shot to right center field in fourth inning.
Current Pac-12 hit leader, Kiki Escobar, got the fifth frame going with a two-out single up the middle, and tip toed in two batters later off Eliana Gottlieb's single to left. Savanah Whatley and Gottlieb crossed home plate after Hammoude's double to right center.
Mazon shut the door in the seventh by strikeout two Wildcats.
First pitch for the series finale between the Beavers and Wildcats is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. PT on Sunday. The contest will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
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