Oregon State advances to super regional round
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Brianne McGowan allowed one run on four hits over seven innings as the Oregon State Beavers defeated Baylor 3-1 Sunday to advance to the NCAA softball super regionals next weekend.
The Beavers (41-13) will host California at the OSU Softball Complex in the double-elimination tournament. The eight winners of the Super Regionals go on to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.
McGowan (27-6) struck out five in the complete-game effort, and added a pair of hits.
Lisa Ferguson (20-15) allowed three runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings in the loss for the Bears (38-22).
Cambria Miranda got it started for the Beavers in the third inning with a solo home run off Ferguson over the center field fence. Miranda tied the Oregon State record with 16 homers this season.
Stefanie Ewing's two-run single in the fourth inning gave Oregon State a 3-0 lead.
McGowan did not give up a hit until the fifth inning, when a sudden downpour sent fans scurrying for cover.
Baylor's Jordan Daniels singled, stole second and went to third on Tessa Lynam's single with two outs. But Kylie Conroy's grounder ended the threat.
The Bears scored in the sixth on Kelly Osburn's solo home run to right-center, her 15th homer this season.
The Beavers, seeded seventh, swept their three games of the Corvallis Regional for their first trip to the super regionals. Portland State and Nevada wrapped up their seasons in the double-elimination tournament on Saturday.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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