No. 17 Softball Travels To CSUF Worth Tournament

Feb. 26, 2003

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NO. 17 SOFTBALL TAKES 13-5 RECORD TO FULLERTON, CA FOR THE CSUF WORTH TOURNAMENT

CSUF WORTH TOURNAMENT - FULLERTON, CA
Friday, Feb. 28: No. 17 OSU vs. No. 20 Ohio State - 10 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 28; No. 17 OSU vs. Northwestern - 12 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 1: No. 17 OSU vs. Purdue - 2 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 1: No. 17 OSU vs. No. 24 Minnesota - 6 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 2: No. 17 OSU vs. No. 7 CS Fullerton - 12 p.m.
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CSUF WORTH TOURNAMENT: The Beavers will visit Fullerton, CA for their second consecutive appearance at the CSUF Worth Tournament. OSU posted a 3-3 record at the tourney in 2002. The Beavers topped Pacific (5-4), Oklahoma State (2-0) and San Jose State (5-0). OSU dropped contests with San Diego State (1-0), Minnesota (2-1) and host Fullerton (6-3).

TOURNEY FIELD: Oregon State is one of five schools in the tournament field ranked in the top 25. Tourney host No. 7 CS Fullerton, No. 4 California, No. 5 Washington and No. 20 Pacific head the list of contenders.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has a combined all-time record of 16-14 against its five scheduled opponents in the CSUF Tournament.

SCOUTING NO. 20 OHIO STATE: No. 20 Ohio State enters tournament action with a 5-4 record and is coming off of a 4-3 victory over Villanova. Karisa Evens paces the Buckeyes with a .423 batting average and leads the team in hits with 15. Jennifer Link adds a .355 batting average with 11 hits and four RBI. Kristi Devries and Katie Chain have done the majority of the work from the circle. Devries boasts a 4-1 record with 27 strikeouts and a 1.43 ERA in 29.1 innings pitched, while Chain boasts a 1.81 ERA with 32 K's in 27 innings.

OSU AND OHIO STATE SERIES NOTES: In a battle of OSU's, Oregon State and Ohio State last faced each other on Feb. 9, 2002, with the Beavers recording a 7-6 victory at the Cal State Northridge Tournament. Traci Feldt posted a pair of seventh inning RBI to lift the squad to victory, while Beaver hurler Crystal Draper had nine strikeouts. Shelly Prochaska also pounded two hits in the contest. The Beavers hold a 4-0 all-time advantage over the Buckeyes, with all four victories coming under the direction of head coach Kirk Walker.

SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN: The Northwestern Wildcats have accumulated a 5-3 record heading into the week and are coming off of a 5-3 victory over Florida International. Brett Nakabayashi has been the most consistent Wildcat hitter thus far, recording a .483 batting average, 14 hits and two RBI. Carri Leto also has solid numbers from the plate, boasting a .423 batting average with five RBI. Courtney Foster and Lauren Schwendima have each logged 21 innings from the mound. Foster has a 2-2 record with 25 strikeouts and a 1.33 ERA, while Schwendima is 2-1 with 25 strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA.

OSU AND NORTHWESTERN SERIES NOTES: Oregon State holds a 6-4 all-time advantage over Northwestern. Head coach Kirk Walker holds a 6-2 record against the Wildcats in his tenure at OSU.

SCOUTING PURDUE: Purdue enters the week with a 4-5 record. Andrea Hill leads the squad in batting with a .450 average and four RBI. Tricia Lilley boasts a .370 average with 10 RBI, three home runs and two doubles. The Boilermakers have five players batting above .300 in at least 20 at bats. Leighann Burke and Diana LaRiva have recorded 24 and 25 innings, respectively. Burke has a 3-3 record with 13 strikeouts and a 2.59 ERA, while LaRiva has compiled a 1-2 mark with 22 K's and a 2.49 ERA. The Boilermakers have outscored their opponents 49-29 on the season.

OSU AND PURDUE SERIES NOTES: Saturday's meeting between Oregon State and Purdue will be the first for both squads.

