No. 18 Softball Hot Heading Into CS-Northridge Tournament

Feb. 5, 2002


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THE CSUN TOURNAMENT - Northridge, Calif.Feb. 8: OSU (3-1) vs. McNeese State (2-0) - 10:30 a.m.Feb. 9: OSU vs. Ohio State (0-0) - 8:30 a.m.Feb. 9: OSU at CS-Northridge (3-2) - 12:30 p.m.Feb. 10: OSU at CS-Northridge (3-2) - 12:30 p.m.Feb. 10: OSU vs. San Diego (4-5) - 2:30 p.m.-all times Pacific-

LAST YEAR AT THE CSUN TOURNAMENT: The Beavers went 3-3, dropping two games to CSUN (0-1, 1-2), sweeping Colorado State (9-0, 8-0) and splitting with South Florida (2-3, 6-0).

SCOUTING THE COWGIRLS: Undeafeated McNeese State puts its 2-0 mark on the line this weekend after sweeping a double header from Centenary by a combined 10-2 score (7-1, 3-1). Jaime Manuel leads offense with a .571 average.

SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES: Ohio State opens its season this weekend and returns 17 letterwinners off last year's 46-18 squad. Last year's leading hitter Jennifer Link returns to her second base position after batting .364 with 19 homeruns in 2001. Utility player Wendy Allen, who hit 17 homeruns and hit at a .355 clip last season, returns as well.

SCOUTING THE MATADORS: Northridge enters the weekend with a 3-2 mark that includes two wins over Louisiana-Monroe and one over San Jose State. Pitcher Kia Fennell's 1.02 ERA leads the staff, while first baseman/left fielder Christen Bedwell leads the squad with a .529 average on 9-for-17 hitting.

SCOUTING THE TOREROS: OSU knocked off USD in the teams' first meeting on Feb. 2 by a count of 9-1. Brynnen Guthrie led the OSU charge, going 2-for-4 with a homerun and three RBI. Clare Burnum went 3-for-3, and Kristen Hunter blasted a two-run round-tripper as well. Crystal Draper earned the win on the mound while striking out eight and allowing one hit. Hilary McHugh and Kirsten Adair lead USD (4-5 overall) with .333 averages, while Anna Russell owns the low ERA at 3.13.

BEAVERS VS. THE FIELD: OSU (3-1) plays McNeese State for the first time in the schools' history, but the Beavers have a combined 9-20-1 record against Ohio State, CSUN, and San Diego. Under coach Kirk Walker however, the Beavers are 7-4-1 against the field. A look at the individual series follows, with Walker's record in parentheses: Ohio State 3-0 (3-0), CSUN 2-19-1 (2-3-1), San Diego 4-1 (4-1).

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