No. 16 Softball Wraps Up Home Campaign This Weekend

May 1, 2002

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No. 16 SOFTBALL FACES No. 6 WASHINGTON AND No. 1 UCLA IN FINAL HOME SERIES OF THE SEASON; FIVE BEAVER SENIORS TO BE HONORED ON SUNDAY

Friday, May 3, 2002
No. 6 Washington at No. 16 OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Saturday, May 4, 2002
No. 1 UCLA at No. 16 OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Sunday, May 5, 2002
No. 1 UCLA at No. 16 OSU - 1 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

SCOUTING No. 6 WASHINGTON: No. 6 ranked University of Washington enters Friday's game against Oregon State with a 39-15 overall record and 8-7 Pac-10 record. Junior shortstop Jaime Clark leads the Huskies with a .421 batting average and 61 RBI. Three other UW players are hitting above .300 with freshman Kristen Rivera batting .374 with a team-best 16 home runs. Sophomore Tia Bollinger has seen most of the action in the circle, boasting a 1.11 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 37 appearances. Freshman hurler Ashley Boek has a 16-2 record with a 1.23 ERA. The high-scoring Huskies have outscored their opponents 278-119 on the season.

BEAVERS AND HUSKIES SERIES NUMBERS: Washington has won eight of the last 11 meetings with Oregon State and leads the all-time series, 31-6 but the Beavers are 6-24 with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU has won two of the last five contests, including a 3-0 shutout earlier this season at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Beavers have also won three of the last games played in Corvallis.

WASHINGTON LAST TIME OUT: No. 9 ranked University of Washington maintained its dominance of No. 14 Oregon State in Seattle, sweeping the Beavers, 3-1 and 1-0 on April 20-21. In the first game, 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.

SCOUTING No. 1 UCLA: Top-ranked UCLA enters the week with a 44-6 overall record and 12-3 Pac-10 mark. The Bruins own the longest winning streak in the conference, at 11 games. Senior catcher Stacey Nuveman leads the team with a .554 batting average, 15 home runs and 54 RBI. Nuveman is currently tied for the NCAA all-time career home run mark with 85 long balls and needs just one to move past Leah Braatz and Laura Espinoza of Arizona. Junior shortstop Natasha Watley is also batting over .500, with a .503 clip on 92 hits. Watley also leads the squad with 32 stolen bases. Four other Bruin batters are hitting above .300. Pitcher Keira Goerl leads the squad with a 24-4 record, 230 strikeouts and a 0.55 ERA. Senior Amanda Freed boasts an 18-2 mark with a 0.88 ERA.

BEAVERS AND BRUINS SERIES NUMBERS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 60-5, but the Beavers are 5-27 against the Bruins under head coach Kirk Walker. UCLA has won 10 of the last 11 outings, with its lone loss (3-2), coming on April 20, 2001 in the inaugural game at the OSU Softball Complex.

UCLA LAST TIME OUT: 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 on April 19. The Bruins jumped in front early with three runs in the first inning en route to a 7-0 victory.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 5 ARIZONA STATE: Traci Feldt's one-out single to center field in the top of the seventh inning, plated Brynnen Guthrie giving Oregon State the lead and eventual 2-0 victory against No. 5 Arizona State last Friday. Crystal Draper and Monica Hoffman combined to allow just four ASU hits in the contest. The win was the Beavers' third straight against the Sun Devils in Tempe.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 2 ARIZONA: No. 2 ranked Arizona swept the weekend series with Oregon State, 7-0 and 2-1. The Wildcats used a six-run fifth inning, capped off by a grand slam from pitcher Jennie Finch to pull away from the Beavers in Saturday's contest. OSU was held to just three hits while Finch struckout 12 batters. In Sunday's game the Beavers fell just short in their upset bid as Arizona rallied to score the game-winner in the bottom of the fifth inning. Finch led-off the fourth inning with a solo home run to put UA in front but OSU tied things in the fifth behind Clare Burnum's two-out RBI single. Arizona recorded an un-earned run in the bottom of the inning to secure the victory. Crystal Draper allowed just five Arizona hits while striking out seven and Brynnen Guthrie went 2-for-3 for OSU.

