No. 14 Softball Hosts Double-Header With Portland State Tuesday

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April 8, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

NO. 14 SOFTBALL FACES PORTLAND STATE IN NON-CONFERENCE DOUBLE-HEADER TUESDAY, BEAVERS HOST ARIZONA SCHOOLS THIS WEEKEND

Tuesday, April 9, 2002
Portland State at No. 14 OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR
(Double-header)

Friday, April 12, 2002
No. 2 Arizona at No. 14 OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Saturday, April 13, 2002
No. 8 Arizona State at No. 14 OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Sunday, April 14, 2002
No. 8 Arizona State at No. 14 OSU - 1 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE: Portland State brings an 11-20 record into Tuesday's double-header with Oregon State. The Vikings are coming off a double-header split with Santa Clara University (W 4-2, L 0-4), on Sunday. Three PSU players are batting over .300 with Nichole Ivie's .325 average and 15 RBI leading the way. Monica Martell leads the team with 10 runs scored, while batting .313. Junior pitcher Morgan Seibert leads the squad with a 2.06 ERA and an 8-9 overall record in 115.1 innings pitched. As a team, Portland State is batting .238 while its opponents are hitting .250.

BEAVERS AND VIKINGS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Portland State, 53-26-1 and is 14-4 against the Vikings with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU has won two-straight against PSU and five of its last six. The Vikings became just the second team to beat the Beavers in the OSU Softball Complex with a 1-0 victory on May 2, 2001. OSU recovered to earn an 8-0, six-inning, victory in the nightcap as Crystal Draper threw her third career no-hitter.

ISN'T THAT ODD (OR EVEN): Over the last five years Oregon State has dropped a game to Portland State one season and then swept the series with the Vikings the next year. OSU swept the series with PSU in 1998 and 2000 while dropping a game to the Vikings during the 1997, 1999 and 2001 campaigns.

SCOUTING No. 2 ARIZONA: No. 2 ranked University of Arizona brings a 35-5 overall record and 4-1 Pac-10 Conference mark into Friday's game against Oregon State. The defending national champion Wildcats, split a pair of games with top-ranked UCLA last weekend in Tucson. Senior hurler Jennie Finch had her 60-game winning streak on the mound stopped by the Bruins on Sunday. Finch, 20-1 overall on the season, boasts a 0.75 ERA with 210 strikeouts and only 33 walks. She is second on the squad with 33 runs scored and boasts a .336 batting average. UA has seven players batting over .300 with Lovieanne Jung's 431 average and 47 runs scored leading the way. Leneah Manuma leads the squad with 17 home runs, as six Wildcats have at least nine long balls on the season. As a team, Arizona is batting .333 while its opponents hit just .156.

BEAVERS AND WILDCAT SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 59-7, and the Beavers are 3-25 against the Wildcats with Kirk Walker at the helm. Arizona has won seven-straight games against OSU. The last Beaver victory was a 4-0 win on Mar. 27, 1999 in Tucson.

OSU AND ARIZONA LAST TIME OUT: The top-ranked Arizona Wildcats held on to sweep the April 27 double-header with Oregon State, 1-0 and 7-1. In the opening game, OSU pitcher Crystal Draper allowed just five hits and only two that left the infield but a high chopper over third base in the fifth inning allowed the Wildcats to score the lone run of the game. Arizona pitcher Jennie Finch allowed just two hits and struck out eight on the way to improving to 22-0 on the year. The Beavers struggled to get any momentum going in the second game, as the Wildcats pounded 10 hits to OSU'S six and pulled away for the victory.

SCOUTING No. 8 ARIZONA STATE: No. 8 ranked Arizona State University enters the week with a 33-9 overall record and 3-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils are coming off a huge weekend of action, knocking off top-ranked UCLA, 3-2 last Friday and sweeping No. 10 Washington. ASU has four players batting over .400 with sophomore Phelan Wright's .460 average and 13 doubles leading the way. Kara Brun adds a .408 clip with a team-best 38 RBI while Nichole Thompson is batting .400. Senior pitcher Erica Beach leads the squad with a 20-6 record in 31 appearances, while Kirsten Voak boasts a team-best 0.95 ERA. As a team, Arizona State is batting .315 while holding its opponents to a .203 clip.

