COLUMBIA, Mo. – Senior pitcher Marina Demore threw seven effective innings and freshman Christie Langlois had her first career multi-hit game, but Hofstra scored the only runs of the game in a two-run fifth inning en route to a 2-0 win Friday afternoon in the opening game of the NCAA Regional.
The Beavers (33-23) posted hits in each of their first four at-bats but couldn’t push a run across against Hofstra starter Olivia Galati. She came in with 37 wins and a 1.39 ERA, but Oregon State showed little fear as center fielder Lea Cavestany led off the game with a single to center. A line-drive double play ended that frame, but the Beavers again threatened in the second and fourth with Langlois playing a central role in each.
In the second, her one-out single followed a leadoff hit by first baseman Natalie Hampton. With two on and one out, though, the Beavers couldn’t scratch out another hit. In the fourth, Langlois followed Desiree Beltran’s hit-by-pitch with a lined single to left. With Mollee Schwegler pinch-running for Beltran, the runners were able to move into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Ya Garcia. But a pop to second base ended the inning to leave the game scoreless.
Demore matched Galati zero-for-zero through the first four innings. But Hofstra (44-11) loaded the bases without hitting a ball terribly hard against Demore to lead off the fifth. After a pop to Santana got the first out, a double to right center broke the tie and turned into the eventual game-winning runs.
Demore went seven full, scattering seven hits while walking just two and striking out one. The Beavers now await the loser of the Missouri-Stony Brook contest for a 2:30 meeting tomorrow afternoon.
OREGON STATE HEAD COACH LAURA BERG
“I don’t have a lot to say other than the obvious. In this game you have to do the little things or you don’t win. It’s plain and simple; we had too many flyballs, too many strike-outs.”
On the challenges going forward….
“We have to be less tentative. We don’t have time for tentativeness. I don’t know what these girls are waiting for. You win or you go home, and our backs are against the wall – we have to play better.”
OREGON STATE SENIOR P MARINA DEMORE
On Hofstra’s offensive performance….
“I think they did a good job. They put the bat on the ball and had some timely hitting.”