No. 15 Softball Faces San Jose State In Home-Opener On Monday

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March 22, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

NO. 15 SOFTBALL FACES BUSY WEEK AT HOME, BEAVERS PLAY FIVE GAMES IN SIX DAYS, STARTING WITH A DOUBLE-HEADER AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE ON MONDAY

Monday, March 25, 2002
San Jose State at OSU (double-header) - 1 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Wednesday, March 27, 2002
UNLV at OSU - 1 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Friday, March 29, 2002
Oregon at OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Saturday, March 30, 2002
Oregon at OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Fox Sports Northwest)

SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE: San Jose State University brings a 12-24 record into Saturday's contest at Portland State before heading to Corvallis for a double-header with the Oregon State on Monday. Becca Baldridge is the lone Spartan hitting above .300, leading the team with a .427 batting average. Baldridge, a junior, also leads the squad with nine stolen bases. Carol Forbes and Brianne Ferguson have shared duties on the mound for most of the season. The duo is combining for a 3.16 ERA while opposing pitchers have a 1.47 ERA. SJSU has lost six of its last seven outings.

BEAVERS AND SPARTANS SERIES NUMBERS: San Jose State leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 4-3 and OSU is 1-2 against the Spartans with Kirk Walker at the helm. The teams last met on Feb. 6, 1999, when the Beavers recorded a 7-2 victory in the season opener.

SCOUTING UNLV: UNLV enters the weekend with a 17-18 record. The Rebels will face Portland State in a double-header on Sunday and then meet University of Oregon for a pair of games on Tuesday before facing Oregon State on Wednesday afternoon. UNLV senior hurler Geney Orris leads the team with six home runs and a .298 batting average. Freshman Jackie Kerrigan boasts a team-best 1.94 ERA in 90 innings pitched and has struckout 78 batters while allowing just 15 walks.

BEAVERS AND REBELS SERIES NUMBERS: UNLV leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 9-2, but OSU is 2-2 against the Rebels with Kirk Walker at the helm. The Beavers recorded a nine-inning 3-0 victory against UNLV on Mar. 16, 2000 in the Kia Klassic. Crystal Draper had nine strikeouts in the contest and Jenni Jodoin registered the game-winning RBI.

SCOUTING OREGON: Oregon brings a 14-8 overall record into the week against Colorado State and UNLV before opening Pac-10 Conference action at Oregon State next Friday (Mar. 29). Andrea Vidlund, a pitcher/outfielder leads the squad with a .418 batting average on 28-for-67 hitting. She also has six homeruns and 26 RBI. Anissa Meashintubby leads the Ducks from the circle with a 2.20 ERA. Vidlund and Kristi Hall both bat better than .400, while the team hits at a .295 clip. Opponents bat .268.

CIVIL WAR SERIES NUMBERS: Against Oregon - OSU's longest running opponent at 136 games - the Beavers are 64-71-1, and 16-12-1 under Walker. OSU owns an eight-game winning streak against the Ducks - dating back to May 15, 1999 - which includes a three-game sweep in 2001 by a combined score of 23-5.

STRIKE OUT CANCER: Oregon State will host Strike Out Cancer Days on Mar. 29 and Mar. 30 when the Beavers face in-state rival University of Oregon. Strike Out Cancer is a program sponsored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) in an effort to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. 2001 marked the first full year of the Strike Out Cancer program and NFCA member schools raised a total of $39,000. Donations during the Civil War games will be taken to local American Cancer Society's Linn-Benton Relay for Life which is located in Eugene. Those contributing $10 or more will be eligible for an array of prizes from the OSU Athletic Department.

TV TIME: The Oregon State-Oregon Civil War game on Saturday, Mar. 30, at 2 p.m. will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Northwest. The game broadcast will air at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 31.

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: Oregon State had three games postponed last week because of weather. The Beavers have rescheduled a double-header with Portland State University on April 9, in Corvallis with game-1 starting at 2 p.m. The Beavers will face Oregon in Eugene on April 2, after the contest was halted in the bottom of the first inning due to snow on Mar. 16. The Civil War game will pick-up where it left off, with the Ducks at bat in the bottom of the first and a runner on second base. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Beavers play 16 home games this year, beginning on Monday with a double-header against San Jose State University. Oregon State wrapped up its first season of play at the OSU Softball Complex with a 7-2 record in 2001 including five victories against Top-25 teams (No. 1 UCLA, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 California (2) and No. 12 Washington). OSU has a current five-game winning streak in Corvallis.

