Beavers Fall Short in Series Opener against No. 4 UCLA
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The 20-ranked Oregon State (31-13, 7-9 Pac-12) softball team suffered a heart-breaking 6-5 loss to No. 4 UCLA on Friday evening in its Pac-12 series opener at Kelly Field. The Bruins used a five-run inning in the seventh to seal the win and hand the Beavers its fifth straight loss.
Senior Mariah Mazon struck out nine in her complete game performance, suffering the loss and dropping to 12-6 on the year. Mazon gave up nine hits, with six coming from the final two innings.
Oregon State jumped out to the 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth frame. Kaylah Nelsen cracked her sixth double of the season and came home just one batter later from Grace Messmer's two-run shot.
UCLA broke through Mazon in the next half inning to pull within one, as the senior gave up her 10th home run of the season in the top of the sixth.
The Beavers added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom half off three hits to go ahead 4-1. Freshman Kiki Escobar collected her 59th hit of the season and ninth double of the 2022 campaign with a one out crack to right field to get the offense going. Freshman counterpart Eliana Gottlieb delivered a two-out single up the middle, advancing Escobar to third. Nelsen came up big once again, plating the freshman with a two-RBI single down the left field line.
The Bruins responded with a vengeance in the final frame, plating five runs off five hits, taking its first lead of the night by a score of 6-4.
Freshman Des Rivera sent her first career bomb over the left field fence to give Oregon State life in the final half inning but the Beavers were unable to complete the comeback win.
The Beavers and Bruins square off again tomorrow at 3 p.m. PT followed by the series finale on Saturday at 12 pm. PT. Both games will be available on the Pac-12 Networks.
Before Saturday's first pitch, Oregon State softball will recognize the OSU alum and donors, Jack and Kelly Berka, who helped make the upgrades to Kelly Field a reality.
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).