TEMPE, Ariz. — Meehra Nelson Mariah Mazon combined on a three-hitter as the Oregon State softball team wrapped up the Kajokawa Classic with a 3-1 win over Missouri on Sunday at Farrington Stadium
“I thought the team did a great job bouncing back,” coach Laura Berg said. The Beavers were coming off a 7-0 loss to No. 25 Georgia on Saturday. “We didn’t get a lot of hits (Saturday) night but we did (Sunday) and it was good to see them bring the energy, to execute and to bounce back against a very good SEC team.”
Nelson (3-0) went five innings of two-hit ball for the Beavers (4-1), striking out two, while Mazon earned her first career save with two innings of work and two strikeouts.
Oregon State scored a run in the first inning for the second time over the weekend after freshman Hope Brandner roped a single into left field to score junior Shelby Weeks, who reached on an infield single to short.
Missouri (2-3) scored the equalizer on a solo homer by Kolby Romaine in the bottom of the second.
The homer could have been worth another run, but junior Kayleen Shafer gunned down her third runner of the weekend after nailing Cayla Kessinger at second base during the pitch prior to the home run.
The Beavers got two more baserunners in the top of the third, but a timely pitching change from the Tigers cut the the rally short.
OSU freshman Camryn Ybarra delivered a two-run liner into center field to score Weeks and senior McKenna Arriola for a 3-1 lead in the fifth.
The Beavers will head back out on the road this weekend, first with a nonconference contest against Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday, before competing in the Purple and Gold Challenge the next day.