Oregon State's Final Inning Push Comes Up Short in UCLA Series Finale
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The No. 20 Oregon State softball team scored two runs in the seventh, but was unable to pull off the comeback win over No. 4 UCLA Sunday afternoon, as the Bruins swept the series with a 4-3 victory at Kelly Field.
The last six Pac-12 games for the Beavers have been decided by a single run as OSU drops to 31-15 overall and 7-11 during conference play.
The Beavers trailed 2-0 heading into the second, but a walk and a pair of Bruin miscues pulled the Orange & Black within one.
UCLA responded with insurance runs in the third and sixth innings. A trio of stranded runners in the third, a pair of runners in the fourth and a base runner in the sixth proved to be costly for the Beavers.
Junior Frankie Hammoude lead the seventh off, drawing a walk, while Grace Messmer cracked a single up the middle. After the runners advanced on a wild pitch, Des Rivera delivered a single to right field to plate Hammoude. Madison Simon sent a high sacrifice fly in right, driving in Messmer as OSU trailed by one with just one out.
Back-to-back strikeouts from UCLA ended the Beaver comeback.
Senior Mariah Mazon suffered the loss after dealing the complete game with five hits and six strikeouts.
The Beavers hit the road next weekend for a three-game series at Oregon. The first game of that series will take place on Friday at 6 p.m. in Eugene.
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