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FRESNO, Calif. — The Oregon State softball team finished the Fresno State Invitational on a high note, defeating Sacramento State 6-5 Sunday morning at Margie Wright Diamond.

There were seven errors between the teams, which accounted for seven of the 11 runs. 

Meehra Nelson hurled a complete game for OSU (15-7), allowing five unearned runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk. 

Alysha Everett and Jessica Garcia led the Beavers with two hits apiece.

OSU charged out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning after some well executed two-out hitting. The Beavers had runners on first and second with two outs before Alyssa Pelegrin started the run.

The freshman recorded an RBI single up the middle before Garcia and McKenna Arriola both hit back-to-back RBI singles. 

The Hornets (6-11-1) came back in the fourth after a mistake-filled inning by the Beavers. OSU allowed five runs to score on two hits while committing four errors. 

The Beavers found the equalizer in the fifth after a pair of hits by Lovie Lopez and Everett brought home two runs. The Hornets committed two errors in the inning, which also allowed a run to score.

In the sixth, the Beavers put a base runner on after another Hornet error, which would be costly. Garcia made it to second before Shelby Weeks doubled down the right-field line to bring her around to score and give the Beavers a 6-5 lead.

Sacramento State put a runner on base in the seventh, but the Beavers' defense snuffed any scoring attempt.

OSU will return to Corvallis and open its home schedule at 1 p.m. Monday against No. 7 Minnesota at the OSU Softball Complex.


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