No. 14 Softball Faces Busy Week Of Pac-10 Action

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April 1, 2002



Tuesday, April 2, 2002
No. 14 OSU at Oregon - 2 p.m. PST, Eugene, OR

Friday, April 5, 2002
No. 8 California at No. 14 OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Saturday, April 6, 2002
No. 3 Stanford at No. 14 OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Sunday, April 7, 2002
No. 3 Stanford at No. 14 OSU - 1 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

SCOUTING OREGON: Oregon brings an 18-11 overall record into Tuesday's halted game against Oregon State. The Ducks are coming off a pair of Civil War losses (0-2, 2-3) at the OSU Softball Complex last week. Amber Hutchison and Alyssa Laux each picked up a pair of hits against the Beavers over the weekend. Anissa Meashintubby was most effective on the mound for the Ducks, allowing six hits and a pair of runs in 6.1 innings of work. Tuesday's game will begin in the bottom of the first inning with Oregon at-bat, one-out and a runner on second base. Meashintubby will be on the mound for the Ducks with Monica Hoffman pitching for the Beavers.

CIVIL WAR SERIES NUMBERS: Against Oregon - OSU's longest running opponent at 138 games - the Beavers are 66-71-1, and 18-12-1 under Walker. OSU owns an 10-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 and last weekends two victories.

SCOUTING No. 8 CALIFORNIA: No. 8 ranked University of California brings a 35-11 overall record and 2-1 Pac-10 mark into Friday's game against Oregon State. The Golden Bears have four players batting over .300 with Courtney Scott's .367 average leading the way. Senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest leads the squad with a 16-6 record. Forest has a conference-best 226 strikeouts in 157.1 innings and boasts a 1.07 ERA. As a team, Cal is batting .293 while its opponents are hitting just .177.

BEAVERS AND BEARS SERIES NUMBERS: California leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 51-21, but the Beavers are 8-17 against Cal with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU swept the two-game series with the Bears in last season's final day of action. Oregon State won both games in the OSU Softball Complex by a score of 1-0.

OSU AND CALIFORNIA LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State swept its double-header against No. 6 California by 1-0 margins to close out last year's regular season (May 12). OSU Senior Brooke Rutschman scored the game-winning run in the opener when fellow senior Shawna Feldt's RBI double got the Beavers on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Game-two featured a pitchers dual between Cal's Jocelyn Forest and OSU's Crystal Draper. A scoreless tie sent the game to extra innings and the Beavers picked up the win when Feldt scored the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth after a leadoff double. Draper allowed just two hits and her 28th victory of the year tied Oregon State's single-season record.

SCOUTING No. 3 STANFORD: No. 3 ranked Stanford University brings a 28-5 overall record and 1-2 Pac-10 mark into a non-conference tilt against No. 11 Fresno State on Tuesday, before heading to the Beaver State at the end of the week. Stanford fields a pair of players that are batting over .400. Senior outfielder Jessica Mendoza leads the squad with a .444 average and 16 stolen bases while Sarah Beeson is batting .436. The Cardinal has lost three of its last four games after having won 16 straight. Juniors Tori Nyberg and Maureen LeCocq have shared duties on the mound. Nyberg boasts a team-best 1.23 ERA with 117 strikeouts while LeCocq has a 1.97 ERA.

BEAVERS AND CARDINAL SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Stanford University, 19-17. The Beavers have a 7-16 mark against the Cardinal with Kirk Walker at the helm. Stanford has won six of the last seven meetings between the squads.

OSU AND STANFORD LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State knocked off No. 4 Stanford, 1-0 at the OSU Softball Complex on May 11. The Beavers scored the lone run of the contest on a second inning home run by sophomore Steph Adams. The long ball proved to be Adams' second game-winner of the 2001 season. Pitcher Crystal Draper earned her 11th shutout of the season, allowing just five hits and striking out five on the way to the victory.

FAST FACT: Stanford University is the only Pac-10 Conference school that Oregon State has a winning overall record against. The Beavers lead the series with the Cardinal, 19-17.

BEST START: Oregon State's 2-0 start in Pacific-10 Conference action is its best in school history.

STRIKE OUT CANCER RESULTS: In last Friday and Saturday's Civil War series, a total of $500 was raised in response to the Strike Out Cancer fund drive. The money was taken to the American Cancer Society's Linn-Benton Relay for Life, located in Eugene.

