SEATTLE – The No. 24 Oregon State softball team tied a season high with three home runs and received a solid performance from senior Tina Andreana on Sunday, but No. 17 Washington overcame a two-run deficit to win 4-3 in the final game of the series at Husky Softball Stadium.
After falling behind on an unearned run in the first, Oregon State (24-14) stormed back with a pair of solo shots in the third inning. Sophomore center fielder Dani Gilmore led off the inning with a prodigious blow into the bleachers in right center for her seventh of the season. Two hitters later, senior shortstop Elizabeth Santana homered just to the left of the scoreboard in center to hand the Beavers a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth, freshman first baseman Natalie Hampton hit her 12th homer of the season and second in Pac-12 play on a lined bullet to left center to make it 3-1. Hampton’s homer came moments before a 92-minute rain delay. After the delay, the Huskies chipped away at the lead before coming out ahead with a walk-off single in the seventh.
Andreana deserved a better fate than the loss she was handed. She went 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two earned runs in striking out six batters and allowing only four hits. Senior outfielder Ashley Sanchez concluded an outstanding series with two more hits on Sunday. She went 6-for-9 in the series with three RBIs. Second baseman Ya Garcia hit .500 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored in eight at-bats.
The Beavers return home for a three-game series with Utah beginning Friday at 3:00 p.m. Both Friday and Sunday’s games will be carried live on the Pac-12 Networks.