No. 2 Seeded Softball Faces Wisconsin In NCAA Action Thursday

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May 15, 2002

IOWA CITY, Iowa -

No. 15 SOFTBALL MAKES FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TRIP TO NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT; No. 2 SEEDED BEAVERS FACE No. 5 SEED WISCONSIN ON THURSDAY IN IOWA CITY

Thursday, May 16, 2002
No. 1 Nebraska vs No. 6 Illinois-Chicago - 9:30 a.m. PDT, Iowa City
No. 2 Oregon State vs No. 5 Wisconsin - 12 p.m. PDT, Iowa City
No. 3 Notre Dame vs No. 4 Iowa - 2:30 p.m. PDT, Iowa City
(All OSU games will be broadcast on the Internet at www.osubeavers.com)

Tournament is double elimination and runs through Sunday, May 19

BEAVERS IN NCAA REGIONAL ACTION: Oregon State is making its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament and is looking to advance to the College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK, for the first time in school history. OSU has a 7-6 all-time Regional Tournament record. The Beavers reached the tournament championship game in their first trip to Regionals (1999) dropping a 4-0 game to Southern Mississippi. OSU reached the championship the following year as well (2000), before losing a 3-2 heart-breaker to eventual World Series Champion Oklahoma. Last season the No. 3 seeded Beavers finished with a 1-2 Regional record.

SCOUTING WISCONSIN: University of Wisconsin is making its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament. The Badgers, who added softball as an intercollegiate sport just seven years ago, boast a 31-20 overall record. Junior pitcher Andrea Kirchberg leads the squad with a 1.38 ERA and 20-15 record. Kirchberg has thrown 233.0 innings and tallied 290 strikeouts. Offensively the squad is led by junior Meghann Reiss' .292 batting average, while Mandy Liles is hitting .291. As a team, the Badgers are batting .235 while holding their opponents to a .208 mark.

BEAVERS AGAINST THE FIELD: Here is a quick breakdown of Oregon State's all-time record against the tournament field:
- Oregon State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 2-0, picking up preseason tournament victories against the Badgers during 1999 and 2000.
- Oregon State has a 2-5 all-time record against Nebraska and a 1-4 mark against the Cornhuskers with Kirk Walker at the helm. The Beavers and then No. 12 Huskers faced each other earlier this season at the UNLV Tournament with Nebraska garnering a 3-1 victory. The Beavers out-hit Nebraska 4-3 but committed but the Cornhuskers used timely hitting to secure the win.
- Oregon State has a perfect 2-0 all-time record against Notre Dame. The Beavers shutout the then ranked No. 19 Fighting Irish, 4-0, earlier this season at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Beavers scored all four of their runs in the second inning, taking advantage of three hits and a Notre Dame error. Beaver hurler Crystal Draper allowed just four hits while striking out 10 en route to the complete game victory.
- Oregon State has an 0-1 all-time record with University of Iowa and the Beavers have never faced the Hawkeyes with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU and Iowa last met on March 23, 1989 in the Libby Matson Invitational at Lodi, CA. Iowa recorded a 3-2 victory.
- Oregon State has a 2-0 all-time record against University of Illinois-Chicago. The Beavers last faced UIC during the 2000 campaign at the Troy Cox Classic hosted by New Mexico State. OSU recorded a 13-1 victory in five innings.

LIVE BROADCAST: Oregon State will broadcast all of its NCAA Regional Tournament games over the Internet on their athletic website - www.osubeavers.com. Jon Warren, the voice of OSU women's basketball, will call the play-by-play for all of the games.

THE LIST: Oregon State has knocked off eight nationally ranked opponents on the season, the list includes:
- No. 13 Alabama (Feb. 16)
- No. 19 Notre Dame (Feb. 22)
- No. 6 Washington (Feb. 24)
- No. 12 Pacific (Mar. 1)
- No. 6 California (Apr. 5)
- No. 6 Arizona State (Apr. 13)
- No. 5 Arizona State (Apr. 26)
- No. 6 Washington (May 3)

BREAK THE STREAK: No. 15 ranked Oregon State enters Thursday's first round Regional Tournament game against Wisconsin on a five-game losing streak. The skid is the longest for the Beavers this season and all five losses have come at the hands of teams ranked in the top-8 nationally. Wisconsin is also looking to break a two-game slide after dropping a pair of games at the Big Ten Championships.

FRIENDLY FACES: Sophomore pitcher Monica Hoffman and the Beavers should have a fanclub in the stands during Regional Tournament action - Hoffman's grandparents live in Iowa.

