SALT LAKE CITY – The Oregon State softball team withstood a late surge from Utah, as the Beavers upended the Utes 6-2 to salvage the final game of a three-game Pac-12 series on Sunday afternoon.
Freshman Kylie Padilla went 3 for 4 with a triple, two runs and one RBI, while junior Ya Garcia was 2 for 4 with a triple, run scored and one RBI. Kori Nishitomi batted 2 for 4 with a double, run scored and RBI.
OSU outhit the Utes 12-8.
The Beavers (13-20, 3-7) scored a run in the first when Garcia rounded all the bases after the Utah (14-16, 3-8) third-baseman mishandled a grounder and then missed the first-baseman with a throw that bounced off the fence and into the outfield.
The Utes got even in the bottom of the inning, and looked like they might add another run, but Gilmore gunned down the runner at the plate to limit the damage.
Oregon State scored another run on an error in the second inning. The Beavers loaded the bases to start the frame, as junior CJ Chirichigno, Padilla and Bouska all reached. Freshman Amee Aarhus grounded the ball back to the pitcher, and the Utes were able to get Chirichigno out at the plate, but the catcher overthrew the first-baseman, allowing Padilla to come home.
The Beavers took control with four runs in the fourth. Chirichigno led off the inning with a walk before Padilla tripled down the right-field line to bring her home. Bouska scored Padilla with a single, and after a pair of fielder’s choices, Aarhus scored on a double from Nishitomi. Garcia then followed that up with a triple to bring Nishitomi home, giving Oregon State a 6-1 advantage.
The Utes added a run in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh, but Najdek stranded runners on second and third to end the game.
The Beavers will return home next weekend for a three-game set against Oregon. The series will begin on Saturday.
Oregon State 6, Utah 4
OREGON STATE 110 400 0 – 6 12 0
UTAH 100 001 2 – 4 8 3
Najdek and Padilla. Cordova, Nieto (4) and Pacheco. WP: Najdek (9-12). LP: Cordova (6-3). 2B: Nishitomi (OSU), Gonzalez (OSU). 3B: Garcia (OSU), Padilla (OSU), Castro (U)
Hits: OSU 12 (Padilla 3, Nishitomi 2, Garcia 2, Gilmore 2, Bouska 2, Gonzalez). Utah 8 (Flippen, Urtez, Castro 2, Stewart, Ramirez, Pacheco 2)