CORVALLIS — Oregon State pitcher Paige Hall turned in a stellar performance on Saturday in her first start in three weeks but no run support added up to a 1-0 Pacific-10 Conference softball loss to No. 7 California.
Hall went the distance with a six-hitter and five strikeouts during an overcast afternoon at the OSU Softball Complex.
Cal blanked the Beavers for the second straight game. OSU has struggled offensively in recent contests, scoring just one run over the past 34 innings.
The Golden Bears (36-9, 12-5) scored in the top of the second on a one-out, bases-loaded fielder’s choice. Hall struck out the next better to end the inning.
OSU turned double plays in each of the next three innings to escape further damage.
The Bears threatened in the sixth with runners on the corners and no outs. On a Cal steal of second, OSU shortstop Nikki Chandler caught the baserunner off third and threw to catcher Ally Katz, who then fired the ball to Desiree Beltran at third for the out.
OSU got out of the inning with a strikeout and groundout.
The Beavers got a runner to second in the sixth with two outs but could not get a clutch hit for the tie.
Cal ace Jolene Henderson won for the second straight day with a four-hitter that included six strikeouts and one walk. She is now 32-6 on the season.
The Beavers (18-24, 1-16) face Cal for the third game of the “Strike Out Cancer” series at 11 a.m. today.
(7) California 1, Oregon State 0
CALIFORNIA 010 000 0 — 1 6 0
OREGON STATE 000 000 0 — 0 4 0
Henderson and Ziegenhirt. Hall and Kutz. WP: Henderson (32-6). LP: Hall (6-5)
Hits: Cal 6 (Vonk 2, Williams 2, Ziegenhirt, Decker). OSU 4 (Sanchez, Roderfeld, Chandler, Kutz)
RBIs: Cal 1 (Jones). OSU 0