STRIKEOUT QUEEN: With her 31 strikeouts in four appearances over the weekend of Mar. 7-10, senior Crystal Draper became the all-time career leader in strikeouts at OSU with a total of 712. Draper surpassed four-time All-American Tarrah Beyster's mark of 694, set from 1997-2000. Draper did so in 750 innings (which came on March 9, against New Mexico State) - 199 less than Beyster. For her career, Draper averages 0.94 K's per inning, but has raised that mark to 1.38 this year (121 K's in 87 1/3 innings).

SHE'LL BRING 'EM IN: Junior second baseman Brynnen Guthrie leads the team in RBI after 33 games, driving in 20 runs while batting at a .336 (38-113) clip with four homeruns to lead in those categories as well. She is tied with Clare Burnum for the lead in runs scored with 23, and is tops on the squad with 113 at-bats.

ON A ROLL: Junior Shelly Prochaska was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Hawaii Malihini Tournament after going 10-for-23 (.435), driving in three runs and scoring five. Prochaska raised her average from .286 before the weekend to .323 and is third among everyday players in that category. Brynnen Guthrie went 10-for-25 to go from .318 to .336 over the weekend.

AHHH, PERFECTION: Sophomore hurler Monica Hoffman threw her first career perfect game in a 1-0 win over Hawaii on March 8. The shutout was her second no-hitter in six days, as Hoffman shut out Oklahoma State 2-0 on March 2 while walking three. In her last 25 2/3 innings, Hoffman has surrendered just six hits. She has a 0.55 ERA in her last seven appearances, and has not given up an earned run in her last 17 innings.

DOUBLE YOUR FUN: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum leads the squad in doubles with 10, moving up to a tie for sixth on the OSU all-time list with 22 career doubles. Burnum is third on the squad with 14 RBI and tied for first with 23 runs. The Canby, Ore., native has equaled the school record of two doubles in a game twice already this year, doing so in wins over San Diego and St. Mary's (Calif.). The Beavers have four active players among the top six on the career doubles list, senior first baseman Jenni Jodoin (26), junior outfielder Steph Adams (24), junior catcher/dp Shelly Prochaska (23) and junior third baseman Clare Burnum (22) are third-through sixth.

TRIPLE TIME: Clare Burnum tied a school record when she hit two triples in a 5-0 win over San Jose State on March 3 at the Fullerton Worth Tournament. Andrea Talcott set the original record on April 2, 1993 against Stanford. The triples were the first of the season for Burnum, she now has five for her career at OSU.

TRADING PLACES: Clare Burnum and Brynnen Guthrie switched spots in the batting order, beginning at the Leadoff Classic on February 22, with Burnum moving from the third spot to leadoff and Guthrie moving from leadoff to third. OSU is 12-8 this season with Burnum in the leadoff spot and 12-1 when Guthrie bats first. Burnum bats .486 (18-37) in the three-spot, and .233 (14-60) leading off. Guthrie hits .383 (18-47) leading off and .286 (18-63) batting third. Guthrie raised her average in the third spot from .211 (8-38) with a 10-for-25 performance last weekend. Burnum and Guthrie lead the squad in multi-hit games with 11 apiece.

GOOD RATIO: Brynnen Guthrie has more hits than games this year. The junior second baseman has 38 hits in 33 games, including three doubles, a triple and a homerun.

THE ERROR IN THEIR WAY: OSU has committed 34 errors through 33 games this year. The Beavers have 11 errors in their nine losses, which have led to six unearned runs. The Beavers made three errors in their opening-game 4-1 loss to BYU and gave up two unearned runs. In its 7-6 loss to Texas A&M in which they gave up a 6-0 lead, OSU committed three errors and surrendered one unearned run. In a 1-0 nine-inning loss to San Diego State, the winning run was scored on an error. OSU lost 2-1 on a throwing error in the eighth against New Mexico State. In four of OSU's nine losses, errors have played a significant role.

NO DECISION: Senior Crystal Draper has not had a decision in the last 11 games after going 8-2 over the first 22. She had struggled with an injury a few weeks ago, and since has pitched 23 1/3 innings in six appearances over OSU's last 10 games. She has a 1.80 over that span and has made four starts, striking out 37 and walking only four while giving up 17 hits.

WELCOME BACK: The Beavers opened their season with six straight weeks on the road at various tournaments, which works out to 33 games. The Beavers play 13 of their next 14 games at home.

FRESHMAN INFLUENCE: Four freshmen have seen action so far this year. Kelly Petersen has ably filled the shoes of former three-time All-Pac-10 shortstop Shawna Feldt. Petersen is batting .274 while starting every game so far, and recently had a 10-game hitting streak. Also making contributions are Alana Mendoza, who has started 28 of 30 games at left field, second base and designated hitter, and bats .305. Miranda Dellinger has seen limited action at the plate (2-for-4), but has appeared in 16 games, mostly as a pinch runner. Pitcher Kathryn Neufeld has pitched 3 1/3 innings and sports a 2.10 ERA.

