Padilla Cycles as Beavers Split

Photo By: Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics   02-07-2014

TEMPE, Ariz. – Freshman Kylie Padilla hit for the first cycle in school history, as the Oregon State softball team split a pair of games at the Kajikawa Classic, Friday afternoon in Tempe, Ariz. The Beavers opened the day by overcoming a six-run deficit to defeat Penn State 12-10, before they fell to Cal State Northridge 3-2.

Padilla exploded offensively for the Beavers (2-2) against Penn State, going 4-for-4 with three extra-base hits, and a school record tying seven RBIs.

Oregon State found itself trailing early, as the Nittany Lions scored six runs in the first two innings, in a stretch that included a second-inning grand slam. The Beavers began chipping away at the lead in the bottom of the second, when a Padilla homerun brought sophomore Kori Nishitomi home, cutting the lead to four. The blast was the first of Padilla’s career.

The Beavers added another run in the third, when sophomore Christie Langlois converted a two-out RBI opportunity, driving in CJ Chirichigno after the junior had tripled the at-bat before. Oregon State continued to salt away at the lead in the fourth inning, as Padilla came through with a ground-rule double, before being driven in on a triple from senior Isabelle Batayola, as the Beavers cut the edge to 6-4.

Penn State responded with three runs in the top of the fifth, to stretch the lead back to five, but the Beavers answered back with three of their own in the bottom of the frame to bring the advantage back to two. The Oregon State rally began when Chirichigno was hit by a pitch. Langlois proceeded to drive her in with a double. Two batters later, Nishitomi walked, and Padilla came through with a double, bringing Langlois and Nishitomi home to make the score 9-7.

The Beavers then exploded with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. The inning began with a pair of walks from senior Hannah Bouska and junior Dani Gilmore. Chirichigno brought Bouska home with a single, before the Nittany Lions intentionally walked Langlois to load the bases. Freshman Alexis Gonzalez tallied an infield single to plate Gilmore, before Padilla cleared the bases with a 3-RBI triple, giving Oregon State a 12-9 lead and completing the cycle.

Penn State was able to cut the lead to two in the top of the seventh, but senior Amanda Najdek struck out the final two batters to get the win.

Oregon State didn’t wait long to score in the second game of the day, as it got on the board in the top of the first against Cal State Northridge on an RBI triple from Langlois. The advantage wouldn’t last long, however, as the Matadors scored two in the bottom of the frame, before adding another in the second.

The Beavers cut the edge to one in the third, when Gilmore fired a solo homerun over the right-field fence; her second long-ball of the season. It looked as though the Beavers might be able to put together a rally in the sixth, but they were unable to plate any runners, and the Matadors took the win.

Junior Melanie Dembinski recorded a pair of strikeouts in the losing effort, as she made her first career start.

The Beavers will return to action tomorrow, when they take on Colorado State at 6 p.m. PT.

Game Notes:

-          Kylie Padilla tied a school record with seven RBIs against Penn State, matching the mark set by OSU legend Tarrah Beyster in 1999.

-          Padilla also tied Oregon State records with two doubles (57 times) and four hits (17 times)

-          Additionally, Padilla hit her first career home run.

-          As a team, the Beaver tied a school record with three triples against Penn State

-          Dani Gilmore now has 76 career walks, one short of Adrienne Alo in eighth on the Oregon State all-time list.

-          Isabelle Batayola recorded her first career extra-base hit against Penn State

-          Alexis Gonzalez tallied her first career hit.