Hammoude and Mazon Go Yard in Win Over Buckeyes, Softball Advances to NCAA Regional Final
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Oregon State earned a trip to the NCAA Knoxville Regional Final after taking down Ohio State, 5-1, in the elimination game Saturday evening. With the win, the Beavers force a rematch with host and top-seeded No. 11 Tennessee tomorrow at 11 a.m. PT at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
The Beavers dropped down to the elimination bracket after suffering a 3-0 loss to the Lady Vols in the earlier game. In order to win the regional, Oregon State will have to take two against Tennessee on Sunday due to the double elimination rule.
The winner of the double-elimination NCAA Regional will move on to the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional against the winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional. The Women's College World Series will be played in Oklahoma City, Okla., June 2-9/10.
Game 1 – Tennessee 3, Oregon State 0
For just the third time this season, the Beaver offense was shutout. Kaylah Nelsen led the offense with a 2-for-2 performance while Mariah Mazon suffered the loss in the circle after tossing the complete game.
Mazon dealt eight strikeouts on the day, earning her 200th of the 2022 campaign, and gave up just four hits. She gave up her first hit of the game in the third, after striking out the first two Volunteers.
All three of Tennessee runs occurred in the fifth off three hits while Oregon State went down in order during the sixth and seventh frames.
Game 2 – Oregon State 5, Ohio State 1
In her first career postseason start in the circle, freshman Sarah Haendiges earned her 11th victory this season. The Pacific All-Region pitcher tossed five innings, giving up just three hits and struck out two against 19 batters.
Mazon pitched the final two frames, perfectly, to give OSU its 35th win of the season, which is the most wins during a single season since 2012.
Oregon State scattered its runs in the first, second and fifth innings that was led by the bash sisters of Mazon and Frankie Hammoude.
Mazon notched her 10th bomb of the year in the first frame sending a two-run shot over center field while Hammoude hit her 14th of the season in the fifth inning as the two-run home run went sailing into left field. Hammoude is now tied with Cambria Miranda with 42 career home runs in the Beaver record books.
Nelsen, Kiki Escobar and Savanah Whatley collected the other three hits for the Orange & Black.
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