PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Freshman Mariah Mazon tossed a one-hit shutout as the Oregon State softball team wrapped up the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with a 4-0 win over LIU Brooklyn on Sunday.
“We needed to get that one under our belt and have a win heading back to Corvallis." coach Laura Berg said. "We have some work we need to do when we get back home."
Mazon went the distance and fanned four Blackbirds (3-11) with the only hit coming on a bloop single to left field in the top of the sixth. She retired the first 10 batters she faced before Patricia Griffin reached on an error in the top of the fourth.
Mazon retired six of the seven leadoff batters and recorded 15 outs in 16 at-bats through the first five innings of work.
On the offensive end, Oregon State (10-6) got nine hits and opened the scoring in the bottom of the second after Camryn Ybarra pushed an opposite-field liner to left to plate Missy Nunes.
Nunes was originally thrown out at home, but an obstruction on catcher Victoria Zamora gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead heading into the top of the third.
Mazon helped her own cause in the bottom of the third after coming in to hit with two aboard and her grounder through the left side plated McKenna Arriola and Chance Burden to give OSU a three-run cushion going into the fourth.
A pinch-hit single from Sara Lillie drove in Jessica Garcia in the bottom of the fifth.
The Beavers will have a few days off before returning to the diamond on Friday to open up the San Diego Classic with a doubleheader against Colorado State and No. 22 Minnesota.