Feb. 11, 2006
TEMPE, AZ - Adrienne Alo's two-run home run in the top of the seventh snapped a 5-5 tie and starter Brianne McGowan worked out of a seventh-inning jam as No. 12 Oregon State defeated Cal State Fullerton, 7-5, on Saturday morning at the Tempe Sports Complex.
The bottom three batters in the Oregon State lineup were responsible for producing all seven of the Beavers' runs, including all three home runs. All but two of the 12 combined runs came via the longball.
McGowan earned the win in the circle for the Beavers, going the distance and striking out eight. Fullerton junior Brooke Weekley suffered the loss (0-1), allowing two earned on seven hits in six innings of work.
The Titans (1-2) struck first in their half of the first as sophomore Crystal Vieyra slugged her first home run of the season to right field to make it 1-0.
However, the lead didn't last long as the first eight Beavers reached base to start the second with the big blows coming via back-to-back home runs to centerfield from DeAnn Young (three-run) and Cambria Miranda (solo) to quickly make it 4-1.
Oregon State (1-2) loaded the bases once again with no outs, before Mia Longfellow was picked off at third on a snap throw from Titans' catcher Ashlee Weatherford for the first out. Steph Ewing then followed with a single to left center to reload the bases, but Weekley worked out of the jam in relief, getting the next two batters to pop out and ground out to end the inning.
The Titans got a run back in their half of the second as freshman Courtney Martinez drew a lead-off walk, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored when Whitney Kroh's single to center was kicked away by the fielder to make it 4-2.
Fullerton regained the lead in the fourth as Martinez reached on an error, was moved over by Weatherford, and reached third on Kroh's second hit of the morning. That brought up Amanda Kamekona, who blasted an 0-1 pitch over the left field fence for her first home run of the year and a 5-4 Titan advantage.
The Beavers manufactured the tying run in the fifth as Vanessa Iapala led off with a single and pinch runner Natalie Johnson stole second to move into scoring position. After a lineout and fly out, Young came to the plate and drove a ball into the hole between second and short that took a high hop. Kamekona fielded the ball, but her throw to first went high, allowing Johnson to come around and tie the score.
Kamekona was 2-for-4 with three RBI for the Titans while Vieyra and Kroh also had a pair of hits for Cal State Fullerton.
The Titans conclude day two play against Syracuse on Saturday night at approximately 3:30 p.m. (Pacific)