BEAVERS AND SUN DEVIL SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona State leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 50-17, but the Beavers are 12-16 against the Sun Devils under head coach Kirk Walker. OSU has won two-straight against ASU, sweeping the Sun Devils in Tempe last season.

OSU AND ARIZONA STATE LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State swept both games of last year's April 28-29 series with No. 9 Arizona State, 2-0 and 4-3. Crystal Draper picked up the win in both contests to improve her season record to 24-9. In the first game, the Beavers reeled off five consecutive singles to left field and scored both of their runs in the first inning for the victory. Sophomore Jessica King homered to start the scoring in second game and the Beavers took advantage of a costly ASU error in the fourth inning to score three runs. The Sun Devils out-hit the Beavers 10-6 in the contest.

LOOKING BACK AT OREGON: Sophomore pitcher Monica Hoffman became just the second Oregon State hurler to throw three no-hitters during her career and the first to have three in one season as the Beavers topped University of Oregon, 1-0 last Tuesday. Hoffman struckout seven batters and allowed just one walk in the contest. Senior Jenni Jodoin's RBI-double to center field in the first inning provided the Beavers with the only run they would need.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 6 CALIFORNIA: Steph Adams' two-out, three-run, sixth inning home run lifted Oregon State to a 3-2 victory against No. 6 California last Friday. Cal jumped in front 2-0 in the fifth inning but Adams' 16th career homer lifted the Beavers to victory and Monica Hoffman picked up the win after pitching 1.2 innings of relief. Michelle Chariton had two hits on the day for the Beavers.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 3 STANFORD: No. 3 Stanford swept the weekend series with Oregon State, 7-0 and 7-3. The Cardinal dominated Saturday's game, scoring early and often. The Beavers pounded 11 hits on the afternoon, including a 4-for-4 effort from Brynnen Guthrie, but left 14 runners stranded on base. In Sunday's game, OSU took a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning, riding the arm of Monica Hoffman who had allowed just two Stanford hits through six. The Cardinal offense caught fire in the seventh, scoring seven runs and pounding seven hits, including a pair of home runs, to steal the victory.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Beavers play 16 home games this year, including five this week. 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 broken against No. 3 Stanford on Saturday. The Cardinal became just the third team to beat the Beavers in the OSU Softball Complex and the first to win twice after sweeping the weekend series.

STREAK STOPPED: Junior Clare Burnum had her hitting streak stopped at 10 games on Sunday against No. 3 Stanford. Burnum's 10-game streak matches freshman Kelly Petersen for season-high honors.

INJURY UPDATE: Freshman Kelly Petersen was forced to sit out of Sunday's game against No. 3 Stanford after suffering a concussion in Saturday's game against the Cardinal. Petersen, a shortstop, collided with leftfielder Cara Maxey on a fly ball at the edge of the grass. Petersen had started the first 40 games for OSU at short, before being replaced by Maxey on Sunday. Her status has yet to be determined.

BIG WEEK: Junior second baseman Brynnen Guthrie led the Beavers with a .462 batting average in OSU's four games last week. Guthrie was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double against No. 3 Stanford on Saturday. The Roseburg High grad went 6-for-13 from the plate with an RBI and run scored. She totaled seven bases - the most on the team - and recorded a .538 slugging percentage. Defensively Guthrie had 11 putouts and seven assists.

TURNING TWO: Oregon State turned three double-plays over the weekend, including two crucial double plays against No. 6 California. The Beavers have turned-two 14 times this season, just three shy of last year's mark. The OSU record for double-plays in a single season is 24, set during the 1984 campaign.

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 (27), Burnum (25), junior outfielder Steph Adams (24), and junior catcher/dp Shelly Prochaska (24), are third-through fifth.

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.

A LOOK AT THE LONGBALL: Junior Steph Adams' game-winning three-run home run in the sixth inning against No. 6 California last Friday was the second in three games for Adams and 16th of her career. Adams is the only Beaver to homer in the OSU Softball Complex so far this season. Brynnen Guthrie leads the team with four longballs on the season while Shelly Prochaska has hit three out.

LOAD 'EM UP: Senior Traci Feldt leads Oregon State with a 5-for-7 (.714) clip from the plate with the bases loaded.

LEADING OFF: Junior Jessica King is batting .562 (9-for-16) when leading off the inning. Fellow junior Brynnen Guthrie is hitting .412 (14-for-34) as the leadoff batter.

