Cougs Take Down No. 7 Oregon State in Extra Innings

Jodi Norton drove in the game winning RBI against Oregon State (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

LAS -- The BYU (6-2) softball team lost to Cal State Northridge 8-3, and then beat No. 7 Oregon State (3-2) 2-1 in extra innings at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic.

"Sometimes that's the way this game goes," BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. "After [the Northridge loss] I told them not to panic and to trust what we've worked on for so long. Basically, in the words of the Terminator 'We'll be back,' and sure enough they came back and played a great game against Oregon State."

Senior Jodi Norton drove in the game winning RBI in the top of the ninth inning against OSU with a single up the middle. Fellow senior Cortney Nix-Clark, who was on second base, scored the go-ahead run that promptly put an end to BYU's two-game losing streak. Norton, who finished two-for-four against the Beavers, said it felt great to get the big hit.

"It was awesome," Norton said. "We knew we were playing a great Oregon State team, but we weren't going to let down. I knew I had to step it up and get a big hit, and luckily, it came at a good time."

Christina Gwyn pitched a complete game on the way to grabbing her fourth win of the season. Gwyn allowed just one run on four hits and struck out five against the highly ranked opponent.

"It just shows our kids and the softball community that we're for real," Eakin said.

Northridge pulled away from the Cougars late in the fifth and sixth innings by scoring three runs in each of those innings to take a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth. In the sixth, Dani Urincho scored on a Jennifer Whiteley single, and Angeline Quiocho cut the deficit to four when she crossed home off of a Monica Gonzales ground out.

BYU was unable to get any closer than that, as Amanda Pitzenberger retired four of the Cougars' last five batters. Freshman Christie Zinanti picked up the first loss of her career, allowing four earned runs in five innings and recording five strikeouts.

BYU finishes the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic with two games on Saturday. The Cougars face Cal Poly at 9 a.m. PST and Illinois at noon PST. The game against Illinois will be available via livestats.

BYU vs Oregon State

Feb 16, 2007 at Las Vegas, Nev. (Lynn Craig Park)

BYU 2

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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NIX-CLARK, Cortney c..... 4 1 0 0 0 1 5 1 1

HOCH, Tracee 2b.......... 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 6 0

NORTON, Jodi ss.......... 4 0 2 1 0 2 3 0 0

SNOW, Emi rf............. 4 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 2

URINCHO, Daniela 1b...... 4 0 0 0 0 0 12 2 2

QUIOCHO, Angeline 3b..... 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0

ZINANTI, Christie dh..... 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0

ANDERSON, Jana pr....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WHITELEY, Jennifer lf.... 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0

GONZALES, Monica cf...... 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

GWYN, Christina p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

Totals................... 31 2 6 2 0 8 27 13 5

Oregon State 1

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Longfellow ss............ 3 0 1 1 0 0 3 2 0

Johnson cf............... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

Miranda rf............... 2 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0

Young 1b................. 4 0 0 0 0 2 7 0 4

McGowan dh............... 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ewing c.................. 3 0 0 0 1 0 8 1 2

Bean pr................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Dyer lf.................. 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

Ford ph................. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Lowe 2b.................. 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0

Chisholm ph............. 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

Galvan 3b................ 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 0

Roberts pr.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

McElroy p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

Totals................... 27 1 4 1 3 5 27 8 7

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU................. 100 000 001 - 2 6 0

Oregon State........ 000 010 000 - 1 4 0

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DP - BYU 2. LOB - BYU 5; Oregon State 7. 2B - SNOW. HBP - Longfellow;

Chisholm. SH - WHITELEY; Johnson. CS - WHITELEY.

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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GWYN, Christina..... 9.0 4 1 1 3 5 27 33

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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McElroy............. 9.0 6 2 1 0 8 31 32

Win - GWYN. Loss - McElroy. Save - None.

WP - GWYN. HBP - by GWYN (Longfellow); by GWYN (Chisholm).

Umpires -

Start: 12 p.m. Time: 2:29 Attendance: 187

Game: BY-OSU

Play-by-Play

The Automated ScoreBook

BYU vs Oregon State - Play-by-Play

Feb 16, 2007 at Las Vegas, Nev. (Lynn Craig Park)

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU................. 100 000 001 - 2 6 0

Oregon State........ 000 010 000 - 1 4 0

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BYU starters: 10/c NIX-CLARK; 4/2b HOCH; 8/ss NORTON; 18/rf SNOW; 22/1b URINCHO;

33/3b QUIOCHO; 14/dh ZINANTI; 3/lf WHITELEY; 24/cf GONZALES; 11/p GWYN;

Oregon State starters: 2/ss Longfellow; 6/cf Johnson; 10/rf Miranda; 17/1b Young;

15/dh McGowan; 24/c Ewing; 21/lf Dyer; 4/2b Lowe; 8/3b Galvan; 1/p McElroy;

BYU 1st - NIX-CLARK struck out swinging. HOCH singled to left field. NORTON

struck out looking. SNOW doubled to left field, RBI; HOCH scored. URINCHO grounded

out to 3b. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon State 1st - Longfellow grounded out to 2b. Johnson grounded out to 2b.

