CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Freshman Paige Lowe scored on a
misfielded grounder in the seventh inning and Oregon State beat
Baylor 5-3 Saturday to advance to the NCAA Corvallis Regional
The Beavers (40-13) will again face the Bears (38-21) on Sunday,
after Baylor defeated Portland State 3-2 in the late game on
If the Beavers win, they will advance. If the Bears win, the two
teams will play a second game in the double elimination tournament.
In the early game Saturday, Brianne McGowan (26-6) gave up
back-to-back Baylor home runs in the first inning but settled down
to pitch a complete game with seven strikeouts.
"Whenever I give up runs early in the game, I always have
confidence that they're (my teammates) going to come back and give
me some runs," McGowan said.
Baylor took the 3-0 lead in the first off homers from Chelsi
Lake and Ashley Monceaux.
Oregon State scored in the third inning on Mia Longfellow's
double to make it 3-1, before catcher Lisa Allen hit a two-run home
run in the sixth inning to tie it.
Pinch hitter Ingrid Lochelt's grounder with runners in scoring
position was misplayed by Baylor's third baseman allowing Lowe to
score the go-ahead run.
"I was nervous, but I just kind of felt that I was going to see
it and hit it. I wanted to give it my all because it is my senior
year _ I wanted to put us in a position for us to win," Lochelt
Oregon State added a run when Longfellow reached on a bases
loaded fielders choice and the play at the plate was too late.
Lisa Ferguson (19-14) gave up five runs on six hits for the
"One of the characteristics that this team has been consistent
with is not letting the first part of the game effect the finish of
the game. It's a hard thing to do, especially in the regional
tournament," Oregon State coach Kirk Waker said. "It was kind of
tough, but this team does a great job of adjusting and going after
it and building on every at bat. I had confidence after the third
inning that they were getting on track."
Baylor advanced when Harmony Schwethel's misplayed grounder
scored Alex Colyer in the seventh inning and Baylor beat Portland
With the score tied at 2, Colyer led-off the seventh with a
double to center field and scored when Schwethel's grounder was
The Vikings scored on Katie Stokes RBI single in the second,
then made it 2-0 a passed ball in the bottom of the third.
The Bears rallied to tie it in the top of the sixth with a hard
2-run shot by Ashley Monceaux.
Ferguson pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing two hits, in the win.
Michelle Hext allowed three runs on six hits in the loss, which
eliminated the Vikings (38-20). She struck out eight.
In the other game Saturday, Kimi Daniel scored the go-ahead run
when Jamee Rauch reached base on a fielder's choice and Portland
State beat Nevada 2-1.
Mandy Hill (24-7) allowed just one run on two hits in a complete
game for the Vikings, who had their first-ever postseason victory.
Jordan McPherson (22-22) allowed two runs on four hits in six
innings for Nevada (33-33), which was eliminated.
Nevada took the early lead in the third inning with Cindy
Elkins' solo home run.
Portland State tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with
Rauch's RBI single. Rauch's fielder's choice scored Daniel in the