ON THE BASEPATHS: Junior Clare Burnum leads the Beavers with eight stolen bases (8-for-11) on the season. Senior Michelle Chariton is second on the squad with five swipes while junior Brynnen Guthrie has four. Chariton is tied for second place in the OSU record book with 30 steals in her career. The Boise, ID, native needs just three 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.

MORE FOR YOUR MONEY: Juniors Brynnen Guthrie and Clare Burnum each have more hits than games played this season. Guthrie leads the Beavers with 47 hits and 23 RBI, while Burnum has 44 hits to go along with a team-best .355 batting average and 13 doubles. All 14 Oregon State players that have stepped up to the plate, have recorded at least two hits on the year.

IT'S GOOD TO BE KING: Junior outfielder Jessica King has upped her batting average significantly over last season's mark. King, who hit .226 as a sophomore, is currently fifth on the squad with a .292 batting average, including three doubles and her first career triple. The Gresham High grad has 21 hits on the year, matching the number of hits she had in her first two seasons at OSU. King has seen action in 38 games, making 25 starts.

DRAPER DOMINANCE: Senior pitcher Crystal Draper ranks as the Oregon State career leader for strikeouts with 735. Draper has struckout 144 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 in her career. Her 70 victories are second only to All-American Tarrah Beyster (91). On the season, Draper has a 10-2 record with a 1.73 ERA.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore hurler Monica Hoffman leads the Beavers with a 0.96 ERA. Hoffman had her streak of consecutive innings pitched without allowing an earned run, snapped at 40.2 innings, against No. 3 Stanford on Sunday. Hoffman became just the second OSU pitcher (Crystal Draper) to throw three no-hitters in her career and first to throw three in one season as she blanked University of Oregon last Tuesday in Eugene. She threw a pair of no-hitters, including a perfect game, within six days of each other earlier this season. Her 13 games finished in relief rank second in the latest Pac-10 standings.

HUNTER HYPE: Junior pitcher Kristen Hunter, an All-American at Fresno State, boasts a 10-4 record on the mound for the Beavers. Hunter ranks third on the squad with a 1.74 ERA in 22 appearances. Hunter was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 25-31 after going 2-0 with a save, in her three appearances on the mound for the Beavers. In the stretch, she struck out 15 batters while allowing just two walks and a 0.93 ERA.

FRESHMAN FIGURES: Four freshmen have seen action so far this year. Kelly Petersen has started all 40 games she has participated in at shortstop. Petersen is batting .241 with four doubles and 17 RBI. Petersen is also tied for the longest hitting streak on the season at 10 games. Alana Mendoza has started 36 of 39 games at left field, second base and designated hitter. Mendoza is batting .277 with seven multiple-hit games. Miranda Dellinger has seen limited action at the plate (2-for-4), but has appeared in 21 games, scoring six runs, mostly as a pinch runner. 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 340-64 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Senior hurler Crystal Draper leads the way with a 144-16 ratio. Junior Kristen Hunter boasts an 85-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio while sophomore Monica Hoffman has a 111-30 mark.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has a significant advantage over its opponents in several categories:
- Team batting average: .278-.176
- Runs scored: 142-81
- Hits: 301-183
- RBI: 124-68
- Total bases: 396-273
- Walks: 99-64
- On base percentage: .343-.233
- Earned run average: 1.44-2.79
- Strikeouts (pitching): 340-145

MAKING THE START: Junior Clare Burnum is the only Oregon State player to start all 42 games this year at the same position. The 2001 honorable mention All-Pac-10 performer has anchored third base for the Beavers.

SICKENING SEVENTH: Oregon State has been outscored 23-12 in the seventh inning during the season. The Beavers continue to dominate the early innings however, maintaining an 82-29 advantage in the first through fourth innings. On the season, OSU is outscoring its opponents, 142-81.

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 ranking second in RBI with 92 and third with 14 home runs. Jodoin has played in 29 games this season for the Beavers.

PAC-10 POWER: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads are ranked in the March 31 USA Today/NFCA Poll as follows: 1. UCLA (16), 2. Arizona (11), 3. Stanford, 6. California, 8. Arizona State, 10. Washington 14. Oregon State.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 5-5 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 246-221-3 and a 56-126 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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