posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 12:59 PM
SAN DIEGO -- The No. 16 Oregon State softball team used its offensive fire-power to come away with a pair of victories in Thursday’s opening day of
action (Feb 17) at the Campbell-Cartier Classic hosted by San Diego State University. The Beavers throttled No. 19 Fresno State University by a 15-7
score, before handing host San Diego State a decisive 9-5 loss.
"These were two great team wins," said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. "It was exciting to see us come out with the fire to play today."
OSU (6-3) picked up just its second win against FSU in the last 10 meetings, by matching the school record for runs scored in a single game with 15.
The Beavers pounded 14 hits in the contest, with junior first baseman Vanessa Iapala going 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored. Iapala
finished with a double and a two-run home run. Her four hits ties the Oregon State single game record for hits – a feat she accomplished against
Utah on Feb. 13, 2004. Five other Beaver players have tallied four hits in a single game.
The Beavers took an early 5-0 lead in the second inning, helped in part by a two-run home run from junior catcher Lisa Allen.
OSU pushed the lead to 10-0 in the top of the fourth when the Beavers added five more runs on five hits.
Adrienne Alo finished with a 2-for-4 effort from the plate and three runs scored, while Mia Longfellow went 2-for-5 with a double.
Beaver hurler Brianne McGowan (4-1) had seven strike outs in the complete game victory.
Iapala finished the day with a 5-for-9 effort from the plate, while Longfellow and Alo each went 5-for-10.
"Overall we came out and we swung the bat extremely well," said Walker. "Brianne pitched a great ball game and then all three pitchers combined in the
second game to give us the W."