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Beavers finish off UO with no-hitter.

Byline: CHRIS HANSEN The Register-Guard

The last time Monica Hoffman took the mound at Howe Field, her fingers were too cold to grip the ball.

Tuesday, however, she couldn't have been any hotter.

The Oregon State sophomore pitcher threw her third no-hitter of the season and stretched her streak of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to 33 as the No. 14 Beavers beat Oregon 1-0 in Pac-10 conference softball.

The game - the third straight between the two teams - was a makeup for a March 16 contest that was postponed when a snowstorm struck midway through the first inning.

It was also the third straight loss for the Ducks (18-12 overall, 0-3 Pac-10), who struggled offensively in each game against the Beavers (30-9, 3-0), losing the previous two games by scores of 2-0 and 3-2, respectively, with only 10 hits total.

"(After two close losses) they were coming out gunning for us," Hoffman said. "But I felt I had good control."

No kidding. Hoffman, who set a school record for no-hitters in a season and tied the career record with her three, pitched seven innings, struck out seven batters and had a perfect game broken up by a pair of walks - one of which came March 16.

"You know, that was just a great pitching performance by (Hoffman)," Oregon coach Brent Rincon said. "She kept us off balance and stayed in control."

Still, Rincon added, it was a winable game for the Ducks, who now have lost 22 straight conference games.

Oregon pitcher Connie McMurren, who threw a no-hitter of her own against UNLV in her last outing, allowed only five hits in seven innings.

Her only mistake came in the top of the second, when former North Eugene standout Jenni Jodoin roped a double to the gap in right-center that scored Kelly Peterson from second base.

After the second, McMurren allowed only three hits and two walks in the final five innings.

"She was so mentally focused and stayed in control after that inning," Rincon said. "She threw a game good enough to win today."

But it was an effort unmatched by the Ducks on offense - despite starting the game with Amber Hutchison on second base and Oregon's top two hitters coming to bat.

Hoffman struck out Alyssa Laux swinging, and Andrea Vidlund grounded out to end the abbreviated inning.

Peterson walked to open the second inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jessica King and scored when Jodoin drilled the third pitch she saw to the outfield wall.

From there it was all Hoffman, as the Ducks hit only two balls out of the infield and never moved a runner past second base.

STANDINGS

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Oregon State 1, Oregon 0

Washington 6, Portland State 2

Washington 9, Portland State 1

Stanford 5, Fresno State 0

Stanford 1, Fresno State 0

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Stanford at Oregon

California at Oregon State

Washington at Arizona

UCLA at Arizona State

SATURDAY'S GAMES

Stanford at Oregon State

California at Oregon

Washington at Arizona State

UCLA at Arizona

OREGON STATE OREGON

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Burnum 3b 3 0 1 0 Haij ss 3 0 0 0

Chaiton cf 3 0 2 0 Hutchison cf 2 0 0 0

Guthrie 2b 3 0 0 0 Laux 2b 3 0 0 0

Prochaska c 2 0 0 0 Vidlund 1b 3 0 0 0

Peterson ss 2 1 0 0 Poore c 2 0 0 0

King rf 1 0 0 0 Luciano pr 0 0 0 0

Jodoin 1b 3 0 1 1 Hall dh 2 0 0 0

Adams dh 1 0 0 0 Bergstrom lf 1 0 0 0

Dellinger pr 0 0 0 0 Eversley lf 0 0 0 0

Maxey lf 0 0 0 0 Richards 3b 2 0 0 0

Mendoza lf 1 0 1 0 Tommasini rf 2 0 0 0

Feldt ph 2 0 0 0

Totals 21 1 5 1 Totals 20 0 0 0

Oregon State... 010 000 0 - 1

Oregon... 000 000 0 - 0

DP - Oregon 2. LOB - Oregon State 5, Oregon 2. 2B - Jodoin.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oregon State

Hoffman... 7 0 0 0 2 7

Oregon

McMurren... 7 5 1 1 4 2

HBP - King by McMurren. T - 1:30. A - 206.

W-L Pct. GB Overall

Oregon State ... 3-0 1.000 - 30-9

Arizona ... 2-0 1.000 1/2 33-4

California ... 2-1 .667 1 35-11

UCLA ... 1-1 .500 1 1/2 33-4

Washington ... 1-1 .500 1 1/2 32-9

Stanford ... 1-2 .333 2 30-5

Arizona State ... 0-2 .000 2 1/2 30-9

Oregon ... 0-3 .000 3 18-12

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Oregon State 1, Oregon 0

Washington 6, Portland State 2

Washington 9, Portland State 1

Stanford 5, Fresno State 0

Stanford 1, Fresno State 0

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Stanford at Oregon

California at Oregon State

Washington at Arizona

UCLA at Arizona State

SATURDAY'S GAMES

Stanford at Oregon State

California at Oregon

Washington at Arizona State

UCLA at Arizona

CAPTION(S):

Monica Hoffman struck out seven Ducks and was two walks from a perfect game.
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Title Annotation:Pac-10: Sophomore Monica Hoffman records her third no-no of season.; Sports
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 3, 2002
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