No. 14 Softball Hits The Road For Eight-Straight Games

April 17, 2002


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Friday, April 19, 2002
No. 14 OSU at No. 2 UCLA - 2 p.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, April 20, 2002
No. 14 OSU at No. 9 Washington - 1 p.m. PST, Seattle, WA
(Fox Sports Net)

Sunday, April 21, 2002
No. 14 OSU at No. 9 Washington - 1 p.m. PST, Seattle, WA

SCOUTING UCLA: Second-ranked UCLA brings a 37-6 overall record and 5-3 Pac-10 mark into Friday's game against Oregon State. The Bruins have won four-straight, the longest current winning streak of any Pac-10 team. As a team, UCLA boasts the best batting average (.351) and ERA (0.71) in the conference. Two Bruins are batting over .500 with Stacey Nuveman's .541 average leading all players in the nation. Speedster Natasha Watley boasts a .510 batting average and conference-best 29 stolen bases. Seven players are batting over .300 on the year. Sophomore Keira Goerl and senior Amanda Freed have shouldered most of the action on the mound. Goerl leads the squad with a 0.54 ERA and 184 strikeouts while Freed has a 0.85 ERA and 123 K's. Bruin opponents are batting just .133 and have scored a mere 46 runs compared to UCLA's 260 runs.

BEAVERS AND BRUINS SERIES NUMBERS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 59-5, but the Beavers are 5-26 against the Bruins under head coach Kirk Walker. UCLA has won nine of the last 10 outings, with its lone loss (3-2), coming on April 20, 2001 in the inaugural game at the OSU Softball Complex.

LAST TIME OUT WITH THE BRUINS: The No. 2 ranked UCLA Bruins swept last year's weekend series (May 5-6) in Los Angeles, against Oregon State by scores of 4-0 and 4-1. The Bruins got on the board early in the first game with two runs in the opening inning and OSU couldn't get much going offensively. UCLA got on the board early again in the final game with three runs in the first and held the Beavers to just five hits in the contest.

SCOUTING No. 9 WASHINGTON: No. 9 ranked University of Washington enters the week with a 34-13 overall record and 3-5 Pac-10 mark. The Huskies broke a four-game losing streak with a sweep of No. 3 Stanford over the weekend. UW freshman and Pac-10 Player of the Week, Kristen Rivera, blasted three home runs against the Cardinal, including a three-run shot to provide all the scoring in Washington's 3-0 victory on Monday. Junior Jaime Clark leads the squad with a .431 batting average, 15 home runs and 60 RBI. Sophomore outfielder Rita Roach is hitting .395 and leads the team with 19 stolen bases. As a team, Washington has 86 swipes on the year - the most of any Pac-10 team. Ashley Boek and Tia Bollinger have shouldered most of the pitching load. Boek boasts a 1.15 ERA and Bollinger has a 1.24 mark. Opposing pitchers have a 4.77 ERA against the Huskies.

BEAVERS AND HUSKIES SERIES NUMBERS: Washington has won six of the last nine meetings with Oregon State and leads the all-time series, 29-6 but the Beavers are 6-22 with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU has won two of the last three contests, including a 3-0 shutout earlier this season at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. UW has dominated the games played in Seattle but the Beavers took the 2000 Pac-10 finale on May 13, by a score of 1-0. Tarrah Beyster's home run in the ninth inning provided all of the scoring in the contest, marking the first-ever win for OSU in the Emerald City.

LAST TIME OUT WITH THE HUSKIES: Oregon State pitcher Kristen Hunter allowed just two hits in four innings of work and Monica Hoffman allowed only one hit en route to her second save of the season as No. 11 Oregon State shutout No. 6 University of Washington, 3-0, earlier this season in the NFCA Leadoff Classic (Feb. 24). Traci Feldt scored the game's first run in the third inning after a two-out RBI single by Alana Mendoza. The Beavers scored two more runs in the fourth and tallied six hits in the game off of UW pitcher Leslie Scott.

TV TIME: Oregon State's game at University of Washington on Saturday will be televised live on Fox Sports Net at 1 p.m.

THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT: Oregon State has had 18 of its last 19 games last less than two hours, with its quickest game run at 1:06, when Monica Hoffman threw a no-hitter against Hawai'i on March 8. University of Washington has had 16 of its last 19 games last at least two hours in length. The Huskies' longest game in the stretch was a 2:52 victory against UCLA on March 30.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 1 ARIZONA: University of Arizona capitalized on strong pitching and a big first inning to knock off Oregon State, 4-0, last Friday. The top-ranked Wildcats scored three runs in the opening inning on a pair of walks and two hits. The Beavers recorded five hits against Arizona ace Jenni Finch but could not get any runs across the plate. In two games against Finch last season, OSU combined for just two hits. Crystal Draper struck out 10 batters in six innings of relief for the Beavers.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 6 ARIZONA STATE: Oregon State split a pair of games with No. 6 Arizona State over the weekend. The Beavers topped the Sun Devils, 1-0 in Saturday's clash as senior Traci Feldt knocked in the game's lone run with a two-out single in the sixth inning. Brynnen Guthrie was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate while junior hurler Kristen Hunter allowed just three ASU hits. On Sunday, the Sun Devils recovered with a 6-0 shutout win, as OSU was unable to getting things going offensively. Clare Burnum finished the day 2-for-3 with her team-best 14th double of the year. Oregon State managed just five hits while ASU tallied 13 against three different Beaver pitchers.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: After 11 games at home and 4.5 consecutive weeks without leaving the state of Oregon, the Beavers are on the road for eight-straight games. The road trip is no cake-walk, as Oregon State will be either playing or traveling nine of 11 days from April 18-28. Things start off with the longest legged road-trip in the Pac-10 as OSU heads to Los Angeles via a flight from Eugene, OR on Thursday, only to play Friday afternoon against No. 2 UCLA and catch a plane to Seattle that same night for Saturday and Sunday contests against No. 9 Washington.

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: 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 7-4 record in Corvallis this year with a 2-4 mark against teams ranked in the Top-25. Stanford is the only team to beat the Beavers twice in the OSU Complex and five of Oregon State's six all-time losses have come against teams ranked in the Top-15.

WHO TO WATCH: Senior Traci Feldt led Oregon State with a .429 (3-for-7) batting average against the Arizona schools last week. Feldt had a two-out, game-winning RBI in OSU's 1-0 victory against No. 6 Arizona State last Saturday and is tied for the team-lead with 14 two-out RBI on the year. Feldt also leads the team with a .357 (10-for-28) batting average with runners in scoring position.

ONE CRAZY IDAHOIAN: Known by her teammates as, 'the crazy Idahoan', Boise native Michelle Chariton is batting the best on the team when leading off an inning. Chariton is hitting a whopping .706 (12-for-17) when she's up first in the frame. The speedster has 118 hits in her career, including 116 singles. Chariton has just two extra base hits in her four seasons as a Beaver - a pair of doubles hit earlier this year.

CLEANING UP: Junior Shelly Prochaska has started 43 games this season as Oregon State's No. 4 batter. The Aloha, OR, native is currently fourth on the squad with a .325 batting average, up 47 points from her career mark of .278. She also leads the team in walks (21) and ranks third in the OSU record book with 63 in her career. Prochaska needs just 14 more hits to move into the OSU career top-5 - she currently ranks in seventh place with 142 hits.

TWO-OUT SUCCESS: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum and second baseman Brynnen Guthrie are tied for the team-lead with a .378 batting average when their are two outs. Burnum is 14-for-37 while Guthrie has a 17-for-45 mark when OSU is down to its last out in the frame. As a team, Oregon State is batting .262 with two outs while its opponents are hitting just .190.

STRETCH: Senior first baseman Jenni Jodoin has been involved in 11 of Oregon State's 17 double plays on the season. The North Eugene High grad has assisted on all eight double plays in Pac-10 action, using her ability to do the splits on several occasions. The Oregon State record for double-plays in a single season is 24, set during the 1984 campaign.

