No. 14 Softball Finishes Regular Season At Home This Weekend

May 9, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

No. 14 SOFTBALL FINISHES REGULAR SEASON AT HOME WITH TILTS AGAINST STANFORD AND CAL, FORMER STAR TARRAH BEYSTER'S JERSEY TO BE RETIRED ON SENIOR DAY

Friday May 11, 2001
No. 4 Stanford at No. 14 OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Saturday May 12, 2001
No. 6 California at No. 14 OSU - 12 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Double-Header)(Beyster's jersey retired between games)

Sunday May 13, 2001
NCAA Selection Show - 5:30 p.m. PST
(Fox Sports Net Northwest)

A GLANCE AT THE CARDINAL: Stanford enters Friday's game with the Beavers trying to break a three-game slide. The Cardinal was swept last week by the Arizona schools and has lost six straight Pac-10 games. A pair of players are hitting plus .400. Sarah Beeson's .409 clip and 62 RBI leads the squad while Jessica Mendoza is batting .407 with 13 home runs. As a team Stanford is batting .263 compared to its opponents .169 average. The four Cardinal pitchers are combining for a 1.24 ERA with Dana Sorensen's 0.41 ERA and 21-2 record leading the team. Sorensen has struck out 243 batters on the season while walking just 32. Oregon State leads the all-time series with Stanford, 18-17 yet the Cardinal is 16-6 against the Beavers over the last seven seasons.

STANFORD THE FIRST TIME AROUND: Oregon State dropped a pair of games against No. 4 ranked Stanford, 9-4 and 4-0 on the second weekend in April. The Beavers amassed eight hits in the series opener but the Cardinal put four runs on the board with two outs in the first inning and added another run in the second to put the game out of reach. Cara Maxey finished the day a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate while Michelle Notaro went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. In the second game of the series, the Beavers amassed just three hits and were unable to take advantage of runners that got on base. Stanford scored three runs in the first inning but OSU's Crystal Draper kept the Cardinal hitters at bay for the rest of the game.

SERIES NOTE: Stanford has won six straight meetings with the Beavers dating back to a 3-0 OSU victory in Palo Alto on April 10, 1999. Despite a pair of losses earlier this season to the Cardinal, Stanford is the only Pac-10 Conference team that Oregon State has a winning all-time record against (18-17).

A GLANCE AT THE GOLDEN BEARS: California enters the week with a 48-13 record and 5-12 mark in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears are looking to break a three-game losing streak. Four Cal players are batting over .300 with Veronica Nelson's .379 average, 18 home runs and 48 RBI leading the squad. Pitching tandem of Jocelyn Forest (0.67 ERA) and Nicole DiSalvio (0.98 ERA) each give up less than one earned run per game. Forest boasts a 25-6 record while striking out 317 batters and walking just 35. Saturday's meeting between the Bears and Beavers will be the first of the season after the scheduled April 6 game was cancelled due to rain. California leads the all-time series with Oregon State 51-19 and the Beavers are 6-17 against the Bears with Kirk Walker at the helm.

SERIES NOTE: Oregon State won 2-of-3 games against California last season. OSU's Brynnen Guthrie belted two hits in all three contests.

LOOKING BACK AT PORTLAND STATE: Oregon State took two of three games against Portland State last week including an 8-0, six inning, no-hitter by Crystal Draper. The Beavers pounded 15 hits with six different batters recording at least two hits in the contest. In last Thursday's series finale, OSU scored one run in each of the last four innings to rally for a 4-2 victory. Sophomore Shelly Prochaska belted a solo home run and finished the day a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate while Brynnen Guthrie went 3-for-3. Draper earned her 26th victory of the season and freshman hurler Monica Hoffman picked up her third career save.

LOOKING BACK AT WASHINGTON: Oregon State's comeback bid fell short as the Beavers lost 2-1 at No. 12 Washington last Friday. UW secured the victory after throwing junior Michelle Notaro out at the plate on the tail end of a double play. Senior Brooke Rutschman went 2-for-3 on the day to the lead the Beavers and OSU pitchers Monica Hoffman and Crystal Draper combined to allow just six Husky hits in the game.

LOOKING BACK AT UCLA: The No. 2 ranked UCLA Bruins swept the weekend series with Oregon State, 4-0 and 4-1. The Bruins got on the board early in Saturday's game with two runs in the opening inning and OSU couldn't get much going offensively. UCLA got on the board early again in Sunday's game with three runs in the first and held the Beavers to just five hits in the contest.

NATIONALLY RANKED: Oregon State remains ranked No. 14 in the final regular season USA Today/NFCA poll released on May 9. Three Pac-10 Conference teams enter the last week of the season ranked in the top-5 with Arizona at No. 1, UCLA No. 2 and Friday's opponent Stanford at No. 4. Saturday's opponent, California, drops to No. 6 while Arizona State remains at No. 9 and Washington sits at No. 12. 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 9-15-1 against Top-25 teams so far this season.

SELECTION SUNDAY: The 2001 Division I Women's Softball Selection Show field of 48 teams will be announced on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. PST. The show will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net Northwest.

ALWAYS REMEMBER #00: The greatest player in Oregon State softball history, Tarrah Beyster (1997-2000), will be honored between games of Saturday's double-header against California when the four-time All-American's #00 jersey is retired. Beyster, a current student assistant coach holds 24 Oregon State school records and will be the first softball player and only the second OSU female athlete to have her number retired.

