Softball Moves Up To No. 14 In Latest Poll

Feb. 28, 2001



Friday March 2, 2001
No. 14 OSU at Cal State Northridge - 1 p.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA
No. 14 OSU at Cal State Northridge - 3 p.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA
(CSUN/UCLA Tourney)

Saturday March 3, 2001
No. 14 OSU vs Colorado State - 9 a.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA
No. 14 OSU at Colorado State - 11 a.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA
(CSUN/UCLA Tourney)

Sunday March 4, 2001
No. 14 OSU vs South Florida - 9 a.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA
No. 14 OSU at South Florida - 11 a.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA
(CSUN/UCLA Tourney)

SCOUTING CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE: Cal State Northridge enters Friday's double-header against Oregon State with a 7-4 record. The Matadors have won three straight including a 2-1 victory against No. 6 Stanford. As a team, CSUN is hitting just .177 while its opponents have a .227 batting average. Sophomore Monica Rodriguez leads the squad with a .400 batting average on just two hits in five at bats.

MATADORS AND BEAVERS LAST SEASON: CS Northridge topped Oregon State 7-2 in last year's season opener. The Matadors rallied to score all seven runs in the 4th inning and OSU left 10 runners on base through out the game. The Beavers tallied 10 hits in the contest compared to CSUN's six. In the second game of the double-header, each team scored four runs and the game was called on darkness in the seventh inning so it went into the book as a tie. Oregon State has just a 2-17-1 all-time record against CS Northridge but the Beavers are 2-1-1 against the Matadors under the direction of head coach Kirk Walker.

SCOUTING COLORADO STATE: Colorado State enters the CSUN/UCLA Tournament with a 2-6 overall record. CSU is coming off a 9-inning 3-2 victory against UC Riverside last Friday. As a team Colorado State is batting .215 while its opponents are hitting .356. The Rams have given up 59 runs in just eight games this season and their pitchers average an 8.12 ERA. Freshman Erin Murray's 4.50 ERA leads the team. Senior shortstop Holly Schmillen's .391 batting average leads the squad while junior Amanda Kocis is batting .350. The Rams have a slugging percentage of .277. Oregon State has an 0-1 all-time series record against Colorado State with Kirk Walker at the helm.

SCOUTING SOUTH FLORIDA: South Florida enters the CSUN/UCLA Tournament with an 11-9 record. The Bulls have won five straight and are out-scoring their opponents 45-44 on the season. As a team South Florida is batting .231 while its opponents hit .242. Junior third baseman Ginny Georgantas leads the squad in batting with a .365 average. Senior Pitcher Jessica Kowal has a .55 ERA and 8-3 record on the season. The meeting between Oregon State and South Florida on Sunday is the first ever for both squads.

WHAT HAPPENED IN COLUMBUS: Oregon State finished the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a 3-1-1 record as the tournament's final day of action was rained out. Offensively the Beavers were unable to get into the flow against some of the top teams in the country. Sophomore Shelly Prochaska and junior Traci Feldt each paced OSU with a .286 batting average. Pitcher Monica Hoffman and Crystal Draper each played well over the weekend. Draper allowed just two runs in three games, earning a .30 ERA while Hoffman recorded a 1.00 ERA, giving up three runs in two games.

NATIONALLY RANKED: Oregon State moved up two spots to No. 14 in the USA Today/NFCA poll for the week of Feb. 25. Pac-10 Conference foe, UCLA is currently ranked No. 1 while Arizona ranks No. 2. 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 No. 14 ranked Beavers are 4-2-1 against ranked teams so far this season.

GOOD WEEKEND: Sophomore third baseman Shannon Sorg finished the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a team-high .750 batting average. Sorg finished with three hits in four at bats and currently holds the longest hitting streak (3) on OSU's squad.

GETTING THE 'K': Oregon State's pitchers have combined for 119 strikeouts over the first 20 games of the season, an average of nearly six K's per game. The even more impressive number is that OSU's hurlers have walked just 29 batters all season.

