No. 18 Softball Leads Off Season At Southern Utah Tournament

Jan. 29, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

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Feb. 2: No 18 OSU vs. BYU - 9 a.m., St. George, UtahFeb. 2: OSU vs. San Diego - 3 p.m., St. George, UtahFeb. 3: OSU at Southern Utah - 9 a.m., St. George, UtahFeb. 3: OSU vs. Saint Mary's - 11 a.m., St. George, Utah-all times Pacific-

LAST YEAR AT THE INAUGURAL SOUTHERN UTAH TOURNAMENT: Oregon State posted a 3-1 mark at the tournament to open its season last year, defeating BYU twice (3-2, 7-4) and Saint Mary's (6-3). OSU dropped a decision to host Southern Utah by a count of 1-0.

LEADERS AT SUU TOURNAMENT: OSU had several players among the statistical leaders at last year's tournament, including Crystal Draper's tournament-best 1.60 ERA. Steph Adams was sixth in batting average with a .583 mark over 13 at bats. Cara Maxey (.500) and Michelle Chariton (.364) were among the leaders as well.

BEAVERS OWN SUU TOURNAMENT RECORDS: Several Beavers set tournament records in its first year: Steph Adams, seven hits, Cara Maxey, five RBI, three in a game, Steph Adams five runs, 10 total bases, Crystal Draper, 1.60 ERA and three wins.

BEAVERS AGAINST THE FIELD: OSU has dominated its individual series with the competition at the Southern Utah Tournament, owning a combined 21-8 record against BYU, Saint Mary's, and Southern Utah. Under head coach Kirk Walker, the Beavers are a whopping 15-2 against the teams. OSU's records against the schools follow, with Walker's record in parentheses: BYU 2-0 (2-0), Saint Mary's 11-3 (9-0), San Diego 3-1 (1-1), Southern Utah 5-4 (3-1).

OSU IN THE RANKINGS: The Beavers begin the 2002 season ranked 18th in the USA Today/NFCA poll. OSU finished last season ranked 20th in the final poll. None of OSU's opponents in the Southern Utah Tournament are ranked in the preseason poll.

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