SENIOR DAY: Saturday marks the final home game in the careers of Oregon State seniors Brooke Rutschman and Shawna Feldt. Rutschman, the starting center fielder, ranks in the top-10 in five OSU single season batting categories and four career categories. Feldt, has started 195 consecutive games at shortstop for the Beavers and ranks in the top-10 in 17 single-season batting categories and nine career categories, including being OSU's all-time leader in runs scored (99).

ANOTHER NO-NO: Junior pitcher Crystal Draper recorded her second no-hitter of the season and third in her career with an 8-0 victory against Portland State last Wednesday. Draper faced just 19 batters in the six-inning game, striking out four and walking only one. The Hood River High grad is the only Beaver to pitch three no-hitters in her career.

SHE'S NUMBER ONE: Senior Shawna Feldt moved into first place in the Oregon State record books with 99 runs scored in her career. Feldt's run against Portland State in the second game of last Wednesday's double-header moved her past Denise Smail (1976-79) to rank as OSU's all-time leader - all of this accomplished in just three seasons as a Beaver.

JUST WINNING: Oregon State has equaled last year's win total with 40 victories. The Beavers need just eight more W's to break the single season record for victories set in 1999 (47-25).

FAST FACT: Four different Oregon State batters have driven in at least 10 RBI with two outs: Clare Burnum (12), Shelly Prochaska (11), Steph Adams (10) and Shawna Feldt (10).

ANOTHER FAST FACT: Oregon State pinch hitters are batting .310 (13-for-42) which ranks second in the Pac-10.

WHERE'S TUPAC: Sophomore Clare Burnum broke a 1-for-24 hitting slump with a single to right field against UCLA on Saturday. Burnum was leading the Beavers in batting with a .301 average prior to struggling from the plate over the past nine games. The disappearance of her bat can been likened to the disappearance of rapper Tupac Shakur - it's out there somewhere, you just don't know when it will return.

PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES: Oregon State players had nightmares when arriving to the Burbank Airport for last weekends games against UCLA after remembering a six-hour delay spent in the airport waiting for a flight back to Portland earlier this season. While in Los Angeles, the Beavers faced enough excitement with two 15-passenger vans in which both bumpers were falling off, the passenger seat was broken and rear taillights didn't work. To make things more interesting, the flight back to Portland from Burbank was delayed 45-minutes, thankfully not six hours.

PAC-10 NUMBERS: Junior pitcher Crystal Draper leads the Pac-10 Conference in games started (34), ranks second in innings pitched (236.1), third in wins (26), fourth in batters struck out looking (45) and fifth in batters struck out (179). Freshman hurler Monica Hoffman's three saves rank second in the conference while on the offensive end, senior Shawna Feldt ranks sixth in doubles (12) and sophomore Clare Burnum is tied for seventh (11). Both Feldt and Burnum have three triples on the year which ranks third in the Pac-10.

GETTING THE 'K': Oregon State's pitchers have combined for 348 strikeouts over 63 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 103 batters all season for a 3.4 strikeout-walk ratio.

HITTIN' IT OUT: Sophomore Steph Adams leads the squad in home runs this season with six round-trippers. Adams has 13 home runs in her career and needs just one more long ball to tie Jenni Jodoin (1998-00) for second place in the OSU record books. Five other Beaver players have gone yard this season and Oregon State has an 18-16 advantage in homers over its opponents.

MAKING AN IMPACT: Junior Michelle Chariton, a career .250 hitter, has been the Beavers' most consistent batter of the season. Chariton leads the squad with a .308 average and is batting a team-high .313 (21-for-67) with runners on base and .424 (14-for-33) as the leadoff hitter. The Boise, ID, native brings a current six-game hitting streak into Friday's contest with Stanford.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Senior shortstop Shawna Feldt leads the Beavers with a .647 (11-for-17) batting average with runners on base and less than two outs.

DRAPER DATA: Pitcher Crystal Draper (26-10) has moved past Joan Harvey (1982-85) into sole possession of second place in the OSU record books with a total of 57 career wins. The junior hurler has struck out 179 batters on the season while allowing only 39 walks for a 4.6 strikeout-walk ratio. The opposition is hitting just .188 against the right-hander in 847 at bats. The Hood River Valley High grad also leads the squad with a 1.27 ERA and her 26 victories rank 15th nationally.

ON THE BASEPATHS: Senior Brooke Rutschman continues to add to her total of stolen bases in the OSU career record books. Rutschman's 28 steals rank third on the Beavers' all-time list. The centerfielder has nine swipes in 11 attempts this season. Rutschman needs just three more steals to move past Denise Smail (1976-79) and into sole possession of second place the record books.

MORE BASEPATHS: Junior Michelle Chariton leads the Beavers with a perfect 12-for-12 on stolen bases this season. Chariton has jumped into sole possession of fourth place in the OSU record books with 24 career steals. Teammate Shawna Feldt ranks in a fifth place with 23 career stolen bases.

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 57 errors in 63 games this season and currently has a .970 fielding percentage, while its opponents have committed 90 errors for a .955 fielding percentage.

IN THE DUGOUT: Third-year assistant coach Jenny 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 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 211-210-3 and a 49-124 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. Walker has been selected as one of just 12 coaches named to the USA Softball National Team Coaches Pool with a chance to coach in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. 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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