Softball Loses Opener in Las Vegas
Feb. 13, 2009
LAS VEGAS, NV - Three Oregon State players finished with two hits and starter Kelly Dyer allowed just two runs over five innings to help lift the Beavers to a 6-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the opener for both teams at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas on Friday morning.
A three-run first inning for OSU (3-2) proved to be all it would need as a two-run double by Ashley Roderfeld and a sacrifice fly by Paige Lowe staked Dyer (2-2) to the early advantage.
An outfield error in the fourth plated Alana Ford for a 4-0 lead and the Beavers added two more in the fifth on an RBI double by Ford and a throwing error to make it a 6-0 contest.
The Titans (1-1) broke up the shutout in their half of the sixth as junior Francesca Gonzales led-off the inning with her second hit of the day and came around to score on sophomore Torrie Anderson's first home run of the season to left field, cutting the deficit to 6-2.
That would be as close as they would come, however as Paige Hall entered in relief following a single by Lauren Lupinetti and allowed only one hit over two innings of work to end the game.
Six Fullerton batters finished with hits on the day in support of freshman right-hander Katey Laban (0-1), who was making her first career start. Laban allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits, walking five and striking out four in the complete-game effort.
Roderfeld, Ford, and Stefanie Ewing all finished with two hits for the Beavers.
The Titans left seven on the basepaths, including runners in scoring position in the first, second, fourth, and sixth innings.
Cal State Fullerton concludes its first day of play in Las Vegas later this afternoon at 3:45 p.m. as the Titans take on their second straight Pac-10 foe in Oregon.