Oregon State softball junior Dani Gilmore is joining some pretty good company in the power-hitting department.
Although a game on Sunday morning against California got out of hand — the Golden Bears ended up with a 13-3 victory — the Beavers kept battling in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and Ya Garcia on first base following a single through the right side, Gilmore went to work on Cal pitcher Katie Finch.
Finch had allowed just five hits to that point with seven strikeouts but was fighting control issues. Gilmore had the advantage with a 2-1 count when she took Finch deep. The ball sailed out of the OSU Softball Complex down the right-field line to give the Beavers something to smile about during a long weekend.
The home run was Gilmore’s 23rd in a Beavers uniform, which moved her into a tie for 10th place with Vanessa Iapala on the program’s all-time list. Besides the long ball, Gilmore has also been one of OSU’s most patient with 92 career walks. That number moved her to within four of second place on that career list.
The Beavers (11-18, 2-5 Pac-12) experienced a long weekend not just because of the 10-run loss, but because of the rain. The series was supposed to start Friday and when that was rained out, the two clubs were scheduled for a twinbill on Saturday. That also was washed away and another doubleheader was planned for Sunday.
The second game on Sunday was never played as precipitation forced out the tarp and the Golden Bears (19-11, 3-1) had to leave town.
Following the two victories against powerhouse Arizona State in the first Pac-12 home series this season, OSU likely wanted to get in good innings in front of the home fans.
Cal outhit the Beavers, 17-6, and all but one player in the Bears’ starting lineup had a hit. All of Cal’s starters reached base and scored at least one run.
Garcia had two of the OSU’s six hits and scored two of the three runs. Alexis Gonzalez had the team’s other RBI when she hit a double to center field to bring home Garcia in the first inning.
Cal junior Cheyenne Cordes went 1 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs scored, her day boosted by a three-run shot to put the Bears up 5-1 in the fourth. Junior Danielle Henderson went 4 for 4 and sophomore Vanessa Alvarez was 4 for 5.
In the circle, OSU’s Amanda Najdek had four strikeouts and five walks.
OSU steps out of the conference on Wednesday with a noon matchup — weather permitting — against visiting UC Santa Barbara. Those two teams were originally supposed to meet back on Feb. 28.
California 13, Oregon State 3
CALIFORNIA 001 500 7 — 13 17 0
OREGON STATE 100 000 2 — 3 6 4
Finch and Jones. Najdek and Padilla. WP: Finch (6-3). LP: Najdek (7-11). 2B: Alvarez (Cal), Gonzalez (OSU). HR: Cordes (Cal), Gilmore (OSU)
Hits: Cal 17 (Henderson 4, Alvarez 4, Kostreba 3, Reed 2, Cordes, Robben, Decker, Jones). OSU 6 (Garcia 2, Nishitomi, Gilmore, Gonzalez, Chirichigno)
RBIs: Cal 10 (Cordes 3, Kostreba 2, Alvarez 2, Reed, Henderson, Decker). OSU 3 (Gilmore 2, Gonzalez)