PAC-10 POSTSEASON: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads reached the 2002 NCAA Regional Tournament. UCLA, Arizona and Washington all garnered No. 1 seeds, while Oregon State, Arizona State and Stanford were each seeded No. 2. California was named a No. 3 seed. As a conference, the Pac-10 has won 14 of the 19 College World Series Championships.

DID YOU KNOW: Last season Iowa City was the lone NCAA Regional site to not have a Pac-10 school compete at its complex. This season the Pac-10 has sent schools to six different regions, excluding Region 8 in Tallahassee, FL, and Region 5 in Norman, OK.

PAC-10 WRAP-UP: Oregon State finished the 2002 conference campaign with a 7-14 Pac-10 record, ranking in a tie for sixth place. The Beavers were swept in the Bay Area by No. 5 California, 6-1 and 10-7, to finish the regular season last Saturday and lost a 2-1 decision to No. 8 Stanford last Friday. Ten of the 18 runs scored against the Beavers last week were unearned.

ALL-PACIFIC-10 HONORS: Oregon State had three players gain recognition by the Pacific-10 Conference on Monday. Junior third baseman Clare Burnum garnered Second Team All-Pac-10 honors after earning honorable mention accolades last season for the Beavers. Junior second baseman Brynnen Guthrie received the second Pac-10 honorable mention selection of her career and sophomore pitcher Monica Hoffman earned her first Pac-10 honors by being named an honorable mention pick.

WHO TO WATCH: Oregon State junior Shelly Prochaska came up big for the Beavers from the plate against the Bay Area schools last week. Prochaska finished the three games with a .444 batting average on four hits in nine at bats. Her .556 slugging percentage and double led the squad.

GETTING HER GROOVE BACK: Oregon State senior first baseman Jenni Jodoin has tallied nine hits over the last 12 games. Jodoin, who joined the Beavers midseason after playing on the Beaver basketball squad, is currently hitting .187 in 48 games. In her career she ranks in the top-10 in six OSU career batting categories. Defensively she has been a part of 14 double plays on the season.

STILL LOOKING FOR FORTY: Oregon State enters the week with a 38-23 overall record, needing just two more victories to reach 40 wins for the fourth consecutive season.

STRIKING OUT THE COMPETITION: Senior pitcher Crystal Draper's 201 strikeouts this season currently rank in third place in the OSU single-season record book. Surpassing the 200 strikeout mark has happened just two other times in school history - now twice by Draper, who had 217 K's as a freshman. The OSU single-season record is 245 strikeouts, set by Lori Davis in 1980. The all-time career strikeout leader at OSU, Draper needs to fan just eight more batters to reach a career total of 800.

READY FOR REGIONALS: Senior first baseman Jenni Jodoin leads all returning OSU players with a .276 batting average in Regional Tournament games. Jodoin, a member of the 1999 and 2000 Beaver NCAA squads, has eight hits in 29 at bats during 10 Regional Tournament contests. The North Eugene grad is the only Beaver player with two postseason home runs and her six RBI tie Traci Feldt and student assistant coach Shawna Feldt for the most on the squad. Jodoin's six runs scored in postseason play are also the most of any returning player.

LOOKING FOR 2, BUT JUST 1: With a double against No. 6 Washington on May 3, junior third baseman Clare Burnum matched the OSU single-season record with 17 on the year. Burnum needs just one more two-baser to surpass Jodi Chmielewski (1999) and move into sole possession of first place. Burnum started the season hot, belting seven doubles in the first five games.

RECORD WATCH: Oregon State has turned 21 double plays on the season, the second highest total in the Pac-10. The Beavers turned-two 12 times in 21 conference games. The OSU record for double plays in a single season is 24, set during the 1984 campaign.

KING KEEPS IT CLEAN: Junior outfielder Jessica King finished the regular season as one of just five players in the Pac-10 to have a perfect fielding percentage. On the season, King has tallied 35 putouts and four assists without an error. Senior first baseman Jenni Jodoin ranks 10th in the conference with a .994 fielding percentage. Jodoin has made a team-high 315 putouts with 18 assists.

LONG TALK: Four current Beaver players rank in the Oregon State record book for career home runs. Junior Steph Adams ranks in second place with 17 long balls, while senior Jenni Jodoin is in third with 14 home runs. Shelly Prochaska's seven homers rank in a tie for fifth while Cara Maxey's five are tied for ninth place.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum leads the Beavers in doubles with 17 on the year - tied for the highest single season total at Oregon State. Burnum has moved into third place in the OSU record book with 29 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 (29), senior first baseman Jenni Jodoin (27), junior catcher/dp Shelly Prochaska (27), and junior outfielder Steph Adams (25), are third-through sixth. Junior Brynnen Guthrie has moved into a tie for ninth place with 18 doubles in her career.