LOOKING BACK AT OREGON: Brynnen Guthrie's 2-RBI double in the first inning provided all of the scoring, as Oregon State beat University of Oregon, 2-0, in last Friday's Pac-10 opener. Kristen Hunter picked up the win on the mound for the Beavers, to become the first OSU pitcher to reach 10 victories on the season. Hunter threw a no-hitter for 5.1 innings before the Ducks got a pair of hits in the sixth. In Saturday's contest, the Beavers jumped on the board early with a run in the first and Steph Adams' solo home run in the second inning extended the lead to 2-0. Oregon wouldn't go away however, recording a run in the fourth to narrow the margin and after OSU added another run in the sixth, the Ducks saw a seventh inning rally fall just short. Crystal Draper was credited with the 3-2 win for the Beavers and Hunter threw three innings of relief. Oregon out-hit Oregon State, 8-6.

PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Oregon State junior hurler Kristen Hunter was named Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week for March 25-31, as was announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen on Monday. Hunter, from Portland, OR, went 2-0 (including a complete game shutout against in-state rival University of Oregon), and recorded her first save of the season in three appearances last week. In that span, she struck out 15 batters in 15 innings of work. Hunter boasted a 0.93 ERA, giving up just two runs and a walk, to help the No. 14 ranked Beavers improve their record to 29-9 on the year and 2-0 in Pac-10 play. Overall, Hunter has a 10-3 record to go along with a 1.35 ERA and 83 strikeouts. She has allowed just four hits and one walk in her last 18.1 innings of action. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first of Hunter's career and the 19th all-time selection for Oregon State.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Beavers play 16 home games this year, including eight of their next nine. 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 10-game winning streak in Corvallis.

STREAKS TO WATCH: Sophomore pitcher Monica Hoffman has not allowed an earned run in 26 consecutive innings ... Junior third baseman Clare Burnum has a current seven-game hitting streak ... As a team, Oregon State is 10-0 in games that Monica Hoffman starts on the mound ... Oregon State is 7-0 when junior Steph Adams bats in the No. 5 spot ... OSU has won 10-straight games at the OSU Softball Complex, including seven-straight against Pac-10 opponents.

SISTER CONNECTION: Oregon State freshman Alana Mendoza will square off against her older sister, Jessica (senior), when the Beavers face No. 3 Stanford on Saturday and Sunday. Alana Mendoza has seen action in 35 games, making 33 starts for the Beavers. She currently ranks fifth on the team in batting with a .284 average and has three stolen bases. Jessica Mendoza, the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year and All-American outfielder, leads the Cardinal with a .444 clip from the plate, 10 home runs and 16 stolen bases.

WHATEVER WORKS: Junior second baseman Brynnen Guthrie leads Oregon State in RBI after 38 games, driving in 22 runs while batting .328 (41-125), with a team-best four home runs. Guthrie's double to centerfield against Oregon last Friday knocked in the game's only runs. The Roseburg High grad also leads the team in reaching base on errors. Guthrie has reached first this season on eight miscues by the opponent.

GOOD WEEK: Third baseman Clare Burnum had a huge week for the Beavers as Oregon State opened up the home-campaign with a 5-0 record. Burnum was 9-for-15 from the plate for a team-leading .600 batting average. The Canby, OR, native belted three doubles, had four stolen bases and scored a pair of runs while boasting a team-best .800 slugging percentage and .667 on base percentage. Burnum improved her season batting average to a team-high .366.

THAT'S A STEAL: As a team, Oregon State stole nine bases in 10 attempts during last week's five games. Four different players had at least one steal with Clare Burnum's four swipes leading the way.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum leads the Beavers in doubles with 13 on the year, moving her into sole possession of fourth place in the OSU record book with 24 doubles in her career. 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), Burnum (25), junior outfielder Steph Adams (24), and junior catcher/dp Shelly Prochaska (23), 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.

BIG HITS: Freshman shortstop Kelly Petersen leads Oregon State with 14 two-out RBI on the season. Petersen's two-out, sixth inning single against Oregon on Saturday knocked in what proved to be the game-winning run for the Beavers. Senior Traci Feldt has 13 two-out RBI on the season while junior Clare Burnum leads the Beavers with a .406 (13-for-32) batting average with two-outs.

