Oregon State Softball wins series 2-1 versus Arizona Wildcats


Kayla Jones

The Oregon State Beavers softball team cheers on their teammates from the dugout during a game against the Arizona Wildcats inside Kelly Field, April 8, 2022

Hannah Mitchell, Sports Contributor

Ending a home series versus a 9-1 loss was not the way the Beavers intended, however, Oregon State came out of the weekend with a series win overall.

“This team, they had a great weekend,” said head coach Laura Berg at the end of the series. The Beavers won their first 2 games of the series versus the University of Arizona Wildcats by scores of 4-1 and 3-1 on Friday and Saturday respectively.

“[A] series win… that’s huge for our program,” Berg said. Oregon State has not had a series win versus the Wildcats since 2013.

Although the team started with consistency, they did not finish with a series sweep. Berg said “They were humbled a little bit. I think they were a little cocky.”

The only run scored on Sunday was a home run by Oregon State freshman infielder Kiki Escobar. After ending the series on a loss, Escobar said “We just grow, we see it as a challenge.”

“I just want to keep doing what we are doing right now,” Escobar said when asked about the rest of the season. “Just keep winning, keep fighting.”

Oregon State is going on the road next week for a triple-header versus the University of Washington Huskies starting Thursday at 5:00 pm.

Escobar had faith in her team when it came to their trip up north this week. “We’re ready for the Huskies. We’ve been waiting for this moment to prove them wrong, show what we’re all about.”

“They’re going to be tough, their home soil, it’s going to be cold, it’s probably going to be wet,” Berg said about preparing for the Huskies this week. “We play in that too, we have to have all three aspects of our game going”

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