#14 UW 0, #9 OSU 5

Cambria Miranda doubled and homered and drove in three runs as the ninth ranked Oregon State Beavers shut out the 14th ranked Huskies 5-0 at Husky Softball Stadium on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

With the win the Beavers improved to 5-4 in the Pac-10 and 33-7 overall while the Huskies dropped to 3-7 and 29-15. The Beavers also completed a successful road trip 3-0, beating top ranked UCLA 2-0 on Friday before sweeping the Huskies. They also beat Danielle Lawrie for the second straight game, knocking the Husky ace out of the circle after she faced only three batters in the first inning and gave up a run.

Miranda led off the game with a line double to left field, moved to third on a sacrifice by Mia Longfellow and scored on a single to right center by Adrienne Alo. Husky head coach Heather Tarr brought Caitlin Noble in for relief and she kept the Beavers off the board until the fourth, when Brianne McGowan hit a one out solo homer over the wall and underneath the scoreboard in center field, her eighth of the season.

Then, in the fifth, the Beavers effectively put the game away, scoring three runs. Sherina Galvan led off with a walk, drawing jeers from the crowd, who thought at least two balls should have been strikes. Galvan stole second and took third when Nicole Moojen bobbled Maggie DeWall's grounder to short for an error. Miranda then drove the first pitch from Noble over the wall in left field for her 11th homer of the season and third in as many games.

The Huskies had plenty of opportunity to score, getting a runner on base in every einning except the seventh. Their best threat to score came in the third when Moojen and Dominique Lastrapes singled with none out, but Ashley Charters bunted into a force at third and Sarah Hyatt grounded into an inning ending double play. In the fifth, the Huskies got a leadoff single from pinch hitter Torie Coury in her first at-bat of the season, but she got erased when Moojen grounded into a double play. That loomed large when the next batter, Lastrapes, lined a double off the wall and got stranded when Charter popped out to third.

McGowan started in the circle for the Beavers and got the win to improve to 21-4. She went four innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out six. Ta'tyana McElroy pitched the final three innings to earn her second save. She gave up three hits and struck out one. For the Huskies Noble went six and two thirds innings in relief, giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks. She struck out seven.

The Huskies next travel to UCLA to face the top ranked Bruins on Wednesday, April 26 in a doubleheader. The two teams will resume a game called on April 15 in Seattle due to weather conditions before playing the regularly scheduled game. Then from Friday, April 28 to Sunday April 30 the Huskies will play their final three home games of the season, against Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Saturday and Sunday.


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