Softball loses two-game series

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Emmanuel Goicochea, Sports Contributor

University of Oklahoma Sooners take the win.

The Oregon State University softball team fought and lost against the University of Oklahoma Sooners in a two-game series on Friday and Saturday.

The first game remained tied at 0-0 for the majority of its play, exceeding to an almost 0 hit streak.

The Sooners scored once in the sixth inning to break the scoreless tie, then added three runs in the seventh. The loss came to break a five-game winning streak for the Beavers.

“The score doesn’t really show how close this game was,” coach Laura Berg said. “Mariah Mazon did a great job, but we didn’t adjust very well in the batter’s box. We had a couple times where we had chances to hit runners in, and we didn’t.”

Freshman pitcher Mariah Mazon pitched six-plus innings and allowed three runs on six hits, with five strikeouts.

“This type of pitching is what we see every weekend in the Pac-12,” Berg said. “So we should be used to this. We don’t see a lot of lefties but we have to do a better job of making adjustments.”

Mazon was trailing 3-0, after allowing a single and a homer to start the seventh inning. It was the third straight quality start against a top-10 opponent for Mazon.

“Mariah is old-school; she wants the ball,” Berg said. “She is taking care of business. It’s either our defense or our offense that’s not taking care of business. We have to do a better job of scoring runs for her. We seem to be coming in on the losing end of these close games. It’s the little things that make the big difference.”

Center fielder Jessica Garcia had two hits and a highlight-reel running catch in deepest center field to lead OSU at the plate and in the field.

Freshman infielder Hope Brandner’s double was OSU’s one extra-base hit.

OSU’s second game of the series saw a similar approach in terms of action.

Freshman utility Missy Nunes opened the second inning with a stand up double that raced  down the left field line.

Junior outfielder Shelby Weeks followed in the following inning with a leadoff single, beating the throw to first base. Senior shortstop McKenna Arriola advanced Weeks to second with a sacrifice bunt, but she was tagged out attempting to steal in the following at bat.

The game stood at 0-0 until the fourth inning when the Sooners broke it open, scoring three runs off hits from junior second baseman Caleigh Clifton and junior first baseman Falepolima Aviu.

Oklahoma added four runs to its lead in the fifth with the help of a solo homerun from junior designated player Shay Knighten.

The Beavers fall to 26-19 overall on the season and hold a 7-8 record in Pac-12 action. Meanwhile, Oklahoma improves to 41-3 overall and maintains a 12-0 record in the Big 12.

The Beavers left one runner on in the fifth and two on in the sixth ending the game 8-0.

OSU resumes Pac-12 action next weekend at University of Arizona. The first game is scheduled for April 27 at 6 p.m.

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