SUPER EIGHT: Over the first 20 games of the season, Oregon State has a 3-0-1 record in games that have gone eight innings.

HITTING MACHINE: Sophomore Steph Adams continues to lead the team in batting after the first 20 games of the season. Adams is hitting .344 with a team-high 21 hits in 61 at bats. The former North Medford High grad also leads the squad in slugging percentage, .557. Adams finished the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a team-high four hits in 15 appearances at the plate and knocked in a team-high three runs after homering against San Diego State last Saturday. Adams' blast against the Aztecs brings her career longball total to 10, tying her for third place in the OSU record book with Kim Herman (1996-99). The sophomore first baseman/outfielder inches ever closer to Jenni Jodoin's career total of 14 homeruns.

MAXEY GOES LONG: Sophomore Cara Maxey blasted a 2-run homer in Oregon State's victory against San Diego State last Friday. The long ball was the second for Maxey this season and third in her career.

CHARITON CONTINUES SUCCESS: Junior Michelle Chariton continues to shine for the Beavers. Chariton has stepped up her game tremendously in the opening 20 contests this season. Chariton, a career .250 hitter, is third on the team with a .315 batting average and has 17 hits in 54 at bats this season. The 5-7 outfielder had 14 hits in 52 games as a sophomore and just four RBI. Chariton has a team-high five stolen bases and has 17 swipes in her career.

ON THE BASEPATH: Senior Brooke Rutschman is currently in third place in the OSU record books for stolen bases in her career. The centerfielder's 22 stolen bases are just nine steals away from passing Denise Smail (1976-79) and moving into second place.

HOFFMAN LOOKS GOOD: Freshman pitcher Monica Hoffman finished a spectacular weekend at the NFCA Classic with a 1-1 record, picking up a 5-2 win against San Diego State and allowing just four hits in OSU's 1-0 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma. Hoffman finished the Classic with a 1.00 ERA and upped her overall record to 3-3 on the season.

FAST FACT: Oregon State's 3-1 victory against No. 8 ranked Fresno State was just the second win for the Beavers against the Bulldogs with head coach Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU improves to 2-6 against FSU under Walker and now trails in the overall series, 5-15. The Beavers and Bulldogs will square off again on March 10, when OSU travels to the Fresno State Tournament.

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 18 errors in the first 20 games this season and currently has a .970 fielding percentage, while its opponents have committed 34 errors for a .946 fielding percentage.

STILL SLUGGING: Despite struggling on the offensive end at the NFCA Classic, Oregon State continues to slug in more runs than its opponents. The Beavers have tallied 78 RBI on the season while their opponents have knocked in only 32 runs.

CONTINUES TO MULTIPLY: Sophomore Steph Adams leads Oregon State's squad with eight multiple hit games this season. The North Medford High grad finished the 2000 campaign with five multiple hit outings. Fellow sophomore Shelly Prochaska ranks second on the Beavers' squad with five multiple hit games.

TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM: Oregon State batters have been hit by 11 pitches so far this season. The Beavers had 14 batters hit by pitches in 2000. Junior Michelle Notaro has been plunked four times in 18 games this season and 33 appearances at the plate.

TRIPLE-TIME: Oregon State has already doubled the number of triples it hit last season. The Beavers have blasted four three-baggers in the first 20 games while hitting just two triples during the 2000 season.

DRAPER WINS AGAIN AND AGAIN: Junior pitcher Crystal Draper improved her record to 10-1 this season after picking up a pair of wins at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Draper finished the Classic with a perfect 2-0 mark, picking up wins against No. 19 South Carolina and No. No. 8 ranked Fresno State. Draper completed the Classic with an amazing .30 ERA. Draper's career total of 42 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.

STREAK STOPPED: Junior Michelle Chariton had her team-high hitting streak stopped at eight games after going 0-for-4 at the plate against South Carolina last Friday.

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 186-192-3 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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