Softball Heads To Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament

Feb. 7, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

SOFTBALL TAKES 3-1 RECORD ON THE ROAD, No. 16 BEAVERS HEAD SOUTH TO TEXAS A&MCORPUS CHRISTI TOURNAMENT

Friday February 9, 2001
OSU vs. No. 23 Mississippi State - 10 a.m. PST, Corpus Christi, TX
OSU vs. Texas A&M C.C. - 2 p.m. PST, Corpus Christi, TX
(Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament)

Saturday February 10, 2001
OSU vs. No. 23 Mississippi State - 10 a.m. PST, Corpus Christi, TX
OSU vs. SW Texas State - Noon PST, Corpus Christi, TX
OSU vs. Tennessee - 4 p.m. PST, Corpus Christi, TX
(Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament)

Sunday February 11, 2001
OSU vs. Tennessee - 8 a.m. PST, Corpus Christi, TX
(Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament)

SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI STATE: No. 23 ranked Mississippi State will face Oregon State in Friday's opening game of the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament. Mississippi State brings a 2-0 record into the weekend after taking a pair from Belmont. MSU's potent offensive shutout Belmont 9-0 in the first game and 6-1 in the nightcap.

SCOUTING TEXAS A&M CC: Host school, Texas A&M Corpus Christi squares off against Oregon State Friday afternoon. The Islanders bring an 0-8 record into the weekend and have been held without a run in four games this season.

SCOUTING SW TEXAS STATE: Southwest Texas State enters the tournament with a 5-1 record with its only loss coming at the hands of No. 20 University of Oregon (3-2). The Bobcats have faced host school, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, twice this season winning both meetings (13-11, 8-0).

SCOUTING TENNESSEE: University of Tennessee brings an 0-3 record into the tournament and has failed to score a run this season. The Lady Vols have managed just five hits in their first three games and have committed five errors. Tennessee opened the season with an 8-0 loss to No. 3 Arizona.

THE SERIES: This weekend's tournament marks the first ever meeting between Oregon State and all four teams.

WHAT HAPPENED OPENING WEEKEND: Oregon State finished the opening weekend of play with a 3-1 record. Last Saturday the Beavers topped Brigham Young University in the season opener 3-2, utilizing seven hits and flawless defense. OSU dropped its second game of the day, 1-0, to Southern Utah University. The game's lone run was scored in the first inning after a throwing error. The Beavers picked up just four hits in the contest compared to SUU's seven. In the day's third game, Oregon State rattled the bats for 13 hits en route to a 7-4 victory against BYU. Second baseman Cara Maxey went 3-for-4 on the night with three RBI and one run scored. Senior Brooke Rutschman posted a 2-for-3 effort and scored a pair of runs while first baseman Steph Adams went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. In Sunday's game against Saint Mary's College, the Beavers finished the Southern Utah Tournament with a 6-3 victory. OSU blasted 10 hits including a 2-for-3 performance by Adams with a homerun.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Last Saturday's 6-3 victory against Saint Mary's College improved OSU head coach Kirk Walker's career record against the Gaels to a perfect 8-0.

NATIONALLY RANKED: Oregon State enters the 2001 season with a No. 16 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA pre-season poll. Pac-10 Conference foe, UCLA is currently ranked No. 1. The Beavers garnered a No. 12 final ranking after last season's 40-21-1 record.

FACING THE BEST: Oregon State finished the 2000 campaign with a 12-17 record against nationally ranked opponents. The Beavers face their first ranked opponent of 2001 when No. 16 OSU squares off against No. 23 Mississippi State on Friday.

FAST FACT: The Beavers' first test against a ranked opponent last season was No. 23 Central Michigan. Oregon State came out on top, 6-1, helped in part by Crystal Draper's 2-hitter. OSU faces another No. 23 ranked team this Friday, Mississippi State.

HITTING THE LONG BALL: A pair of Oregon State players hit the ball out of the park in the season opening Southern Utah Tournament. Sophomore Cara Maxey blasted the second homerun of her career against Brigham Young last Saturday. Maxey went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the Beavers' 7-4 victory against the Cougars. Fellow sophomore Steph Adams also blasted a homer last weekend in Oregon State's 6-3 victory against Saint Mary's College. Adams' long ball was the eighth of her career and moved the former North Medford High grad into sole possession of fourth place in the OSU record book for career homeruns. Adams needs just three more long balls to move into third place in the record book and surpass Kim Herman (10).

MORE ON ADAMS AND MAXEY: Sophomore Steph Adams is hitting .538 for Oregon State after the first four games this season. The utility player has seven hits in 13 at bats and has scored a team leading five runs. Teammate Cara Maxey is also batting well for the Beavers. Maxey is hitting .500 (4-for-8) , leads the squad in RBI with five, has a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .556 on base percentage in three games.

ON THE BASE PATH: Senior Brooke Rutschman recorded her first stolen base of the season last Saturday against Brigham Young University. With the swipe, Rutschman moves into sole possession of fifth place in the OSU record books for stolen bases in a career. The centerfielder's 20 stolen bases are just two shy of moving into lone possession of third place in the record books.

MAKING IT COUNT: Junior Kristin Bishop is leading Oregon State in batting average after connecting for a single on her pinch-hit at bat against Saint Mary's College last Sunday. After serving as the Beavers manager during the 1999 season, Bishop joined the squad as a walk-on last season but did not see playing time in the spring. Last Sunday's hit came in her first at-bat in regular season action.

TOUGH D: The 2000 Beavers set a school record with a .973 fielding percentage, committing just 47 errors in 1,270 attempts. Oregon State has committed two errors in the first four games this season and currently has a .984 fielding percentage, while its opponents have committed five errors for a .960 fielding percentage.

GOOD START: Junior pitcher Crystal Draper recorded all three Oregon State wins over the last weekend. With the three victories, Draper moves into sole possession of fifth place in the OSU record books for all-time wins. Draper has a ways to go before surpassing Trina Marvin's 48 career victories which ranks fourth on the Beavers' all-time list.

CURRENT STREAKS: Steph Adams has recorded at least one hit in the first four games of the season. The longest hitting streak of her career was seven games, last season as a freshman.

INJURY REPORT: Sophomore second baseman Brynnen Guthrie remains sidelined after undergoing reconstructive shoulder surgery in October. The honorable mention Pacific 10 Conference all-star is expected to return to the line-up later this season.

IN THE DUGOUT: Third-year assistant coach Jenni Condon returns to Oregon State after a one-year stint at UNLV last season. Condon helped lead the Beavers to their first NCAA Regional Tournament appearance in 1999. Heather Chinn-Smith is back for her second season on the sidelines as an assistant after finishing her playing career with Oregon State in 1999.

THE WORD ON WALKER: Head coach Kirk Walker is in his seventh season at the helm for the Beavers. Walker, a graduate of UCLA, has turned around Oregon State's softball program to make it a contender on a national scale. Walker has an overall coaching record of 174-187-2 and a 42-114 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. Prior to his arrival at Oregon State, Walker spent 11 seasons at national powerhouse UCLA as a manager and assistant coach. During his time in Westwood, the Bruins won six NCAA titles and made 10 appearances in the College World Series.

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