SCOUTING No. 24 MINNESOTA: No. 24 Minnesota has compiled a 8-1-1 record this season and is coming off a 5-5 tie with No. 5 Washington. The Gophers rattled off seven straight wins to start the season before falling 6-0 to No. 2 Arizona on Feb. 15. Minnesota has outscored its opponents 47-17 on the season behind consistent efforts from Jordanne Nygren and Stephanie Sward at the plate. Nygren has produced 10 hits, two home runs and 10 RBI to complement her .333 batting average. Sward also features a .333 batting average, to go along with nine hits and two stolen bases. Angie Recknor has produced a 0.91 ERA, two shutouts and 28 strikeouts en route to her perfect 5-0 record from the mound. Piper Marten has compiled a 3-1 record with 39 strikeouts and 1.48 ERA in 33 innings of work.

OSU AND MINNESOTA SERIES NOTES: Oregon State and Minnesota last met on Mar. 2 2002, in the CSUF Worth Tournament with the game resulting in a 2-1 victory for the Gophers. In a game dominated by defense, Michelle Notaro and Alana Mendoiza were the only Beavers to record a hit and Minnesota scored both of its runs in the third inning. OSU is 3-4 all-time against Minnesota and 2-1 under head coach Kirk Walker.

SCOUTING NO. 7 CAL STATE FULLERTON: Host CS Fullerton has compiled a 12-5 record entering the week. Jenny Topping leads the Titans with a .432 batting average, while Jodi Cox has a .351 clip from the plate. Cox also boasts a 3-4 record in the circle with 61 strikeouts and a 1.77 ERA. Amanda Hockett has a .333 batting average with 14 RBI, and is the only other player to hit above .244 for the Titans. Gina Oaks has produced a 9-1 record in the circle for the Titans, boasting a 1.39 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65 innings of work.

OSU AND CS FULLERTON SERIES NOTES: Oregon State last faced CS Fullerton in the 2002 Worth Tournament on Mar. 3. The Titans recorded a 6-3 victory in the nine-inning contest. Shelly Prochaska blasted a home run and Alana Mendoza and Jessica King each recorded a hit, but the Titans came away with the victory after posting three runs in the sixth. The Beavers are 3-6 all-time versus the Titans and 3-1 during head coach Kirk Walker's tenure.

A LOOK BACK AT NO. 25 MASSACHUSETTS: Oregon State opened the NFCA Lead-Off Classic with a 7-1 loss to Massachusetts on Feb. 22. The Beavers scored their lone run in the first inning when Kelly Petersen belted a double and was later brought home on a fielders choice. Petersen finished the day with a pair of doubles and was one of only two Beavers to record an extra-base hit. Senior Steph Adams pounded a double in the fourth frame. Monica Hoffman picked up the loss in the circle, bringing her season record to 9-4.

A LOOK BACK AT No. 11 FLORIDA STATE: Oregon State beat its first ranked opponent of the season when the Beavers topped No. 11 Florida State, 2-0, on Feb. 23. The Beavers got on the board in the first inning when Shelly Prochaska hit a two-out single that scored Clare Burnum. Prochaska scored an insurance run in the fourth inning behind a single up the middle by Steph Adams. Junior ace Monica Hoffman picked up her 10th win of the season, recording five K's en route to the complete game victory.

A LOOK BACK AT NO. 20 PACIFIC: Oregon State closed out the NFCA Classic with a 4-2 victory against No. 20 Pacific on Feb. 23. Third baseman Clare Burnum had a big day for the Beavers, going 3-for-4 at the plate and tallying a double. Shelly Prochaska went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Defensively, Prochaska threw out a pair of runners attempting to steal. OSU got on the board in the second inning when freshman Adrienne Alo came through with a two-out 2-RBI single. The Tigers responded by tying the game at 2-2 in the fourth, but the Beavers rallied in the sixth with Alo scoring what proved to be the game-winner when Kelly Petersen reached base on a fielder's choice. Monica Hoffman improved to 11-4 on the season allowing just two hits en route to her second consecutive complete game victory.

TOURNEY TALK: Oregon State finished the soggy NFCA Lead-Off Classic with a 2-1 record, including a pair of wins against ranked teams. Senior Shelly Prochaska led the team in batting, racking up three hits, one run scored and a RBI en route to a .429 average. Clare Burnum went 3-4 with a double in the Beavers' 4-2 win over Pacific and finished the weekend with four hits and a .400 average. Steph Adams and Kelly Petersen each recorded two hits and an RBI. Petersen also smacked two doubles, while Adams added one. Freshman Adrienne Alo compiled three RBI, bringing her season total to 10. Monica Hoffman picked up both victories in the circle, improving her record to 11-4 on the season. Hoffman struckout 16 batters while allowing just 12 hits in 19 innings of work.

