SALT LAKE CITY — Junior CJ Chirichigno and senior Hannah Bouska both hit home runs, but the Oregon State softball team came up just short in the second game of its series against Utah, 6-4.
Chirichigno’s homer was a two-run blast in the top of the first inning that cleared the fence in straightaway center field, 235 feet from home plate. Bouska’s solo shot went over the wall in left-center, and was the 100th hit of her career.
Junior Dani Gilmore went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run, while freshman Kylie Padilla went 2 for 3 with a double. Kori Nishitomi had a double and a run.
The Beavers (12-20, 2-7 Pac-12) went up 3-0 in the top of the first. Nishitomi led off with a double down the left-field line, before Gilmore brought her home with a single through the middle. Chirichigno followed with her home run.
The Utes (14-15, 3-7) bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the first, but Bouska’s home run brought the Beavers lead back to two at 4-2. The advantage was short-lived, however, as Utah scored twice in the bottom of the second. The Utes added two more in the bottom of the fifth.
The Beavers will close out their series with the Utes today with an 11 a.m. start. Pac-12 Oregon will televise the game.
Utah 6, Oregon State 4
OREGON STATE 310 000 0 — 4 6 1
UTAH 220 020 x — 6 8 0
Dembinski and Padilla. Nieto, Cordova (4) and Pacheco. WP: Cordova (6-2). LP: Dembinski (2-6). 2B: Nishitomi (OSU), Padilla (OSU), Pacheco (U). HR: Chirichigno (OSU), Bouska (OSU), Castro (U)