THE .300 CLUB: OSU has a total of five starters batting better than .300. Brynnen Guthrie leads the way at .336 (38-113), along with Clare Burnum, Shelly Prochaska, Michelle Chariton, and Alana Mendoza.

TAKE THAT!: The Beavers knocked off their fourth ranked opponent of the year with their 5-4 win over No. 10 Pacific on March 1. OSU is 4-3 against top-25 programs this year.

EVERYBODY CONTRIBUTES: With a staff ERA of 1.28 and an opposing batting average of .165, each pitcher on the staff has made significant contributions. Sophomore Monica Hoffman's 0.89 ERA is tops on the staff in 70 2/3 innings pitched, as is her .137 opponent batting average. Junior transfer Kristen Hunter's 1.45 ERA is second in that category. Crystal Draper's 121 strikeouts are by far the most on the squad, and her 8-2 record leads the way as well.

STRIKING OUT: OSU's staff has an incredible 276-51 strikeout-to-walk ratio entering the weekend. Leading the way in that category is senior Crystal Draper, who sports a whopping 121-10 ratio. Kristen Hunter is next at 68-13, and Monica Hoffman follows at 87-26.

OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE: Oregon State has significant advantages over opponents in several categories:
- Team batting average: .277-.165
- Runs scored: 123-62
- Hits: 240-133
- RBI: 105-51
- Total bases: 265-160
- Walks: 63-42
- Strikeouts (batting): 114-214
- On base percentage: .347-.226
- Earned run average: 1.42-3.38

THE REGULARS: After 33 games, junior Clare Burnum and freshman Kelly Petersen are the only players to start every game at the same position. Burnum has anchored third base and Petersen has been solid at shortstop. Junior Brynnen Guthrie has started all 33 games, 24 at second base, seven as the designated player, one at left field and one at center field. Junior Shelly Prochaska has started 32 games, mostly at catcher, first base, and designated player.

BATTING IN WINS/LOSSES: In OSU's nine losses, the Beavers have a .185 team batting average, and still hold opponents to a .195 mark. In its 24 wins, OSU bats .314 while holding opponents to .152. The Beavers bat .281 with runners in scoring position and hold opponents to .161 in their wins. In their losses, OSU hits .141 and opponents bat .200 with runners in scoring position.

OWNING THE MIDDLE INNINGS: OSU has outscored opponents 37-7 in the third and fourth innings, and has a 240-133 advantage in total runs on the season.

DOUBLE-DUTY: Senior first baseman Jenni Jodoin rejoins the softball team full time after completing competition with the OSU women's basketball team on Mar. 17. The two-sport athlete saw action in 15 basketball games, knocking down 4-of-8 field goals and 7-of-9 free throws, while pulling down 13 rebounds. Jodoin ranks among the OSU softball career leaders in several statistical categories, including second in RBI with 90 and tied for second with 14 homeruns. Jodoin has played in 20 games, going 6-for-36 (.130) with five RBI.

PAC-10 POWER: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads are ranked in the March 17 USA Today/NFCA Poll as follows: 1. UCLA (27), 2. Stanford, 3. Arizona, 6. Arizona State, 8. California, 12. Washington 15. Oregon State.

BRING 'EM ON: On this year's slate, OSU plays 24 of its 55 (43.6%) scheduled games against opponents ranked in the preseason NFCA top 25, a total that does not include possible opponents faced in the latter rounds of tournaments. Oregon State finished the 2001 campaign with a 12-16-1 record against nationally ranked opponents. Of the Beavers' 69 games in 2001, 29 (42-percent), were against top-25 squads. So far, OSU is 4-3 against opponents ranked at the time the teams met.

THEY'RE BAAACK: Of last year's 15 letterwinners, 13 returned to the squad this year, along with seven newcomers. Seven of OSU's nine starters from last year are back as well.

IN THE DUGOUT: Fourth-year assistant coach Jenny Condon returns to Oregon State after a one-year stint at UNLV during the 2000 season. Condon helped lead the Beavers to their first NCAA Regional Tournament appearance in 1999. Heather Smith is back for her third season on the sidelines as an assistant after finishing her playing career with Oregon State in 1999. Shawna Feldt returns to OSU as a student assistant coach after completing her standout career last season. The former shortstop, who ranks as OSU's all-time leader in runs scored, was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and ranks in Oregon State's career top 10 in eight different batting categories.

THE WORD ON WALKER: Head coach Kirk Walker is in his eighth 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 239-219-3 and a 52-124 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, and has 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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