SUPER START: Oregon State opened the 2003 season with its hottest start in school history, rattling off eight consecutive wins before falling at the hands of Wisconsin (3-1) on Feb. 9 at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament. The previous best start in school history was held by the 1998 squad, who reeled off six straight wins before falling to UC Santa Barbara, 8-6, on Feb. 14 in the Hawaii Tournament.

SCORING RUNDOWN: Through 18 games of action, Oregon State has outscored its opponents by an 82-39 margin. The Beavers are averaging 4.5 runs per game and have scored five or more runs in eight of their 18contests on the year. OSU has won six games by five runs or more.

INNING-BY-INNING: Oregon State has outscored its opponents in all seven innings this season. The Beavers hold a commanding 10-2 scoring edge in the fifth frame and a 6-1 margin in the seventh.

HOMER HAPPY: Through the first 18 games of 2003, Oregon State has smashed 19 home runs - the Beavers totaled 17 home runs after 65 games played in 2002. Seven different Beavers have gone deep on the season with senior Cara Maxey and Shelly Prochaska's four homers leading the squad. Maxey belted a pair of home runs and tallied six RBI against Iowa State on Feb. 7, making her just the second player in OSU history to hit two home runs in a single game. Prochaska joined Maxey in the record book when she belted a pair of home runs just two games later against UNLV on Feb. 8. Freshman Adrienne Alo has three home runs this season, while Steph Adams and Clare Burnum each have recorded two. Kelly Petersen, Brynnen Guthrie, Vanessa Iapala and Lisa Allen have all posted one home run so far this season. As a team, Oregon State has belted at least one home run in 10 different games.

FAST FACT: Oregon State's three games at the NFCA Classic marked the first time this season the Beavers had gone three games without hitting at least one home run.

LOOKING LONG: Oregon State has tallied at least two home runs in five of its first 15 games of the season. The Beavers pounded four home runs in a 9-2 victory against UNLV on Feb. 8.

FIREPOWER: OSU has at times produced a plethora of offense, averaging 12.1 total bases per game en route to creating a 219 to 123 advantage over their opponents. OSU compiled 522 total bases last season and is on pace to shatter that mark if they continue to hit a 12.1 average. The Beavers also hold a distinct advantage in the hits column, tallying 134 compared to their opponents' 91.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Oregon State boasts 10 players that have scored at least four runs on the season. Catcher Shelly Prochaska leads the team in batting with .404 average and posts a team-best 16 RBI. Fellow senior Brynnen Guthrie leads the team in runs scored with 13, while Prochaska has crossed the plate 10 times, good enough for second.

I'LL TAKE THAT: Senior Cara Maxey is a perfect 8-for-8 on stolen bases this season. Eight different Oregon State players have tallied at least one steal on the year and as a team, the Beavers are 25-for-34 on stolen base attempts. OSU tallied 41 steals in 59 attempts after 65 games in 2002.

MOVING ON UP: Oregon State's softball program moved up one spot in the Feb. 26 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll to enter the weekend with a No. 17 ranking. All eight Pacific-10 Conference teams appear in the poll with UCLA and Arizona remaining the top two spots, respectively. Washington has moved to No. 4 while California slipped to spots to No. 6. Arizona State jumped to No. 10 while Stanford falls at No. 11. Oregon State holds down No. 17 in the poll while Oregon moved up to No. 23.

PROCHASKA POWER: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska went a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with two home runs and four RBI against UNLV on Feb. 8. Prochaska is one of just five Oregon State players to finish a game a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate - a feat she has accomplished a school record three times in her career. She is currently tied for the team-lead in multiple hit games with six. Prochaska leads the team in batting with a .404 average and leads the team in RBI with 16. Prochaska has gone 10-for-22 (.455) at the plate with runners in scoring position and is second on the team in advancing runners, having done so 20 times in 36 chances (.556).

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Junior hurler Monica Hoffman has led the Beavers to 11 of their 13 victories on the season. Hoffman's 76 strikeouts have moved her into third place on the OSU career strikeout list with 373. She also ranks sixth on the all-time list with 38 career victories and is fifth in career shutouts with 16. Hoffman currently boasts a 1.83 ERA and is just three victories shy of her win total in 2002. Hoffman has been deadly with runners on base, allowing the opponent just 27 hits in 155 at bats (.174).

