CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. — Too many mistakes proved to be the Oregon State softball team's undoing in a 10-7 loss to No. 6 Auburn in the Mary Nutter Classic on Saturday afternoon.
The Beavers (9-6) committed five errors in the game to Auburn's one.
“Defensively we didn’t get it done,” OSU coach Laura Berg said. “We did what we needed to do offensively and in the circle to beat Auburn, but we’re not going to beat top 25 teams while committing five errors.
“We just have to play catch.”
OSU kept it close through the first half of the game. The Beavers scored three in the bottom of the third to tie it at 4-4.
McKenna Arriola had a solo home run in the inning and Alysha Everett followed up with a two-run blast.
Auburn added two runs in the top of the fourth but the Beavers cut it to 6-5 when Chance Burden singled in Michelle Sass.
The Wildcats widened the lead to 10-5 through the top of the sixth before Arriola came up with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
A home run over left center by Hope Brandner in the seventh got OSU within 10-7, but that was all the Beavers could muster.
The Beavers finished with 11 hits and seven RBIs. Brandner, Arriola, Everett and Jessica Garcia all went 2 for 4. Arriola and Everett both had two RBIs.
OSU winds up the tournament on Sunday with a game against LIU Brooklyn.