Oregon State 8, Wisconsin 2

May 21, 2005

MADISON, Wis. - Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Brianne McGowan set an Oregon State record with 16 strikeouts as the Beavers eliminated host Wisconsin from an NCAA softball regional with an 8-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Goodman Diamond.

OSU hit three home runs in the contest to help it bounce back from a 1-0 defeat at the hands of UW-Green Bay Friday night. The Beavers earned a rematch with the Phoenix immediately following the game against the Badgers by virtue of their victory over Wisconsin.

UW completes its 2005 season with a record of 31-24, while OSU improves to 41-15.

It only took one batter into the game for Oregon State to get on the scoreboard. Mia Longfellow tripled off Eden Brock to the right-center field gap over a drawn-in outfield and came in to score on a throwing error on the play. Following a groundout, Cambria Miranda tallied the last of three straight OSU hits with an RBI single. Adrienne Alo capped the inning with a run-scoring groundout to make it 3-0.

The Beavers lead grew to 4-0 in the second inning as Kelly Petersen connected for her seventh home run of the season, as the ball bounced off the top of the fence in center and dropped over for the round-tripper.

Wisconsin got right back into the game in the bottom half of the second. Boo Gillette singled to open the inning and Ricci Robben came through with a two-out, two-run homer to left off McGowan to get UW within 4-2. It was the eighth home run of the year for the Badger freshman.

However, the home run barrage continued in the top of the third as Vanessa Iapala connected for her fourth of the season, prompting the Badgers to bring on Katie Layne to replace Brock. The change didn't slow down OSU, though, as Lisa Allen followed with a home run of her own to make it 6-2. The Beavers would add one final run in the frame on an RBI double to left by Natalie Johnson.

Oregon State put one final run on the board in the fifth to increase its advantage to 8-2. Miranda led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a groundout and scored when McGowan reached on an error.

That was more than enough support for McGowan (34-9), who scattered six hits. Brock (20-11) was handed the defeat, lasting just two-plus innings and allowing six hits and five earned runs.

Gillette led Wisconsin with two hits, while Longfellow, Iapala, Miranda and Allen each had two for the Beavers.

Game Notes

Oregon State improves to 41-15 on the season and 1-1 in post-season play this year * the Beavers are now 18-13 in seven NCAA appearances * OSU takes on UW-Green Bay in the next game for the right to advance to the regional final

Wisconsin ends its season 31-23 and 0-2 in NCAA play * the Badgers are 1-6 in three post-season appearances

Oregon State improves to 5-1 all-time against Wisconsin * the Beavers defeated the Badgers 8-7 in eight innings on Feb. 25, 2005 at the Palm Springs Classic * Wisconsin also lost to Oregon State in 2002 NCAA tournament, 1-0

Winning pitcher Brianne McGowan recorded a career-high16 strikeouts against the Badgers * her 16 strikeouts is the most ever for a Beaver in a post-season game * 16 strikeouts is an OSU single-game record, breaking the previous best of 14 strikeouts set by Crystal Draper (1999 and 2000) and Tarrah Beyster (1998)

The Beavers hit three home runs in the game, the most for OSU in a post-season game

UW senior Kris Zacher wraps up her career with 201 hits, ranking second on the UW all-time list behind Julie Borchard (1996-99) who had 203 career hits

OSU upped its season total for home runs to 54 * the season record is 61 home runs set in 2003

Post-game Quotations

Wisconsin Head Coach Karen Gallagher
Opening Statement:
"I wish our team could have performed a little bit better. I think ultimately this was a great, great learning experience for our young players that will hopefully take this with them the rest of the days here. We'll try to get back to this, get here and strive to be better in the tournament at this point.

"I liked what I saw with our young players in this tournament. I'm excited about the possibilities of what we're going to be doing in the years to come here because our young players really stepped up and played some good ball in post-season play.

"Today, I just think that we kind of ran out of gas emotionally, mentally, physically. We played some extraordinary ball the last month and I just felt that the kids couldn't step up their game today.

"Oregon State is a tough team and they were a tough team to beat today after their lost to Green Bay last night."

-- Courtesy Wisconsin