CORVALLIS — Junior third baseman Madison Anthony homered and had an RBI double to spark No. 24 Oregon State to a 5-3 victory over California Friday in a Pac-12 Conference game at the OSU Softball Complex.
The Beavers (21-8-1, 1-4 Pac-12) evened the weekend series with Cal (12-12-1, 1-2-1). The third game of the series will be played at 12:30 p.m. today.
“We had a much, much better approach today,” Oregon State coach Laura Berg said. “We were improved mentally and played with a purpose, rather than how we perhaps played a bit on our heels yesterday. It was big to score and threaten early in the game. It put a lot of pressure on Cal today.”
In Thursday’s loss, the Beavers failed to score while giving up a grand slam to the Bears.
On Friday, Anthony starred and redshirt junior designated player Natalie Hampton drove in two runs with her eighth double of the season. Freshman right fielder Shelby Weeks finished 2-for-3, while sophomore left fielder Lovie Lopez had a single, RBI and run scored and senior second baseman Mikela Manewa had a single, walk and run scored.
Senior right-hander Bev Miller (9-4) picked up the win for the Beavers after holding Cal to three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in five innings pitched. Freshman Meehra Nelson limited the Golden Bears to two walks with two strikeouts over two hitless, scoreless innings to pick up her fourth save of the season.
“When Bev is on, she’s tough to hit,” Berg said. “She’s got a great dropball and kept them off balance with the changeup. She did a great job.”
Kristin Cullen (2-2) was charged with loss for Cal, allowing the Beavers two runs on four hits with a strikeout in 2 1/3 innings.
After falling behind early in their previous three games, the Beavers struck first Friday, taking a 1-0 lead on Anthony’s solo home run in the bottom of the second inning. The Beavers added three more in the next frame to extend their lead to 4-0, as Anthony picked up her second RBI on a double and Hampton knocked in two on a double of her own.
Oregon 11, Stanford 2
EUGENE — Nikki Udria hit a pair of home runs while Geri Ann Glasco’s two-run shot ended it in the sixth as the Ducks run-ruled Stanford at Jane Sanders Stadium to win the Pac-12 Conference series.
Oregon (25-4, 5-0 Pac-12) won its 17th straight, one shy of the program record of 18 straight set in 2007. Udria now has a team-high 10 home runs on the season. The junior hit eight total over her first two seasons with the Ducks.
Oregon scored twice in the first inning for the second straight game when Udria tripled in a run, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Koral Costa.
Hailey Decker smacked a two-out single to center to score two more runs in the third to put Oregon ahead, 4-0.
Stanford pitcher Haley Snyder helped her own cause in the top of the fourth with a two-run homer to right. That would be all of the Stanford offense.
The Ducks made it 8-2 with four runs in the fifth inning. With two on and no outs, Alyssa Gillespie tallied an RBI single and another run scored after a fielding error on the play. That brought Udria, the No. 2 hitter in the lineup, to the plate and she hit a two-run homer to left. It was the first Oregon home run at Jane Sanders Stadium.
Udria hit her second homer to right center in the sixth inning to put Oregon ahead, 9-2. After freshman pinch hitter April Utecht singled, Glasco ended the game with a towering two-run homer to center.
Freshman pitcher Megan Kleist picked up the win after allowing two runs on three hits in five innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Glasco pitched a perfect sixth inning.