LOOKING BACK AT PORTLAND STATE: Oregon State swept both games of Tuesday's double-header with Portland State, winning both games by a score of 2-0. Beaver pitcher Kristen Hunter matched her season-high with eight strikeouts and threw a no-hitter through 4.1 innings in the first game. The Beavers scored what proved to be the game-winner in the first inning when Shelly Prochaska's two-out double plated senior Michelle Chariton. Freshman Kathryn Neufeld made the start in the circle for OSU in the second game and allowed just two hits in four innings of work. Senior Crystal Draper became the first Beaver pitcher to win 13 games after entering the contest in relief. Oregon State scored both of its runs in the fifth inning, capitalizing on two-out RBIs by Brynnen Guthrie and Shelly Prochaska. Prochaska finished with two doubles on the day.

LONG IS LIKELY: So far this season, all of University of Washington's Pacific-10 Conference games have lasted at least two hours in length. The Beavers have had just four Pac-10 games last two hours - two of which were against the Huskies.

DEUCES WILD: Oregon State's last four victories have been by a score of 2-0.

LUCKY NUMBER 7: Oregon State has a 10-1 record this season in games that the Beavers have had seven hits. OSU has tallied seven hits in four of its last five victories.

STREAKS TO WATCH: Senior Michelle Chariton needs one stolen base to move into a tie for first place in the OSU record book for stolen bases ... Sophomore pitcher Monica Hoffman has pitched 15.1 consecutive inning without allowing an earned run ... Over her last two appearances junior pitcher Kristen Hunter has struckout 15 batters without allowing a walk ... Senior Jenni Jodoin is a current three game hitting streak and has hit safely in five of the last six contests ... Shelly Prochaska has doubled in two straight games ... As a team, OSU has hit at least one double in three consecutive games

FOUR FOR FORTY: Oregon State enters the week with a 37-18 overall record, needing just three more victories to reach 40 wins in four consecutive seasons. The Beavers have six regular season games remaining on the schedule - all against Top-10 teams.

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 9-4 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.

SENIOR SUCCESS: Sunday's game against top-ranked UCLA will mark the final game played in Corvallis by Oregon State seniors, Jenni Jodoin, Michelle Chariton, Michelle Notaro, Traci Feldt and Crystal Draper. With the exception of Jodoin, who was a freshman in 1998 and didn't play during the 2001 season, the senior class is the first in school history to make a soon to be announced, four consecutive trips to the NCAA Regional Tournament. The Beavers have recorded three consecutive 40-win seasons and are just three games shy of 40 this year. Entering the week, the five seniors combine to rank in 29 Oregon State single season record book categories and 15 career categories.

TESTING THE WATER: Freshman pitcher Kathryn Neufeld, the official water taster on road trips, made her second career start in the circle for Oregon State on Monday. Neufeld allowed just two hits in four innings of work against Portland State. She threw 1.2 innings in relief against the Vikings last Tuesday, recording her first career strikeout. In four appearances on the year, Neufeld boasts a 0.78 ERA with three K's.

RECORD WATCH: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum's 16 doubles have moved her into second place in the OSU single-season record book. Burnum needs two more two-basers to surpass Jodi Chmielewski (1999) and move into first place. Dub's daughter's 12 doubles last season rank in a tie for fourth on the single-season charts.

DID YOU KNOW: Shelly Prochaska's four hits against Loyola Marymount on March 7 and Brynnen Guthrie's four hits against Stanford on April 6 match the Oregon State record for hits in a single game. A four-hit outing has occurred just four other times in school history prior to this season - Prochaska is the only Beaver player to accomplish the feat twice.

FILL THEM UP: Senior Traci Feldt is batting a team-best .625 (5-for-8) with the bases loaded. Feldt's eight at bats with the bases full are the most on the squad and her 14 two-out RBI are tied for the team-lead.

WHEN THE PRESSURE'S ON: Junior Clare Burnum leads Oregon State in two-out batting average with a .375 (18-for-48) mark. Brynnen Guthrie is not far behind with a .358 (19-for-53) clip with two away.

MOVE OVER: Junior Shelly Prochaska has the best percentage (.545) on the team in advancing runners. Prochaska has moved a team-high 51 runners in 101 attempts on the season. The Aloha, Ore., native is currently fourth on the squad with a .287 batting average. Her 64 career walks rank third in the OSU record book. Prochaska needs just nine more hits to move into the OSU career top-5 - she currently ranks in seventh place with 146 hits.

TURNING TWO: Oregon State has turned a Pac-10 leading 19 double plays on the season. The Beavers have turned-two 10 times in over 15 conference games. The OSU record for double plays in a single season is 24, set during the 1984 campaign.

