Softball Hits The Road For Nine Games In Six Days

March 20, 2001



Friday March 23, 2001
No. 14 OSU vs Texas-San Antonio - 1 p.m. PST, Las Cruces, NM
No. 14 OSU at New Mexico State - 5 p.m. PST, Las Cruces, NM
(New Mexico State Tournament)

Saturday March 24, 2001
No. 14 OSU vs Tulsa - 8 a.m. PST, Las Cruces, NM
No. 14 OSU at New Mexico State - 3 p.m. PST, Las Cruces, NM
(New Mexico State Tournament)

Sunday March 25, 2001
No. 14 OSU vs Tulsa - 8 a.m. PST, Las Cruces, NM
No. 14 OSU vs Texas-San Antonio - 12 p.m. PST, LasCruces, NM
(New Mexico State Tournament)

Tuesday March 27, 2001
No. 14 OSU at Sacramento State - TBA, Sacramento, CA
(Double Header)

Wednesday March 28, 2001
No. 14 OSU at Pacific - 2 p.m. PST, Stockton, CA

TOURNAMENT TALK: Oregon State will face three opponents in this weekends New Mexico State Tournament. The Beavers will play a pair of games against host New Mexico State, Tulsa and Texas-San Antonio.

REMATCH WITH NEW MEXICO STATE: Oregon State will face New Mexico State for the second time this season when the Aggies and Beavers meet on Friday evening. OSU won the first meeting between the two squads, 2-0, at the Hedrick's Hallowell Chevrolet Classic in Fresno, CA. Junior Crystal Draper pitched a perfect game in the contest and the Beavers scored both of their runs in the seventh inning to secure the victory and increase their lead in the all-time series against NMS to 8-2 including a 4-1 mark with Kirk Walker at the helm.

BEAVERS AND TULSA LAST SEASON: Oregon State will face Tulsa on Saturday in the New Mexico State Tournament. The Beavers have a perfect 2-0 all-time series record against the Golden Hurricanes and dominated the last meeting (3/4/00), 12-0. OSU rattled off 12 hits compared to Tulsa's one in the 5-inning game.

FIRST TIME: Texas-San Antonio (17-15) and Oregon State will meet for the first time ever when the teams square off on Friday and Sunday in the New Mexico State Tournament. OSU will also face Sacramento State (9-14) for the first time in program history when the Beavers and Hornets meet in next Tuesday's double-header.

MORE SERIES NUMBERS: Next Wednesday's game between No. 14 Oregon State and No. 25 Pacific will conclude OSU's pre-season schedule. Pacific, the Big West Conference leader with a 24-5 record, enters the week with a 3-0 record at home. The Tigers have won 11 straight and have recorded eight shutouts in the streak. Pacific leads the all-time series with Oregon State 3-2 but the Beavers are 2-2 against the Tigers under head coach Kirk Walker.

WHAT HAPPENED IN FRESNO: Oregon State finished Hedrick's Hallowell Chevrolet Classic in third place with a 3-3 tournament record. OSU streaked past Colorado State (14-3) in its opening contest as the Beavers used 12 hits to score a season-high 14 runs. After the convincing win against the Rams, Oregon State dropped three-straight, losing to Cal Poly (3-2) in nine innings, picking up just three hits in a 2-0 loss to No. 7 Fresno State and out-hitting No. 1 UCLA 6-4 but losing (3-2) on a seventh inning Bruin homer. The Beavers finished tournament play on Mar. 11 with a pair of shutouts. Junior Crystal Draper pitched a perfect game against New Mexico State as the Beavers topped the Aggies 2-0. Draper became just the second OSU pitcher (and first since 1984) to record two career no-hitters for the Beavers. In the nightcap, OSU topped No. 11 DePaul 1-0, scoring the games lone run in the first inning on a Steph Adams RBI single. Draper earned All-Tournament honors for her efforts on the weekend.

ALL-TOURNAMENT: Pitcher Crystal Draper earned All-Tournament honors at the Hedrick's Hallowell Chevrolet Classic in Fresno. Draper, a junior, posted a 0.30 ERA in four appearances at the Classic. She held batters to a mere .128 average, giving up just 10 hits in 23.2 innings of work and striking out 17 batters while walking just three. Draper pitched a perfect game against New Mexico State (Mar. 11) for her second career no-hitter, becoming just the second OSU pitcher (and first since 1984) to record two career no-hitters for the Beavers. Draper added two more innings of no-hit ball that same day when she picked up a save against No. 11 DePaul. In her other two appearances on the week, Draper matched her season-high with eight strikeouts against Cal Poly and held top-ranked UCLA to just four hits and only one of the Bruins' three runs were earned.

