TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Oregon State softball team squandered a late lead and eventually fell 9-3 to Wisconsin in eight innings on Friday in the opening round of the Tuscaloosa Regional at Rhoads Stadium, 9-3.
The Beavers (28-27) led 3-2 and got the first two outs in the top of the seventh inning. However, three straight walks loaded the bases and the tying run scored on an infield single, forcing extra innings.
The Badgers (29-21) then erupted for six runs in the top of the eighth to break the game open and send OSU into the consolation bracket.
Senior first baseman Alysha Everett was 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs to lead the OSU offense. Senior infielder McKenna Arriola doubled, tripled and scored twice.
Starting pitcher Meehra Nelson allowed three hits and three runs over seven innings. She struck out 10 and walked four. Reliever Mariah Mazon allowed all six runs — two earned — in the decisive eighth and was tagged with the loss.
OSU took a 1-0 lead in the home first when Everett singled to drive in Arriola, who started the inning with a triple. Everett's two-run homer in the third, her fifth of the season, made it 3-0.
Wisconsin cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth on a two-run homer. The Beavers had two runners aboard in the sixth inning but could not score, a shortcoming that would prove crucial the following inning.
The Beavers will face Middle Tennessee on Saturday in an elimination game. Alabama, which cruised to an 8-0, six-inning victory Friday night, and Wisconsin will play in the winner's bracket.