OSU softball blows by Cyclones

FRESNO, Calif. - Heading into Saturday's game with Iowa State at the Bayer CropScience Classic, the No. 23 Oregon State softball team had outscored opponents 26-8 in the first innings of games so far this season. Against the Cyclones, the Beavers added to that total as they tied a season high by scoring five runs in their first at-bat in a 9-1 win in five innings.

First baseman Natalie Hampton drove in the first two runs on a double to the corner in right, scoring Ashley Sanchez and Elizabeth Santana. Third baseman Desiree Beltran drove Hampton home for the third run on a single to left. The Beavers scored the last two runs of the frame on a bases-loaded walk to Hannah Bouska and a hit batsman to Dani Gilmore on the ensuing at-bat as the Beavers batted around. Hampton was 3-for-4 today with two RBIs and two runs scored. She's 6-for-7 this weekend.

Leading 5-0, the Beavers (19-4) did have to contend with an Iowa State offense that came into Fresno hitting .329 as a team and had six regulars batting .333 or better. But OSU had starting pitcher Marina Demore in the circle, and she downgraded the Cyclones to nothing more than a gentle breeze. Demore did not allow a hit besides a bunt single until the fifth inning when the game was already 7-0.

She ended up with just three hits against and one run allowed in going five full. Only five innings were necessary because the Beavers continued to push runs across after the big first inning. Beltran had her second RBI single in as many innings when she scored Santana to make it 6-0. The Beavers took a 7-0 lead when catcher Ally Kutz brought Lea Cavestany home with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

After Iowa State broke the shutout bid in the top of the fifth, the Beavers closed the show with Beltran getting her third RBI single of the game to make it 8-1 and freshman Christie Langlois keeping her season average at 1.000 with a run-scoring single to right.

Beltran was 3-for-3 today and is 5-for-7 with five RBIs so far in Fresno. Second baseman Ya Garcia had a pair of perfectly placed bunt singles to go 2-for-3. In all, the Beavers pounded out 13 hits, walked six times and had two hit batters.

The Beavers conclude the weekend in Fresno with an early wakeup call against San Diego State. First pitch is set for 9:00 a.m.