Softball Hits Road For Another Tournament

Feb. 14, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

SOFTBALL CONTINUES TO DOMINATE COMPETITION, No. 16 BEAVERS TRAVEL TO VEGAS FOR UNLV TOURNAMENT

Friday February 16, 2001
OSU vs. Loyola Marymount - 10 a.m. PST, Las Vegas, NV
OSU vs. Central Michigan - 5:30 p.m. PST, Las Vegas, NV
(UNLV Tournament)

Saturday February 17, 2001
OSU vs. Fordham - 3 p.m. PST, Las Vegas, NV
OSU vs. Florida International - 5:30 p.m. PST, Las Vegas, NV
(UNLV Tournament)

Sunday February 18, 2001
OSU vs. Utah - 12:30 p.m. PST, Las Vegas, NV
(UNLV Tournament)

SCOUTING LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Loyola Marymount University enters Friday's opening game of the UNLV Tournament against Oregon State with a 7-1 record. The Lions are batting .339 on the season while their opponents hit just .195. Pitcher Sami Strinz leads the team with a .364 batting average and .727 slugging percentage. Fellow pitcher, Coriann Rogalsky, is a perfect 4-0 with three shutouts and 16 strikeouts. Oregon State leads the all-time series with LMU, 9-3 and the Beavers are 8-2 against the Lions with head coach Kirk Walker at the helm.

LIONS AND BEAVERS LAST SEASON: Oregon State won the only meeting between the two squads last season in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational. The Beavers utilized 10 hits including three in the seventh inning that led to a pair of runs and a 4-3 victory.

SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Central Michigan University will open its season against host school, UNLV, before facing Oregon State in Friday's second game. The Chippewas are unofficially ranked No. 35 in the nation after garnering 20 votes in the preseason USA Today/NFCA poll. Oregon State has a perfect 1-0 series record against Central Michigan.

CHIPPEWAS AND BEAVERS LAST SEASON: Oregon State and Central Michigan squared off last season at the UNLV Tournament. Crystal Draper pitched a two-hitter and the Beavers rattled the bats for nine hits to knock off the No. 23 ranked Chippewas, 6-1.

SCOUTING FORDHAM: Fordham University will open its season this weekend at the UNLV Tournament. Saturday's meeting with Oregon State will be the first ever between the two schools.

SCOUTING FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL: FIU brings a 10-1 record into the UNLV Tournament and will face Oregon State on Saturday. The Golden Panthers suffered their only loss to No. 17 Florida State (3-2) on Monday but knocked off the Seminoles earlier in the season. Jennifer Owens leads the squad with a .448 batting average and .724 slugging percentage. Owens, a freshman shortstop, has belted a pair of triples and a homerun over nine games this season and has 11 RBI. As a team Florida International is hitting .302 while its opponents bat .273. Saturday's meeting between the Golden Panthers and Beavers will be the first ever for both squads.

SCOUTING UTAH: No. 25 ranked University of Utah enters the UNLV Tournament with a 1-4 record and will face Oregon State on Sunday. The Utes are coming off a 4-0 loss on Sunday at the hands of No. 4 Arizona. Freshman shortstop Melissa Stahnke leads the squad with a .375 batting average and a .688 slugging percentage, but also has a team-high five errors in four games. As a team the Utes are batting just .188 while their opponents hit .235. Utah has a .936 fielding percentage. The Utes lead the overall series with Oregon State, 6-4, but the Beavers are 3-2 against Utah with Kirk Walker at the helm.

UTES AND BEAVERS LAST SEASON: Oregon State lost a 6-0 lead as Utah rallied for an eight inning, 7-6 victory over the Beavers in the first game of the UNLV Tournament. Third baseman Shannon Sorg had a pair of hits in the game and scored two runs for OSU but the Utes overcame six errors to rally for the win.

WHAT HAPPENED IN TEXAS: Oregon State finished the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament with a 5-1 record with its only loss coming against Southwest Texas State. OSU allowed just five runs in the six games, shutting out every opponent but SW Texas State. Senior Brooke Rutschman led the team over the weekend with a .333 batting average, getting five hits and scoring a pair of runs. Junior Michelle Chariton also performed well for the Beavers, batting 5-for-16 (.313) with 2 runs scored. Freshman pitcher Monica Hoffman picked up her first win of the season, throwing a 3-hit shutout against Mississippi State on Saturday. Fellow freshman Kaitlin Wilson also recorded the first win of her career with 2-0 shutout against Texas A&M Corpus Christi last Friday.

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 topped No. 23 Mississippi State two times last week to start their 2001 record against ranked foes at 2-0. OSU will face their second ranked opponent of the new season when the No. 16 Beavers battle No. 25 Utah on Sunday.

GETTING THE 'K': Oregon State's pitchers have combined for 71 strikeouts over the first 10 games of the season, an average of just over seven K's per game. The most impressive number however, may be that OSU's hurlers have walked just 13 batters all season.

ADAMS KEEPS ROLLING: Sophomore Steph Adams continues to lead the team in batting after the first 10 games of the season. Adams is batting .357 with 10 hits in 28 at bats and is the first OSU player to record double figures in hits this season. The former North Medford High grad also leads the squad in slugging percentage, .500. Adams currently ranks fourth in the OSU record books with eight homeruns and needs just three more long balls to move into third place in the record book and surpass Kim Herman (1996-99).

CHARITON STEPS UP: Junior Michelle Chariton has stepped up her game tremendously in the opening 10 contests this season. Chariton, a career .250 hitter, is second on the team with a .333 batting average and has nine hits in 27 at bats this season. The 5-7 outfielder had 14 hits in 52 games as a sophomore and just four RBI. Chariton has already knocked in three runs this season.

ON THE BASE PATH: Senior Brooke Rutschman recorded two stolen bases in last week's Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament. With the two swipes, Rutschman has moved into sole possession of third place in the OSU record books for stolen bases in a career. The centerfielder's 22 stolen bases are just nine steals away from passing Denise Smail (1976-79) and moving into second place.

ON THE MOUND: Freshman pitchers, Monica Hoffman and Kaitlin Wilson each had big games last week. Hoffman appeared in three games, recording a shutout victory against Mississippi State on Saturday. Hoffman finished with 19 strikeouts in 14 innings at the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament and has 27 K's on the season. Fellow freshman Kaitlin Wilson picked up her first career victory with a 2-0 shutout against the host Islanders. Wilson has 10 strikeouts in nine innings on the season and maintains a 1.56 ERA.

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 eight errors in the first 10 games this season and currently has a .973 fielding percentage, while its opponents have committed 19 errors for a .942 fielding percentage.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has 28 RBI on the season while its opponents have just 12 runs batted in.

ANOTHER FAST FACT: Sophomore Cara Maxey is 3-for-4 (.750) with runners in scoring position.

DRAPER CONTINUES SUCCESS: Junior pitcher Crystal Draper improved her record to 6-1 this season with after finishing last weekend's Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament with a 3-1 mark. With the three victories, Draper's career total of 38 wins ranks fifth in the OSU record books. Draper is slowly moving closer to Trina Marvin's 48 career victories which ranks fourth on the Beavers' all-time list.

CURRENT STREAKS: Clare Burnum has reached base safely in four consecutive games. It is the longest current hitting streak for any Oregon State player.

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 179-188-2 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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