NUMBERS CHECK: Senior Michelle Chariton and junior Brynnen Guthrie are tied for the team-lead with a .370 batting average during Pacific-10 Conference games. Both players are 10-for-27 from the plate.

BIG 'D' NO 'E': Outfielders Michelle Chariton and Jessica King are two of just nine players in the Pac-10 to have a perfect fielding percentage entering the week. Chariton has 28 put-outs and three assists without an error while King has made 20 put-outs with 4 assists.

WE LIKE 'EM CLOSE: Five of Oregon State's last six victories have been decided by one run. In contrast, OSU's last four losses have been by a combined average of 5.5 runs per game. On the season, the Beavers have played 22 games decided by a single run and boast a 16-6 (.727) mark in those contests.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum leads the Beavers in doubles with 14 on the year - the third highest single season total at Oregon State. Burnum currently ranks in fourth place in the OSU record book with 25 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 (26), 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.

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.

HIT PARADE: Juniors Brynnen Guthrie and Clare Burnum each have more hits than games played this season. Guthrie leads the Beavers with 50 hits and 23 RBI, while Burnum has 47 hits to go along with a team-best .351 batting average and 14 doubles. All 14 Oregon State players that have stepped up to the plate, have recorded at least two hits on the year.

STEPPING UP: 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 .275 batting average, including three doubles and her first career triple. The Gresham High grad has 22 hits on the year, one more than she had in her first two seasons combined at OSU. King has seen action in 41 games, making 28 starts.

BURNUM BITS: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum leads the team in batting with a .351 (47-for-134) average. Burnum also leads the Beavers in runs (25), doubles (14), triples (2), stolen bases (8) and slugging percentage (.507). She ranks first on the team in multiple hit games and is the lone player to start all 45 games this season.

DRAPER DOMINANCE: Senior pitcher Crystal Draper ranks as the Oregon State career leader for strikeouts with 745. Draper has struckout 154 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 10-3 record with a 1.80 ERA.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore hurler Monica Hoffman leads the Beavers with a 1.22 ERA. Hoffman had a streak of consecutive innings pitched without allowing an earned run, snapped at 40.2 innings, against No. 3 Stanford on April 7. 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 when she blanked University of Oregon on April 2 in Eugene. She threw a pair of no-hitters, including a perfect game, within six days of each other earlier this season. Her 14 games finished in relief rank second in the Pac-10.

HUNTER HYPE: Junior pitcher Kristen Hunter, an All-American at Fresno State, boasts an 11-4 record on the mound for the Beavers. Hunter ranks second on the squad with a 1.69 ERA in 24 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. She pitched her second complete game shutout against No. 6 Arizona State last Saturday.

FRESHMEN FIGURES: Four freshmen have seen action so far this year for the Beavers. Kelly Petersen has started all 44 games she has participated in at shortstop - she missed the April 7 game against No. 3 Stanford after suffering a concussion on a collision. Petersen is batting .238 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 38 of 42 games at left field, second base and designated hitter. Mendoza is batting .264 with seven multiple-hit games. Miranda Dellinger has seen limited action at the plate (2-for-5), but has appeared in 23 games, scoring seven 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 354-69 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Senior hurler Crystal Draper leads the way with a 154-17 ratio. Junior Kristen Hunter boasts an 85-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio while sophomore Monica Hoffman has a 115-33 mark.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has a significant advantage over its opponents in several categories:
- Team batting average: .275-.184
- Runs scored: 143-91
- Hits: 318-205
- RBI: 125-78
- Total bases: 414-302
- Walks: 101-69
- On base percentage: .337-.239
- Earned run average: 1.54-2.63
- Strikeouts (pitching): 354-165

MAKING THE START: Junior Clare Burnum is the only Oregon State player to start all 45 games this year at the same position. The 2001 honorable mention All-Pac-10 performer has anchored third base for the Beavers.

PAC-10 POWER: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads are ranked in the April 17 USA Today/NFCA Poll as follows: 1. Arizona (26), 2. UCLA (1), 3. Stanford, 6. Arizona State, 8. California, 9. Washington 14. Oregon State.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 6-7 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 247-223-3 and a 57-128 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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