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 .335 (61-for-182) batting average, 61 hits, four home runs and 25 RBI. The Roseburg High grad earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades for the second time in her career for her efforts on the season. Guthrie's 61 hits rank in eighth place in the OSU single-season record book and her four home runs rank in a tie for ninth place. Guthrie's .340 (17-for-50) batting average during Pac-10 play led all Beaver players and ranked in eighth place overall in the conference.

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 .263 batting average, including four doubles and her first career triple. Her seventh inning RBI single to the left-center field gap last on May 3 knocked in the winning run as Oregon State upset No. 6 Washington, 2-1. The Gresham High grad has 30 hits on the year, nine more than she had in her first two seasons combined at OSU. King finished the regular season ranked second on the squad in batting average during Pac-10 games with a .267 mark (12-for-45). On the year, she has seen action in 56 games, making 42 starts, including 10-straight.

BURNUM BITS: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum leads the Beavers in runs (31), doubles (17), triples (2), stolen bases (10), walks (25), slugging percentage (.481), and on base percentage (.399). Her .317 (58-for-183) batting average ranks second on the squad. For her efforts on the season, Burnum earned second team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors. One of the Beavers' most consistent hitters on the season, Burnum has a team-best 17 multiple hit games and her 17 doubles are tied for second in the Pac-10. The Canby, Ore., native is the lone OSU player to start all 61 contests this season.

DRAPER DOMINANCE: Senior pitcher Crystal Draper ranks as the Oregon State career leader for strikeouts with 792. Draper has struckout 201 batters this season, ranking fourth in the Pac-10. Her eight complete games on the year have moved her into third place in the OSU record book with 71 complete games in her career, while her 73 victories are second only to All-American Tarrah Beyster (91). On the season, Draper has a 13-8 record with a 1.85 ERA and five double-figure strikeout games. Draper's 38 appearances are the most of any OSU pitcher this season and her 14 games in relief rank fifth in the Pac-10.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore hurler Monica Hoffman leads the Beavers with a 1.34 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, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick, ranks second on the squad with 135 strikeouts and leads the team by allowing opposing batters to hit just .166 when she's in the circle. Her 15 games finished in relief rank third in the Pac-10.

HUNTER HYPE: Junior pitcher Kristen Hunter, an All-American at Fresno State, has a 12-7 record in the circle for the Beavers. Hunter brings a 2.41 ERA into the week after 31 appearances. Hunter was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 25-31 after going 2-0 with a save, in three appearances on the mound for the Beavers. She has forced batters to groundout 196 times on the year compared to just 59 outs in the air.

FRESHMEN FIGURES: Four freshmen have seen action this year for the Beavers. Kelly Petersen has started all 60 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 .212 with four doubles,18 RBI and a team-high 11 sacrifices. Her 10-game hitting streak earlier this year matches the longest for the Beavers during the season. Alana Mendoza has started 43 of 56 games at left field, second base and designated player. Mendoza is batting .244 with seven multiple-hit games. Miranda Dellinger has seen limited action at the plate (2-for-7), but has appeared in 36 games, scoring 11 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 445-104 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Senior hurler Crystal Draper leads the way with a 201-34 ratio. Junior Kristen Hunter boasts a 106-21 strikeout-to-walk ratio while sophomore Monica Hoffman has a 135-44 mark.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Despite a rigorous Pac-10 schedule, Oregon State continues to maintain an advantage over its opponents in several categories:
- Team batting average: .255-.201
- Runs scored: 170-148
- Hits: 395-305
- RBI: 147-133
- Total bases: 509-454
- Walks: 134-104
- On base percentage: .320-.259
- Earned run average: 1.81-2.20
- Strikeouts (pitching): 445-260

MAKING THE START: Junior Clare Burnum is the only Oregon State player to start all 61 games this year. Burnum had started 60 straight games at third base before moving over to second base for the regular season finale against No. 5 California.

PAC-10 POWER: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads are ranked in the Final Regular Season USA Today/NFCA Poll as follows: 1. UCLA (23), 2. Arizona, 4. Arizona State, 5. California, 6. Washington 8. Stanford 15. Oregon State.

FACING THE BEST: Oregon State finished the regular season with an 8-17 record 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.

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 ended year No. 2 with a 10-6 record in Corvallis, including a 3-6 mark against teams ranked in the Top-25. Seven of Oregon State's eight all-time losses have come against teams ranked in the Top-15.

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 253-231-3 and a 59-138 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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