No. 16 Softball Visits Arizona Schools

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April 25, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

No. 16 SOFTBALL TRAVELS TO No. 5 ARIZONA STATE ON FRIDAY BEFORE WEEKEND SERIES WITH No. 2 ARIZONA

Friday, April 26, 2002
No. 16 OSU at No. 5 Arizona State - 7 p.m. PST, Tempe, AZ

Saturday, April 27, 2002
No. 16 OSU at No. 2 Arizona - 7 p.m. PST, Tucson, AZ

Sunday, April 28, 2002
No. 16 OSU at No. 2 Arizona - 1 p.m. PST, Tucson, AZ

SCOUTING No. 5 ARIZONA STATE: No. 5 ranked Arizona State enters Friday's game against Oregon State with a 37-11 overall record and 7-4 mark in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils are coming off a weekend sweep of then No. 3 ranked Stanford University (4-0 and 1-0). ASU has a pair of players batting over .400 with sophomore Phelan Wright's .443 average and 14 doubles leading the way. Kara Brun is hitting .411 with a team-best 46 RBI. As a team, Arizona State has out-scored its opponents, 214-91. Senior Erica Beach has seen most of the action on the mound for the Sun Devils and boasts a 1.04 ERA to go along with a 24-8 record. Kirsten Voak leads the squad with a 0.90 ERA in 24 appearances.

BEAVERS AND SUN DEVIL SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona State leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 51-18, but the Beavers are 13-17 against the Sun Devils under head coach Kirk Walker. OSU has won three of the last four games against ASU and three-straight in Tempe.

ARIZONA STATE LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State split a pair of games with No. 6 Arizona State on April 13-14. The Beavers topped the Sun Devils, 1-0 in the first game of the weekend series 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. The Sun Devils recovered with a 6-0 shutout win to close out the series in Corvallis. 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.

SCOUTING No. 2 ARIZONA: No. 2 ranked Arizona enters the week with a 41-7 overall record and 8-3 Pac-10 mark. The Wildcats are looking to break a two-game losing streak, their longest of the season, when they face University of Oregon on Friday. UA was swept by No. 8 California last weekend. Arizona has six batters hitting above .300, led by Lovieanne Jung's .378 clip and 51 runs scored. Senior pitcher Jennie Finch is batting .346 with 47 RBI, while adding a 0.84 ERA and 24-2 overall record. Leneah Manuma leads the squad with 17 home runs and 59 RBI, while batting .339. The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in home runs with 76 on the year. UA is out-scoring its opponents, 297-60.

BEAVERS AND WILDCAT SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 60-7, and the Beavers are 3-26 against the Wildcats with Kirk Walker at the helm. Arizona has won eight-straight games against OSU. The last Beaver victory was a 4-0 win on Mar. 27, 1999 in Tucson.

ARIZONA LAST TIME OUT: University of Arizona capitalized on strong pitching and a big first inning to knock off Oregon State, 4-0, on April 12. 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.

SCHEDULE NOTE: Oregon State will host Portland State University in a double-header on Monday, April 29. Game-one is set to begin at 2 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex. The double-header was rescheduled twice after being rained out.

LOOKING BACK AT PORTLAND STATE: Oregon State swept Tuesday's double-header with Portland State University, 5-0 and 2-0. In game-one, OSU hurler Monica Hoffman allowed just one hit and struckout nine batters en route to her 12th victory of the year. The Beavers got on the board early with a pair of unearned runs in the first inning. Clare Burnum belted a two-run home to help extend the Oregon State lead and freshman pitcher Kaitlin Wilson struckout the first batter of her career in 1.2 innings of relief. Burnum blasted her second home run of the day over the right field fence to give Oregon State a 1-0 lead in the second game. The Beavers added an insurance run after Shelly Prochaska's RBI-single in the seventh inning and Crystal Draper struckout the final two Viking batters to secure the victory.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 2 UCLA: Kelly Petersen's sixth inning infield single proved to be the only hit that No. 14 Oregon State could come up with against No. 2 UCLA last Friday. The Bruins jumped in front early with three runs in the first inning en route to a 7-0 victory.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 9 WASHINGTON: No. 9 ranked University of Washington maintained its dominance of No. 14 Oregon State in Seattle, sweeping the Beavers, 3-1 and 1-0 over the weekend. On Saturday the Huskies used three consecutive singles in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead and added two more runs in the fifth when Kristen Rivera homered to deep center field off of reliever Kristen Hunter. Jessica King led the Beavers with a 2-for-3 effort from the plate, including a double. In Sunday's contest OSU hurler Monica Hoffman allowed just three hits but UW scored an unearned run in the third inning and offensively the Beavers were unable to get across the plate despite out-hitting the Huskies, 4-3.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has 18 shutouts on the season. The Beavers have posted back-to-back shutout victories on four different occasions this year. In 2001, Oregon State finished the regular season with three consecutive 1-0 victories, one coming against Stanford and the other two against California.

NICE NIGHT: Oregon State has a perfect 5-0 record in night games played this season. The Beavers will play two this weekend under the lights, when they face No. 5 Arizona State on Friday and No. 2 Arizona on Saturday.

STREAKS TO WATCH: Senior Michelle Chariton and junior Brynnen Guthrie both are riding four-game hitting streaks headed into Friday's contest at Arizona State ... Sophomore pitcher Monica Hoffman has pitched 11.1 consecutive inning without allowing an earned run ... Junior Clare Burnum has homered in two consecutive games.

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.

LEADOFF: Senior centerfielder Michelle Chariton is hitting a whopping .650 (13-for-20) when she is the leadoff batter during an inning. Jessica King boasts a .500 (12-for-24) batting average when she's up first in the frame.

