CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State starting right-hander Meehra Nelson allowed one run in a complete-game outing and the offense swatted nine base hits as the Beavers downed the Portland State Vikings, 9-1, in five innings at the OSU Softball Complex on Tuesday.
Each team manufactured a run in the first inning, as Portland State (11-22) opened the scoring with walk, single and double steal, and Oregon State (25-12-1) responded with three straight hits, capped by a Christie Langlois RBI single, to knot the score up at one all. The Beavers controlled the game the rest of the way, plating six runs in the second inning and two in the third while holding the Vikings scoreless down the stretch to seal the 9-1 win.
“It's always good to have a win like this under your belt,” Oregon State head coach Laura Berg said. “Our hitting with two outs was fantastic. It's big for our players to know that we don't always have to score in the first one or two outs. We can do it with two outs or at any time.”
Nelson's (14-6) final line included six strikeouts, with only three hits and four walks allowed as she went the distance. The Vikings used three different pitchers, but Meagan Hendrix (3-5) was charged with the loss after allowing eight runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks with a strikeout.
Seven different OSU hitters recorded a base hit in Tuesday's matchup, including two-hit performances by right fielder Shelby Weeks and first baseman Natalie Hampton. Weeks was not retired for the game, adding an RBI, a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base to her final line. Each of Hampton and center fielder Jessica Garcia recorded a triple, while second baseman Mikela Manewa drove in three on a double.
All six of Oregon State's runs in the second inning came on two-out hitting. Garcia and Weeks set up the scoring inning, moving into scoring position at second and third on respective walks and a passed ball. On a Langlois walk, the first run came in as Garcia scored on an illegal pitch. Hampton reached on a Viking error in the next at-bat, and Weeks scored the second run on the play as the inning continued. Madison Anthony followed with a walk to load the bases and set up the final four runs, all on RBI knocks. Lovie Lopez drove in the first on a single, while Manewa plated the final three on a double to give the Beavers a 7-1 lead after two.
Oregon State's final two runs came in the third inning, highlighted by a pair of OSU triples. Garcia led off with a triple to set up Weeks' RBI single, while Hampton's triple drove in Weeks and capped the scoring at 9-1. Nelson scattered four baserunners down the stretch, holding the Vikings off the board as the Beavers won by run rule in five innings.
The Oregon State softball team returns to action this weekend for a three-game conference set at UCLA. The series opens in Los Angeles on Friday at 7 p.m. PT, while game two is set for a 6 p.m. PT start on Saturday. First pitch for the series finale is set for noon PT on Sunday.
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