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The Oregon State softball team will take a break from Pac-12 play when the Beavers face BYU and UNLV for two games each this weekend at the OSU Softball Complex.

The Beavers (16-13) take on BYU at 1 p.m. Friday and at noon on Saturday, then face UNLV at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

BYU (21-9), which is ranked No. 25 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll, lost 1-0 to Oregon on Thursday. UNLV (19-13) is coming off a 3-2 win over Dixie State on Wednesday.

The Beavers were scheduled to play at Portland State on Wednesday but the forecast called for rain so the teams decided to reschedule for May 3.

Oregon State is coming off a come-from-behind 5-4 win at Arizona State on Monday, the Beavers’ first Pac-12 win of the season.

Redshirt senior Natalie Hampton had the big hit, delivering a run-scoring double in the top of the seventh to cap the rally. The Beavers trailed 4-2 heading to the fifth and scored single runs in each of the last three innings.

Hampton could become Oregon State’s all-time leader in career RBIs as she sits one behind Tarrah Beyster, who drove in 143 runs from 1997-2000.

Hampton leads the Beavers with 25 RBIs this season and is batting .326. Shelby Weeks leads the team with a .389 average followed by McKenna Arriola at .380.

Sammi Noland and Alysha Everett both lead the team with five home runs and eight players have driven in at least 10 runs.

As a pitching staff, the Beavers have a 3.77 ERA with senior Taylor Cotton leading the way with a 2.44. She has made 13 starts and has five complete games and three shutouts.

Freshman Nerissa Eason has made 12 starts and has a 4.22 ERA with five complete games and three shutouts.

Opponents are batting .254 against the Beavers but the staff has allowed 122 walks in 187⅔ innings. Only 101 of the 150 runs the Beavers have allowed have been earned.

The Beavers return to Pac-12 play with a three-game series at Washington on April 7.


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Sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald

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