March 4, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Oregon State's Mia Longfellow went 3-for-4, including a bases-clearing triple to cap a six-run fourth inning that helped lift the No. 9 Beavers to a 7-4 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon at the Titan Softball Complex.
The loss dropped the Titans to 10-9 overall and 2-2 in the tournament. OSU improved to 15-2 overall, keeping alive its 15-game winning streak.
Brianne McGowan gave Oregon State the early lead with an RBI single in the second, but Fullerton responded with a run in the third to tie the game on an RBI single by Amanda Kamekona.
However, the Beavers responded in the fourth in a big way against Cal State Fullerton starter Dana Crucil (0-2), as DeAnne Young led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on an error two batters later to make it 3-2.
Oregon State tied it at 3-3 on an RBI single by Paige Lowe and the Beavers loaded the bases on a single by Cambria Miranda to bring up Longfellow and force Crucil from the game in favor of Titans junior Candice Baker.
Longfellow then laced a ball that sailed over the head of the Fullerton leftfielder and bounced up against the fence, clearing the bases. The throw then came into home plate, but bounced away from the Titans' catcher, allowing Longfellow to score from third after she had held up on the play at the plate, making it 7-3 in favor of the Beavers.
Cal State Fullerton added another run in the sixth on Ashley Van Boxmeer's fifth home run of the season, closing the gap to 7-4. McGowan then retired the final six batters she faced to close out the win.
Five different players had hits for the Titans while Miranda and McGowan each added a pair for Oregon State.
Fullerton closes out the 2006 Worth Invitational on Sunday afternoon with a pair of games. The Titans meet Purdue at 1:30 p.m. and follow that up with a 3:45 face-off against Stanford.