CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – Oregon State softball pitchers surrendered just three hits in two games and freshman first baseman Natalie Hampton homered in each game Thursday as the Beavers shut out Colorado State, 11-0, and Maryland, 8-0.
Senior starter Marina Demore didn’t take to the circle until after the offense had given her a 5-0 lead with excellent plate discipline. The Beavers forced five walks in the top of the first inning as the first seven hitters reached base. Seniors Elizabeth Santana and Desiree Beltran each had RBI singles in the inning around the free passes.
That would be all Demore would need. In five innings, she struck out seven while allowing just two hits and two walks. She won her sixth of the season and remains undefeated in games she starts.
In the second, another senior repeated a familiar theme. Outfielder Lea Cavestany hit a grand slam to break the game wide open. It was her second grand slam of the season and fourth homer overall. It also extended her hitting streak to 10 games, one that would end against Maryland later in the evening.
Hampton’s homer closed the scoring in the fifth inning as she drove in Santana with the blast.
Against Maryland, it was Santana’s homer to open the scoring in the first. It was the first of four solid at-bats for the shortstop where she hit the ball on the screws. Three of them fell for hits, while the other was a laser that found an outfielder’s glove.
Her triple in the third came one inning after second baseman Ya Garcia did the same. The Beavers had one triple in the first 12 games of the season, but tripled their season total in a matter of four batters Thursday. Garcia’s scored catcher Ally Kutz to make it 3-0.
The scored stayed the same until Hampton hit her sixth homer of the season and third in as many games to lead off the sixth inning.
Senior Tina Andreana pitched her second consecutive one-hit outing, this time going the full seven innings to earn the complete-game shutout. She struck out eight and walked four and continually baffled Maryland hitters with check swings weakly hit grounders.
Senior outfielder Ashley Sanchez joined Garcia and Santana with multiple hits against Maryland. Sanchez was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.