Iowa State upsets No. 8 Oregon, fall to Oregon State

John Barry

The ISU softball team rode the successes of Tori Torrescano on offense and defense to knock off the No. 8 Oregon Ducks on March 9, 2013. Torrescano gave up only one run on six hits and struck out four, winning her fifth game of the season. 

This was the first time the Cyclones have knocked off a team ranked in the top 10 since 2009 when they beat Missouri. This also ended a 13-game win streak for Oregon. Torrescano was the winning pitcher in Iowa State’s 2-1 win against No. 14 Oklahoma State in 2012.

Outfielder Sarah Hawryluk led the offensive attack against the Ducks going 3-4 in the game and Maddie Reese and Lexi Slater drove in the two runs for Iowa State. 

Janie Takeda drove in Oregon’s only run on a two-out RBI-single in the sixth inning of the game but that was all the Ducks would get as Torrescano got a fly out from Alexa Peterson to send the game to the bottom of the frame. The club had not knocked off a top-10 nonconference opponent since 1998 when the Cyclones beat No. 8 Arizona State.

In the afternoon game, pitcher Taylor Smith (4-3) took the loss for Iowa State giving up five runs on four hits against Oregon State, and no strikeouts. The Cyclones fell to the Beavers 9-1 in five innings. 

Natalie Hampton, who went 3-4 with a run scored, drove in two of Oregon State’s five first-inning runs on a double down the right field line. Desiree Beltran also had two RBI in the contest with RBI singles in both the first and second innings.

Marina Demore (13-2) picked up the win for Oklahoma State, throwing a complete game and allowing one run on four hits, walking two and collecting three strikeouts.