BASES EMPTY: Outfielder Michelle Chariton leads the Beavers with a .439 batting average (25-for-57) with the bases empty. Second baseman Brynnen Guthrie is also boasting a plus .400 batting average without runners on base, hitting .405 (32-for-79).

MAKING IT COUNT: Junior Clare Burnum leads Oregon State in two-out batting average with a .372 (16-for-43) mark. Brynnen Guthrie is also batting well with two away, hitting .347 (17-for-49).

CLEAN-UP: Junior Shelly Prochaska has started 48 games this season as Oregon State's No. 4 batter. The Aloha, Ore., native is currently fourth on the squad with a .296 batting average. Her 64 career walks rank third in the OSU record book. Prochaska needs just 13 more hits to move into the OSU career top-5 - she currently ranks in seventh place with 143 hits.

TURNING TWO: Oregon State has turned 18 double plays on the season. The Beavers have turned-two nine times in the first 12 Pac-10 games. The OSU record for double-plays in a single season is 24, set during the 1984 campaign.

HITTING BIG: Junior second baseman Brynnen Guthrie leads the Beavers with 55 hits, four home runs and 23 RBI. Guthrie is second on the squad with a .342 (55-for-161) overall batting average and her .353 (12-for-34) mark during Pac-10 play leads all players.

STILL PERFECT: Outfielders Michelle Chariton and Jessica King are two of just eight players in the Pac-10 to have a perfect fielding percentage. Chariton has 33 put-outs and three assists without an error while King has made 24 put-outs with 4 assists.

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 single-game 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.

HOMER HAPPY: Junior Clare Burnum became the first OSU player to hit a pair of home runs on the same day this season, when she took the ball over the right field fence in both games of Oregon State's double-header with Portland State on Tuesday. The long balls were the first for the Beavers since Steph Adams' game-winning shot against California on April 5. OSU now has 16 home runs on the year.

ON THE BASEPATHS: Junior Clare Burnum leads the Beavers with nine stolen bases (9-for-11) on the season. Senior Michelle Chariton is second on the squad with six swipes while junior Brynnen Guthrie has five. All three players picked up a steal against Portland State on Tuesday, as OSU was 5-for-6 on stolen base attempts in the double-header. Chariton currently ranks in second place in the OSU record book with 31 steals in her career. The Boise, ID, native needs just two more 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.

KING COMMENTS: 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 four doubles and her first career triple. The Gresham High grad has 26 hits on the year, five more than she had in her first two seasons combined at OSU. King currently ranks second on the squad in batting average during Pac-10 games with a .348 mark (8-for-23). On the year, she has seen action in 46 games, making 32 starts.

BURNUM BITS: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum leads the team with a .345 (51-for-148) batting average. Burnum leads the Beavers in runs (28), doubles (14), triples (2), stolen bases (9), slugging percentage (.527), and on base percentage (.434). She finished Tuesday's double-header against Portland State, batting .500 (3-for-6) with two walks, two home runs and three RBI. The Beavers' most consistent hitter on the season, Burnum has a team-best 16 multiple hit games and her 14 doubles are tied for the most in the Pac-10. The Canby, Ore., native is the lone player to start all 50 contests this season.

DRAPER DOMINANCE: Senior pitcher Crystal Draper ranks as the Oregon State career leader for strikeouts with 755. Draper has struckout 164 batters this season, ranking fourth in the Pac-10. Her six complete games on the year have moved her into third place in the OSU record book with 69 complete games in her career. Her 71 victories are second only to All-American Tarrah Beyster (91). On the season, Draper has an 11-4 record with a 1.70 ERA. Draper's 30 appearances are the most of any OSU pitcher this season.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore hurler Monica Hoffman leads the Beavers with a 1.10 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. Hoffman ranks second on the squad with 130 strikeouts and leads the team by allowing opposing batters to hit just .146 when she's in the circle. Her 14 games finished in relief rank third in the Pac-10 and her 1.10 ERA ranks eighth.

HUNTER HYPE: Junior pitcher Kristen Hunter, an All-American at Fresno State, boasts an 11-5 record on the mound for the Beavers. Hunter brings a 2.03 ERA into the week after 26 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 has forced 163 groundouts on the year compared to just 47 outs in the air.

FRESHMEN FIGURES: Four freshmen have seen action so far this year for the Beavers. Kelly Petersen has started all 49 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 .237 with four doubles and 18 RBI. Petersen's 10-game hitting streak earlier this year matches the longest for the Beavers during the season. Alana Mendoza has started 40 of 47 games at left field, second base and designated player. Mendoza is batting .252 with seven multiple-hit games. Miranda Dellinger has seen limited action at the plate (2-for-7), but has appeared in 26 games, scoring seven runs, mostly as a pinch runner. Pitcher Kathryn Neufeld has a 1.40 ERA in five innings of work.

GETTING THE 'K': Oregon State's pitching staff enters the week with an incredible 383-77 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Senior hurler Crystal Draper leads the way with a 164-19 ratio. Junior Kristen Hunter boasts an 88-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio while sophomore Monica Hoffman has a 130-35 mark.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State continues to maintain an advantage over its opponents in several categories:
- Team batting average: .268-.186
- Runs scored: 151-102
- Hits: 344-231
- RBI: 131-89
- Total bases: 447-340
- Walks: 111-77
- On base percentage: .332-.243
- Earned run average: 1.56-2.46
- Strikeouts (pitching): 383-195

MAKING THE START: Junior Clare Burnum is the only Oregon State player to start all 50 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 21 USA Today/NFCA Poll as follows: 1. UCLA (25), 2. Arizona (2), 5. Arizona State, 6. California, 7. Stanford 8. Washington 16. Oregon State.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 6-10 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 249-224-3 and a 57-131 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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