SEATTLE — Natalie Hampton's first-inning RBI not only gave the Oregon State softball team an early lead on No. 10 Washington on Saturday afternoon, it also etched the senior's name atop the career RBI mark at OSU.
The RBI was the 144th of her career, breaking the previous record of 143 that she had shared with former Beavers great Tarrah Beyster (1997-2000).
Hampton not only got to celebrate that milestone but also an Oregon State victory as the Beavers upset the Huskies 2-1 to even the three-game Pac-12 series.
It's the first win against a top-10 opponent since the Beavers upset the No. 10 Huskies in Corvallis, 3-2, last season.
The Beavers dropped a tough 4-3 decision earlier Saturday in the completion of Friday's game that was postponed after two innings. The teams were tied at 2-all when rain forced the game to be resumed on Saturday.
The Beavers trailed 4-2 in the seventh before Sammi Noland homered, but the Beavers couldn't get the game even.
Looking to rebound, the Beavers scored first after Hampton's single plated Alysha Everett, who reached on a two-out double.
Oregon State continued to hold its one-run lead through the heart of the game and forced the Huskies to leave at least one runner on through the first four innings.
The Beavers added an insurance run in the top of the fifth after Everett singled down the left-field line to score a run. The inning started with McKenna Arriola doubling to center field followed by Shelby Weeks with a single to put runners on the corners.
Washington scored its only run of the game in the home half of the inning on a solo home run.
Both teams stranded a runner in the sixth frame and the Beavers went down quickly in the seventh.
The Huskies tried to make a comeback in the bottom half of the inning, but a strikeout by Nerissa Eason and a great play by second baseman Stephanie Merwin helped the Beavers secure the win.
Weeks, Everett and Lovie Lopez all finished with multiple hits in the win, while Everett and Hampton each recorded an RBI.
Taylor Cotton picked up the win after pitching six innings, while punching out two and allowing one earned run. Eason pitched the final inning in relief, recording her first career save.
Oregon State (19-16, 2-6) will look for the series when when it takes on the Huskies at 5 p.m. Sunday.