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 37 put-outs and three assists without an error while King has made 27 put-outs with 4 assists.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum leads the Beavers in doubles with 16 on the year - the second highest single season total at Oregon State. Burnum has moved into third place in the OSU record book with 28 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; Burnum (28), senior first baseman Jenni Jodoin (27), junior catcher/dp Shelly Prochaska (24), and junior outfielder Steph Adams (24), are third-through sixth.

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.

ON THE BASEPATHS: Junior Clare Burnum leads the Beavers with 10 stolen bases (10-for-13) on the season. Senior Michelle Chariton is second on the squad with six swipes while junior Brynnen Guthrie has five. 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.

GUTHRIE GAB: Junior second baseman Brynnen Guthrie leads the Beavers with a .337 (59-for-175) batting average, 59 hits, four home runs and 24 RBI. The Roseburg High grad's 59 hits and four home runs rank in a tie for ninth place in the OSU single-season record book. Guthrie's .349 (15-for-43) batting average during Pac-10 play leads all players.

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 .276 batting average, including four doubles and her first career triple. The Gresham High grad has 27 hits on the year, six more than she had in her first two seasons combined at OSU. King currently ranks third on the squad in batting average during Pac-10 games with a .310 mark (9-for-29). On the year, she has seen action in 50 games, making 36 starts.

BURNUM BITS: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum leads the Beavers in runs (29), doubles (16), triples (2), stolen bases (10), walks (24), slugging percentage (.512), and on base percentage (.422). Her .335 (55-for-164) batting average ranks second on the squad. The Beavers' most consistent hitter on the season, Burnum has a team-best 17 multiple hit games and her 16 doubles are tied for the most in the Pac-10. The Canby, Ore., native is the lone player to start all 55 contests this season.

DRAPER DOMINANCE: Senior pitcher Crystal Draper ranks as the Oregon State career leader for strikeouts with 768. Draper has struckout 177 batters this season, ranking fourth in the Pac-10. Her seven complete games on the year have moved her into third place in the OSU record book with 70 complete games in her career. Her 73 victories are second only to All-American Tarrah Beyster (91). On the season, Draper leads the Beavers in wins with a 13-5 record and boasts a 1.60 ERA. Draper's 33 appearances are the most of any OSU pitcher this season and her 13 games in relief rank fourth in the Pac-10.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore hurler Monica Hoffman leads the Beavers with a 1.06 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. She has since started a new streak of innings pitched without allowing an earned run and is currently at 15.1 innings. 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 134 strikeouts and leads the team by allowing opposing batters to hit just .149 when she's in the circle. Her 14 games finished in relief rank third in the Pac-10 and her 1.06 ERA ranks fifth.

HUNTER HYPE: Junior pitcher Kristen Hunter, an All-American at Fresno State, boasts a 12-6 record in the circle for the Beavers. Hunter brings a 2.05 ERA into the week after 28 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 183 groundouts on the year compared to just 51 outs in the air.

FRESHMEN FIGURES: Four freshmen have seen action so far this year for the Beavers. Kelly Petersen has started all 54 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 .221 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 41 of 52 games at left field, second base and designated player. Mendoza is batting .246 with seven multiple-hit games. Miranda Dellinger has seen limited action at the plate (2-for-7), but has appeared in 31 games, scoring 10 runs, mostly as a pinch runner. Pitcher Kathryn Neufeld has a 0.78 ERA in nine innings of work and recorded her first career strikeout at Portland State on April 23.

GETTING THE 'K': Oregon State's pitching staff enters the week with an incredible 417-86 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Senior hurler Crystal Draper leads the way with a 177-23 ratio. Junior Kristen Hunter boasts a 103-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio while sophomore Monica Hoffman has a 134-38 mark.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State continues to maintain an advantage over its opponents in several categories:
- Team batting average: .265-.188
- Runs scored: 158-111
- Hits: 372-255
- RBI: 137-98
- Total bases: 480-373
- Walks: 118-86
- On base percentage: .327-.244
- Earned run average: 1.52-2.35
- Strikeouts (pitching): 417-226

MAKING THE START: Junior Clare Burnum is the only Oregon State player to start all 55 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 28 USA Today/NFCA Poll as follows: 1. UCLA (27), 2. Arizona, 4. Arizona State, 5. California, 6. Washington 8. Stanford 16. Oregon State.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 7-12 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 252-226-3 and a 58-133 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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