UW 2, Oregon State 4

Clare Burnum homered in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie as the Oregon State Beavers upset the fifth ranked Huskies 4-2 at Husky Softball Stadium on Friday afternoon.

With the victory, the Beavers handed the Huskies their sixth Pac-10 loss in seven games and dropped the Huskies to 7-9 in conference and 40-11-1, while the Beavers improved to 4-12 in league and 31-25 overall.

Steph Adams led off the top of the fifth with a double to left center field and advanced to third on a sacrifice by Cara Maxey. Then Burnum lined a 1-1 pitch from Husky starter Tia Bollinger over the wall in left-center field for a two run homer, her ninth of the season, tying her with Kelly Petersen for the team lead in long balls.

Oregon State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as Lisa Allen lined a double just inside the left field foul line and one out later scored on a single to center by Vanessa Iapala.

After suffering a shutout loss to UCLA on Wednesday and a scoreless first inning, the Huskies answered the Beavers' run in the top of the second with a run of their own to tie the game in the bottom of the frame. Kathy Fiske got hit by a pitch from Beaver starter Amy Klever to lead off and Dena Tyson lined a single to right. After Sarah Hyatt hit a soft blooper to second baseman Brynnen Guthrie for the first out and Amy Hanson struck out, Rita Roach walked on five pitches to load the bases for Amanda Oleson. Oleson grounded a one strike pitch into center field for a single to score Roach, and keep the bases loaded. However, Klever escaped more damage by getting Aimee Minor to ground out to shortstop Petersen to end the inning.

Following Burnum's home run in the fifth, the Beavers added another tally and took a 4-1 lead in the top of the sixth as Iapala doubled off the wall in right-center field. Then, if there ever was a play that epitomized the Huskies' recent struggles, it was when Adams hit what looked like a routine ground ball to Oleson at second base, but as the ball approached Oleson, it suddenly bounced over her head and just far enough into right field to allow Iapala to score.

Then the Huskies suffered another bad break in the bottom of the sixth as Fiske lined a single to right, and Tyson grounded what looked like a possible base hit into center field, but Petersen, running toward the base, gloved the ball, stepped on second to force Fiske and threw to first in time to double up Tyson. That turned out to be a huge play, as Hyatt and pinch hitter Megan Owen followed with singles. However, Klever struck out Courtney Jeffries swinging to end the inning.

Washington cut the Beaver lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh as Oleson reached base when Klever dropped a soft blooper between the circle and first for an error. Aimee Minor grounded into a force out at second for the first out, but then Jaime Clark and Kristen Rivera singled to load the bases, and Fiske came to the plate representing the winning run. She managed to bring home Minor with a fielder's choice grounder to shortstop, but Tyson hit a soft blooper to Petersen to end the game.

Despite getting solid aluminum on the ball for eight hits, the clutch hit eluded the Huskies, and Klever benefited from the Huskies' misfortune, pitching her sixth complete game of the season to improve to 8-7. Bollinger suffered the loss for the Huskies to fall to 22-8 despite pitching her team leading 23rd complete game of the season, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks. She struck out six.

The Huskies close out their home schedule with two games against #21 Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, with first pitch at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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