Miranda singled to left field. Young out at first 1b to 2b to 1b. 0 runs, 1 hit,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 2nd - QUIOCHO flied out to rf. ZINANTI grounded out to 2b. WHITELEY

singled to first base, bunt. WHITELEY out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon State 2nd - McGowan grounded out to 2b. Ewing grounded out to 1b

unassisted. Dyer struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 3rd - GONZALES flied out to lf. NIX-CLARK grounded out to 1b unassisted.

HOCH grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon State 3rd - Lowe struck out swinging. Galvan singled through the right

side. Longfellow hit by pitch; Galvan advanced to second. Johnson out at first 3b to

2b, SAC, bunt; Longfellow advanced to second; Galvan advanced to third. Miranda

walked. Young flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

BYU 4th - NORTON struck out swinging. SNOW struck out swinging. URINCHO lined

out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon State 4th - McGowan flied out to rf. Ewing walked. Bean pinch ran for

Ewing. Ford pinch hit for Dyer. Ford lined into double play 1b to 2b; Bean out on

the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 5th - Ewing to c for Bean. Ford to lf. QUIOCHO struck out swinging.

ZINANTI struck out looking. WHITELEY out at first 3b to 2b, bunt. 0 runs, 0 hits,

0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon State 5th - Chisholm pinch hit for Lowe. Chisholm hit by pitch.

Chisholm advanced to second on a wild pitch. Galvan singled to left field; Chisholm

advanced to third. Roberts pinch ran for Galvan. Longfellow singled to center field,

RBI; Roberts advanced to second; Chisholm scored. Roberts out at second c to ss,

picked off. Johnson lined into double play p to 1b; Longfellow out on the play. 1

run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 6th - Miranda to 2b. Chisholm to rf. Galvan to 3b for Roberts. GONZALES

flied out to cf. NIX-CLARK grounded out to 3b. HOCH singled to right field. NORTON

singled up the middle; HOCH advanced to second. SNOW struck out swinging. 0 runs,

2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Oregon State 6th - Miranda grounded out to 2b. Young struck out swinging.

McGowan fouled out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 7th - URINCHO fouled out to 3b. QUIOCHO fouled out to 1b. ZINANTI struck

out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon State 7th - Ewing grounded out to 2b. Ford grounded out to 3b.

Chisholm struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 8th - ANDERSON pinch ran for ZINANTI. ANDERSON placed on second. WHITELEY

out at first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt; ANDERSON advanced to third. GONZALES lined out to

ss. NIX-CLARK flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon State 8th - Chisholm placed on second. ZINANTI to dh for ANDERSON.

Galvan popped up to 3b, bunt. Longfellow grounded out to 1b unassisted; Chisholm

advanced to third. Johnson grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

BYU 9th - NIX-CLARK placed on second. HOCH popped up to p, bunt. NORTON

singled up the middle, RBI; NIX-CLARK scored. SNOW popped up to p, bunt. URINCHO

grounded out to ss. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon State 9th - Johnson placed on second. Miranda walked. Young struck out

swinging. McGowan popped up to ss. Ewing lined out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 2 LOB.

Northridge vs BYU

Feb 16, 2007 at Henderson, Nev. (Stephanie Lynn Craig)

Northridge 8 (1-4-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Zakosek 3b............... 4 3 3 4 0 1 1 2 1

Alvarado rf.............. 4 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0

Saenz lf................. 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0

Peek c................... 4 1 2 3 0 0 9 0 0

Rymer 1b................. 2 0 0 0 2 2 3 0 1

Putnam ss................ 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0

Smith dh................. 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Pitzenberger 2b.......... 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0

Olivas pr............... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Duree cf................. 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Lovato p................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Simko 2b................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 26 8 10 8 2 5 21 3 5

BYU 3 (5-2)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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NIX-CLARK, Cortney c..... 1 0 0 0 3 0 7 1 0

HOCH, Tracee 2b.......... 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 3 2

NORTON, Jodi ss.......... 4 0 1 1 0 2 2 2 2

SNOW, Emi rf............. 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 2

URINCHO, Daniela 1b...... 1 1 0 0 1 1 4 3 0

PLATT, Stephanie pr..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ANDERSON, Jana ph....... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

QUIOCHO, Angeline 3b..... 3 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 0

GWYN, Christina dh....... 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 2

WHITELEY, Jennifer lf.... 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0

GONZALES, Monica cf...... 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0

ZINANTI, Christie p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 25 3 5 3 6 9 21 15 8

Score by Innings R H E

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Northridge.......... 100 033 1 - 8 10 0

BYU................. 000 012 0 - 3 5 2

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E - HOCH(1); NORTON(2). DP - Matadors 1; Cougars 2. LOB - Matadors 5;

Cougars 8. 2B - Saenz(3); Peek(2); Pitzenberger(1); GONZALES(1). 3B -

Zakosek(1). HR - Zakosek(1); Peek(2). HBP - Saenz 2; Smith 2; URINCHO. SH -

Duree 2(2). SB - Duree(1); PLATT(1). CS - Putnam(1).