ON THE BASEPATHS: Junior Clare Burnum's 3-of-4 stolen bases last week move her into the team-lead with seven swipes (7-for-9) on the season. Junior Brynnen Guthrie and senior Michelle Chariton are tied for second with four stolen bases. Chariton ranks in third place in the OSU record book with 29 steals in her career. The Boise, ID, native needs just four swipes to surpass Lianne Watanabe (1984-87) and become the Beavers' all-time leader. Last season, Chariton led Oregon State with a perfect 13-for-13 mark on stolen bases, setting the OSU single-season record for swipes.

HIT PARADE: Juniors Brynnen Guthrie and Clare Burnum each have more hits than games played this season. The duo lead the Beavers with 41 hits apiece. Both players show their power numbers as Guthrie leads the team with four home runs while Burnum has tallied at team-best 13 doubles. All 14 Oregon State players that have stepped up to the plate, have recorded at least two hits on the year.

DRAPER DOMINANCE: Senior pitcher Crystal Draper ranks as the Oregon State career leader for strikeouts with 727. Draper has struckout 136 batters this season, ranking fourth in the Pac-10. Her five complete games on the year have moved her into third place in the OSU record book with 68 complete games. Her 70 victories are second only to All-American Tarrah Beyster (91). On the season, Draper has a 10-2 record with a 1.49 ERA.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore hurler Monica Hoffman leads the Beavers with a 0.79 ERA and has not allowed an earned run in 26 consecutive innings. Hoffman has thrown a pair of no-hitters, including a perfect game, within six days of each other earlier this season. She's tied for first in the Pac-10 for games finished in relief with 12.

HUNTER HYPE: Junior pitcher Kristen Hunter, an All-American at Fresno State, boasts a 10-3 record on the mound for the Beavers. Hunter ranks second on the squad with a 1.35 ERA in 20 appearances. She has allowed just four hits and one walk in her last 18.1 innings of work.

WELCOME BACK: The Beavers opened their season with six straight weeks on the road at various tournaments, which works out to 33 games. After starting the home-campaign this week with five victories, the Beavers play eight of their next nine games in the friendly confines of the OSU Softball Complex.

FRESHMAN INFLUENCE: Four freshmen have seen action so far this year. Kelly Petersen has started all 36 games and done a good job of filling the shoes of former three-time All-Pac-10 shortstop Shawna Feldt. Petersen is batting .257 with four doubles and 17 RBI. Petersen also sported the longest hitting streak of the season for the Beavers, at 10 games. Alana Mendoza has started 33 of 35 games at left field, second base and designated hitter. Mendoza is batting .284 and ranks in a tie for third on the squad with seven multiple-hit games. Miranda Dellinger has seen limited action at the plate (2-for-4), but has appeared in 18 games, mostly as a pinch runner, while pitcher Kathryn Neufeld has a 2.10 ERA in 3 1/3 innings of work.

GETTING THE 'K': Oregon State's pitching staff enters the week with an incredible 316-55 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Senior hurler Crystal Draper leads the way with a 136-12 ratio, despite allowing a pair of bases on balls against Oregon last Saturday. Junior Kristen Hunter boasts a 83-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio while sophomore Monica Hoffman has a 97-27 mark.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has a significant advantage over its opponents in several categories:
- Team batting average: .276-.168
- Runs scored: 136-65
- Hits: 272-156
- RBI: 118-53
- Total bases: 359-231
- Walks: 88-55
- On base percentage: .338-.223
- Earned run average: 1.19-2.92
- Strikeouts (pitching): 316-137

MAKING THE START: Junior Clare Burnum and freshman Kelly Petersen are the only players to start all 38 games at the same position. Burnum has anchored third base and Petersen has performed well at shortstop.

OWNING THE MIDDLE INNINGS: OSU has outscored opponents 45-8 in the third and fourth innings, and has a 136-65 advantage in total runs on the season.

NO EXTRA INNINGS, JUST BIG WINS: Oregon State fields just a 1-4 record in games that have gone an extra frame. The Beavers have been outscored 5-0 in the ninth inning. OSU is 7-0 however, in contests decided by five runs or more.

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 is third with 14 home runs. Jodoin has played in 25 games this season for the Beavers.

PAC-10 POWER: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads are ranked in the March 24 USA Today/NFCA Poll as follows: 1. UCLA (26), 2. Arizona (1), 3. Stanford, 6. Arizona State, 8. California, 12. Washington 14. Oregon State.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 4-3 against opponents ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Poll Top-25. OSU 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.

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 is back at 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 244-219-3 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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