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PORTLAND — Oregon State ended a four-game losing streak with an 8-0 nonconference win over Portland State on Wednesday in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.

Taylor Cotton allowed just three hits and struck out six without issuing a walk to pick up the win in the circle.

Natalie Hampton had two hits and two RBIs while Sammi Noland and Stephanie Merwin also chipped in with two hits.

The Beavers (25-22) took control in the first inning, scoring four times.

McKenna Arriola walked and Shelby Weeks reached on an error before Noland singled to drive in Arriola.

Hampton and Alysha Everett followed with run-scoring singles and Lovie Lopez made it 4-0 with a sacrifice fly.

In the second, Jessica Garcia singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch for a 5-0 lead.

Hampton blasted a solo homer in the fourth and Merwin added an RBI-double to plate Lopez, who singled, to make it 7-0.

Arriola singled and eventually scored on an error after a groundout by Michelle Sass in the fifth.

The Beavers return home to face Utah for a three-game Pac-12 series beginning at 1 p.m. Friday. The teams meet at 1 p.m. Saturday and wrap up the series at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Those will be the final home games of the season for the Beavers (6-12 in conference), who are still battling to be in position for a possible postseason berth.

Utah (32-9, 12-4) comes in as the No. 10/11 team according to the two polls and is in second in the conference behind Arizona (17-4). The Utes could still claim the title by winning out as they took two of three from the Wildcats earlier.

Utah is home against Washington next weekend while the Beavers close out the regular season at California.


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