GUTHRIE GAB: Senior Brynnen Guthrie has been the most consistent contributor for the Beavers from the plate on the season, leading the team in multiple statistical categories. Guthrie is currently first in at bats (57), runs scored (13), hits (22), and doubles (5). The second baseman has also advanced runners a team-best 13 times in 31 at bats (.419). Guthrie has posted six multiple hit outings and has tallied three hits in team-leading five different games.

MORE FROM THE CIRCLE: Freshman pitcher Amy Klever recorded the first victory in her career with a 9-2 win against UNLV on Feb. 8. Klever had six strikeouts in five innings of work against the Rebels. Her second win came in the form of a 6-1 complete game victory over UC Riverside, in which Klever allowed five hits in seven innings of work. Klever leads the Beavers with a 1.68 ERA and has 19 K's in 25.0 innings pitched. The Rex Putnam High grad earned her first save in three innings of relief against Cal Poly on Feb. 16.

FAB FROSH: Freshmen Vanessa Iapala, Adrienne Alo and Lisa Allen have made an immediate impact for the Beavers. Iapala belted a grand slam home run in her first collegiate at bat at the Southern Utah Tournament against BYU on Jan. 31 and currently boasts a .269batting average. The San Diego, CA product is tied for the team lead in doubles with five and ranks second on the team in RBI with 12. Alo is batting .295 in 18 starts on the year. The speedy outfielder is tied for second on the team in home runs with three and third in RBI with 10. Allen is 9-for-23 from the plate for a .348 average and is batting a team-leading .500 (6-for-12) with runners on base. Allen is currently one of just three players hitting above .300.

TOUGH COMPETITION: Oregon State has seen action against five ranked opponents on the season, posting a 2-3 record. The Beavers hold a two-game winning streak against Top 25 teams after downing No. 11 Florida State 2-0 and No. 20 Pacific 4-2 at the NFCA Lead-Off Classic. Currently all eight teams in the Pacific-10 Conference are ranked in the Top 25.

FOUR MORE: Oregon State's softball program has made four consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearances, recorded four straight 40-plus win seasons and has been ranked in the final Top 25 poll four years in a row.

THE NUMBERS BREAKDOWN: Oregon State returns nine players from last season's squad that finished with a 40-25 overall record and made its fourth consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearance. Five seniors, who have contributed in three postseason appearances, dot the roster; Steph Adams, Clare Burnum, Brynnen Guthrie, Cara Maxey, and Shelly Prochaska. Seven newcomers join the mix for 2003.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Oregon State will spend its first six weeks of the season at tournaments across the country. The Beavers don't open play in the friendly confines of the OSU Softball Complex until March 15, when they host rival University of Oregon.

BATTLING THE TOP 25: Oregon State played 26 games against teams that were ranked in the Top 25 during the 2002 season and garnered victories in eight contests. Thirty-four percent of OSU's opponents (12-of-35) were nationally ranked a year ago. The Beavers held a Top 25 ranking throughout the season. OSU is currently 2-3 in games against Top 25 squads.

PAC-10 POWER: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads finished the 2002 season ranked in the final May 6 USA Today/NFCA Poll, a listing follows: 1. California, 2. Arizona , 3. Arizona State, 5. UCLA, 14. Washington 24, Oregon State. For the second consecutive year, the Pac-10 had a pair of teams compete in the Women's College World Series (California and Arizona). California won its first softball national championship in 2002.

PAC-10 COACHES POLL: In a poll voted on by the Pac-10 coaches, Oregon State has been tabbed to finish seventh in the conference. Last year's regular season champion, UCLA, has been picked to finish first.

IN THE DUGOUT: Fifth-year assistant Jenny Condon was promoted to associate head coach during the summer of 2002. Condon helped lead the Beavers to their first NCAA Regional Tournament appearance in 1999. After a one-year stint at UNLV during the 2000 season, Condon rejoined the Beaver staff. Crissy Buck ,a former player for the 1999 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins, joins the Beavers for her first season as assistant coach. A four-year letterwinner, Buck graduated from UCLA in 2002. Traci Feldt is also a new edition to the coaching staff and joins the team as a student assistant coach for the 2003 season. Feldt has called pitches for three Oregon State no-hitters - the most of any Beaver catcher.

THE WORD ON WALKER: Head coach Kirk Walker is in his ninth 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 led the Beavers to four consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearances. The winningest coach in program history, Walker, has an overall coaching record of 268-238-3 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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