Najdek Throws Gem; Beavers Fall in Extra's

Photo By: Dave Nishitani/Oregon State Athletics   02-08-2014

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TEMPE, Ariz. – Senior Amanda Najdek struck out seven through eight innings of work and freshman Kylie Padilla recorded a double and a triple, but it wasn’t enough, as the Oregon State softball team fell to Colorado State 3-2 in an extra-inning affair Saturday evening in Tempe, Ariz.

The pitchers were in control for the first three innings, as the teams were held to one hit apiece. The Beavers (2-3) finally broke through in the fourth, as a pair of underclassmen drew first blood. Sophomore Christie Langlois recorded a one-out infield hit, before freshman Kylie Padilla roped a triple down the right-field line to bring her home. With her hit in the inning, Langlois has now tallied a hit in six-straight games, dating back to last season.

Najdek held the Rams(3-0) to one hit through 5.1 innings, but Colorado State was able to level the score at one when Haley Hutton launched a homerun over the fence in left-center.

Langlois looked as though she might give the Beavers the lead in the bottom of the sixth, but her deep fly ball was caught on the warning track and the game remained tied heading into the seventh inning. The Beavers proceeded to put a runner on base in the final frame, as sophomore Kori Nishitomi reached on an infield single, but they were unable to bring her home, and the game headed to extra innings.

Colorado State opened the bonus frame by plating two, to take a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth. The Beavers pulled one back, as senior Isabelle Batayola scored on a sacrifice fly from junior Dani Gilmore, after beginning the inning on second base. Oregon State would not score again, however, as it took the one-run defeat.

Najdek finished the contest with two earned runs and five hits allowed in the losing effort.

The Beavers will return to action tomorrow, as they take on Appalachian State at 9 a.m. PT at the Tempe Sports Complex in their final game of the Kajikawa Classic.

Game Notes:

-          Christie Langlois extended her hitting streak to six games, dating back to the final game of the 2013 season. She is 9-for-16 with a double and two triples on the season.

-          Ya Garcia recorded eight assists, one short of the Oregon State record. CJ Chirichigno also tallied eight assists against San Diego State on Thursday.

-          Amanda Najdek recorded career-highs with seven strikeouts and 121 pitches thrown.

-          Kylie Padilla tallied two more extra-base hits. She is now 9-for-17 with three doubles, two triples and a home run on the season.