HOME OPENER: Oregon State will open its home season next weekend (Mar. 30-Apr. 1) with three games played at Wallace Marine Sports Park in Salem. Due to ongoing construction of the OSU Softball Complex, the Beavers' games against Arizona on Friday and Saturday and Arizona State on Sunday will be played in West Salem. Tickets will be sold at the gate with the price of admission for adults costing $5 dollars and youths 18 and under $3 dollars.

NATIONALLY RANKED: Despite going 3-3 in its last week of action, Oregon State moved up one spot to No. 14 in the USA Today/NFCA poll for the week of March 11. Pac-10 Conference foe, UCLA is currently ranked No. 1 while Arizona ranks No. 2 and California is No. 3. 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 5-4-1 against ranked teams so far this season. OSU finished the Hedrick's Hallowell Chevrolet Classic in Fresno, CA, with a 1-2 record against nationally ranked squads. The Beavers fell to No. 7 Fresno State (2-0) and No. 1 UCLA (3-2) but recorded a 1-0 victory against No. 11 DePaul. None of the teams at the New Mexico State Tournament are ranked in the Top-25 but next Wednesday's opponent, Pacific, currently ranks No. 25.

TOUGH CONFERENCE: Three Pacific-10 Conference teams are currently undefeated, Arizona, UCLA and California have a combined record of 92-0 so far this season.

GETTING THE 'K': Oregon State's pitchers have combined for 181 strikeouts over the first 32 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 55 batters all season.

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN: Oregon State has a perfect 5-0 record when sophomore Cara Maxey bats in the seventh spot in the line-up.

CHARITON CONTINUES CONSISTENCY: Junior Michelle Chariton has shown the most consistency in batting this season for the Beavers. Chariton, a career .250 hitter, is the only Oregon State player currently hitting over .300. Chariton ranks first on the team with a .321 batting average and has 26 hits in 81 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 11 runs this season and is a perfect 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts this season. Chariton has 17 swipes in her career.

ON THE BASEPATH: Senior Brooke Rutschman recorded a pair of stolen bases in the Hedrick's Hallowell Chevrolet Classic to bring her season total to six swipes in eight attempts. Rutschman is currently in third place in the OSU record books for stolen bases in her career. The centerfielder's 25 stolen bases are just six steals away from passing Denise Smail (1976-79) and moving into second place. Fellow senior Shawna Feldt has three steals on the season and her career total of 20 ranks sixth in the OSU record book. Feldt needs just two more steals to move into sole possession of fourth place in the record book.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Freshman pitcher Monica Hoffman continues to improve each week for the Beavers, finishing the Hedrick's Hallowell Classic with a 2-1 record. Hoffman currently has a 7-5 overall record and maintains a 1.10 ERA. She has allowed just 21 runs in 89.0 innings of work. The Central Catholic grad's 71 strikeouts on the season rank 10th in the Pac-10 Conference.

FAST FACT: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 Conference with a .396 batting average in 48 at bats with the bases loaded.

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 26 errors in the first 32 games this season and currently has a .973 fielding percentage, while its opponents have committed 49 errors for a .952 fielding percentage.

EITHER/OR: Junior Michelle Chariton is leading the team with a .300 batting average in 10 at bats against left handed pitchers this season. The junior outfielder also leads the Beavers in batting average against right-handed hurlers, hitting .324.

PERFECT TIMING: Sophomore Shelly Prochaska leads Oregon State with 41 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Prochaska is hitting a whopping .415, second only to senior Brooke Rutschman's .421 batting average in 19 at bats with runners in scoring position. Prochaska leads the Beavers with 16 RBI in 101 appearances at the plate.

LEADING OFF: Senior Shawna Feldt has been the leadoff batter a team-high 42 times this season and is hitting .429 when stepping to the plate first in an inning. Sister Traci Feldt is also hitting .429 in 14 appearances as the leadoff.

RIGHT-ON: Oregon State is batting .280 against right handed pitchers this season. The Beavers have stepped to the plate 749 times against right-handed hurlers. In contrast, OSU is hitting just .17 6 in 102 at bats against lefties.

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 192-198-3 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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