Northridge IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Lovato.............. 6.0 5 3 3 6 7 22 29

Pitzenberger........ 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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ZINANTI, Christie... 5.0 6 4 4 1 5 18 23

URINCHO, Daniela.... 2.0 4 4 4 1 0 8 11

Win - Lovato (1-3). Loss - ZINANTI (2-1). Save - None.

WP - Lovato 2(3). HBP - by ZINANTI (Saenz); by ZINANTI (Smith); by Lovato

(URINCHO); by ZINANTI (Saenz); by URINCHO (Smith).

Umpires -

Start: 8:57 am Time: 2:33 Attendance: 105

Game: BYU_CSUN

Play-by-Play

The Automated ScoreBook

Northridge vs BYU - Play-by-Play

Feb 16, 2007 at Henderson, Nev. (Stephanie Lynn Craig)

Score by Innings R H E

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Northridge.......... 100 033 1 - 8 10 0

BYU................. 000 012 0 - 3 5 2

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Northridge starters: 25/3b Zakosek; 3/rf Alvarado; 27/lf Saenz; 24/c Peek; 12/1b

Rymer; 15/ss Putnam; 4/dh Smith; 1/2b Pitzenberger; 10/cf Duree; 5/p Lovato;

BYU starters: 10/c NIX-CLARK; 4/2b HOCH; 8/ss NORTON; 18/rf SNOW; 22/1b URINCHO;

33/3b QUIOCHO; 11/dh GWYN; 3/lf WHITELEY; 24/cf GONZALES; 14/p ZINANTI;

Northridge 1st - Zakosek tripled to right field. Alvarado out at first p to

2b to 1b, RBI; Zakosek scored. Saenz hit by pitch. Peek grounded out to 3b; Saenz

advanced to second. Rymer walked. Putnam singled to left field; Rymer advanced to

second; Saenz advanced to third, out at home lf to c. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

BYU 1st - NIX-CLARK walked. HOCH popped into double play 3b to 2b; NIX-CLARK

out on the play. NORTON struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Northridge 2nd - Smith hit by pitch. Pitzenberger grounded into double play

3b to 2b to 1b; Smith out on the play. Duree reached on an error by 2b. Duree stole

second. Zakosek struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

BYU 2nd - SNOW walked. URINCHO struck out swinging. QUIOCHO struck out

swinging. GWYN grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Northridge 3rd - Alvarado grounded out to 2b. Saenz struck out swinging. Peek

lined out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 3rd - WHITELEY singled up the middle. GONZALES lined out to ss. NIX-CLARK

flied out to rf. WHITELEY advanced to second on a wild pitch. HOCH walked. NORTON

fouled out to lf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Northridge 4th - Rymer struck out swinging, grounded out to c unassisted.

Putnam singled to right field. Smith struck out swinging; Putnam out at second c to

ss, caught stealing. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 4th - SNOW flied out to rf. URINCHO hit by pitch. PLATT pinch ran for

URINCHO. QUIOCHO struck out swinging; PLATT stole second. GWYN struck out swinging.

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Northridge 5th - URINCHO to 1b for PLATT. Pitzenberger doubled to left

center. Olivas pinch ran for Pitzenberger. Duree out at first 3b to 2b, SAC; Olivas

advanced to third. Zakosek singled to left center, RBI; Olivas scored. Alvarado

flied out to rf. Saenz hit by pitch; Zakosek advanced to second. Peek doubled to

left field, 2 RBI; Saenz scored; Zakosek scored. URINCHO to dh. GWYN to 1b. Rymer

struck out swinging. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 5th - Pitzenberger to 2b for Olivas. WHITELEY flied out to rf. GONZALES

doubled to left center. NIX-CLARK walked. HOCH struck out swinging. NORTON singled

to center field, RBI; NIX-CLARK advanced to second; GONZALES scored. SNOW struck out

looking. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Northridge 6th - URINCHO to p. ZINANTI to dh. Putnam grounded out to p. Smith

hit by pitch. Pitzenberger singled to shortstop; Smith advanced to second. Duree out

at first p to 2b, SAC; Pitzenberger advanced to second; Smith advanced to third.

Zakosek homered to left center, 3 RBI; Pitzenberger scored; Smith scored. Alvarado

reached on an error by ss. Saenz doubled to center field; Alvarado advanced to

third, out at home cf to ss to c. 3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

BYU 6th - URINCHO walked. QUIOCHO singled to left field; URINCHO advanced to

second. GWYN flied out to cf. WHITELEY singled to right field, RBI; QUIOCHO advanced

to third; URINCHO scored. GONZALES grounded out to 1b unassisted, RBI; WHITELEY

advanced to second; QUIOCHO scored. WHITELEY advanced to third on a wild pitch.

NIX-CLARK walked. HOCH grounded out to ss. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Northridge 7th - Peek homered to center field, RBI. Rymer walked. Putnam

grounded into double play ss to 1b; Rymer out on the play. Smith grounded out to p.

1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 7th - Pitzenberger to p. Simko to 2b for Lovato. NORTON struck out

looking. SNOW flied out to lf. ANDERSON pinch hit for URINCHO. ANDERSON struck out

looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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