March 3, 2006
FULLERTON, Calif. - Ninth-ranked Oregon State defeated UC Santa Barbara 4-0 Friday night on day one of the Worth Invitational. Junior hurler Brianne McGowan picked up her ninth win of the season after holding the Gauchos scoreless on six hits in six complete innings of work. Santa Barbara falls to 7-6 with the loss.
After both teams had their early games cancelled because of rain, the weather cleared up long enough for Santa Barbara and Oregon State to take the field in the nightcap Friday night.
The Beavers (14-2 overall) took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when starting pitcher Jennifer Davis walked DeAnn Young and McGowan to start the inning. A two out double to left field by Paige Lowe scored both runners and put OSU ahead.
Oregon State struck again in the third when Adrienne Alo reached base on a single to shortstop with one out. After advancing to second on a passed ball and then to third on a fielder's choice, the senior left fielder stole home to give the Beavers a 3-0 advantage.
UCSB threatened in the top of the fourth inning after back-to-back singles by junior center fielder Kendra Singley and freshman first baseman Tiffany Wright, but OSU starter McGowan got the next to batters to ground out and the inning was over.
After Davis retired the Beavers in order in the last of the fifth, the Gauchos showed life in the top of the sixth, but failed to put a dent in the deficit once again. Junior left fielder Jessica Hejna walked to lead off the inning. The next batter was Singley, who doubled to center field, but Hejna was thrown out at the plate by the Oregon State shortstop. Singley advanced to third on a passed ball, but McGowan pitched her way out of trouble again, disposing of the next two batters.
McGowan furthered her cause at the plate, belting a solo homer down the left field line in the bottom of the sixth to increase the lead to 4-0. She then retired the Gauchos in the seventh to preserve the win. McGowan struck out eight, walked one and improved to 9-1 with the win.
Davis dropped her fourth decision of the year, falling to 5-4. She allowed three earned runs on four hits, while striking out six and walking a season high five batters in the loss.
Singley led UCSB offensively, finishing 2-for-3 with a double.
Oregon State's winning streak increased to 14 games.
The Worth Invitational continues tomorrow when the Gauchos square off with Loyola University Chicago at 9:00 a.m., followed by a showdown with No. 5 Stanford