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BATON ROUGE, La. — The Oregon State softball team found itself in a pitcher’s duel on Sunday against No. 7 LSU at Tiger Park to close out the Purple and Gold Challenge.

Unfortunately for the Beavers, they couldn’t plate a run and dropped a tough 1-0 decision to the Tigers (10-0).

The Beavers lost 3-2 to LSU on Saturday night.

“I’m proud of the team,” coach Laura Berg said. “They hung tough with the seventh-ranked team in the country in a game that could’ve gone either way.

“So I’m really proud of these guys, especially after traveling a long way and dealing with adversity. It’s going to make them better and it’s going to make them tougher.”

Junior Meehra Nelson went toe-to-toe with Carly Hoover (4-0) in the circle and ended with a complete game after striking out four while scattering three hits over six innings of work. Nelson retired 12 of the first 14 batters she faced in the contest.

Oregon State’s best chance to score came in its final at-bat after freshman Mariah Mazon had her first career hit on a swinging bunt with two outs.

Freshman Sara Lillie came in to pinch hit and sent liner into right field that appeared to be landing for a hit, but a diving catch ended the game.

Oregon State returns to the diamond this coming week at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, California.

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