Maybe it is the new logo and the "shark' Beaver is really liking the diamond based sports or maybe it is the spring weather finally making some sneak peaks for us, but the OSU baseball team is going to have share some of the spotlight with a red hot OSU softball team. The softball team went 3 for 3 over the weekend in Fresno, California including two easy offensive showings to go along with a scrappy come from behind win to close out the Bayer CropScience Classic.
In the first game against Saint Mary's the Beavs were able to take advantage of a strong start, scoring five runs in the first three innings. This was more than enough for freshman pitcher Sarah Shadinger who struck out eight with six hits and was able to complete the game for her second win of the season. Senior Desiree Beltran and returning from an injury freshman Christie Langlois both had 2 RBIs to lead the way offensively.
The second game saw even more offense as the Beavs downed Iowa State 9 to 1. Senior pitcher Marina Demore rang up her 13th win of the season holding the Cyclones to only three hits and one earned run in five innings. The offense was lead by Desiree Beltran again, Beltran went 3 for with 3 RBIs and was followed closely by freshman Natalie Hampton who went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. The Beavs as a team outhit Iowa State 13 to 3.
The final game of the Classic saw a little more overall drama as the Beavs were down to San Diego State 4 to 0 in the fifth inning, but OSU exploded for an eight run bottom of the fifth to go up 8 to 4 and finally close out the game with their 20th win of the season. Starting pitcher senior Tina Andreana went four innings to be relieved by Marina Demore who went three innings to earn the win (Demore's 14th of the season). The offense was led by sophomore Dani Gilmore, senior Elizabeth Santana, and Desiree Beltran who all had two RBIs. Gilmore had a two run triple in the fifth to start the huge charge on the scoreboard for the Beavs.
The 20 and 4 Oregon State softball team finally makes its way back home this week for their first games in Corvallis to play the New Mexico Lobos this Thursday. Game one is scheduled for noon and game two for 2:00 PST.