No. 17 Softball Faces No. 22 Oregon In Home Opener On Saturday.

March 12, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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No. 17 SOFTBALL FACES No. 22 OREGON IN HOME-OPENER ON SATURDAY; BEAVERS OPEN PAC-10 PLAY AFTER SIX STRAIGHT WEEKS AND 28 GAMES ON THE ROAD

Saturday, March 15
No. 22 Oregon at No. 17 OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

HOME OPENER: Oregon State will open its home campaign on Saturday against in-state rival University of Oregon. The Mar. 15 contest marks the earliest opener for the Beavers in Corvallis since a Mar. 9 contest against Linfield College in 1994. Oregon State is 7-1 in home openers under the direction of head coach Kirk Walker.

PAC-10 OPENER: The Civil War presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers marks the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both the Beavers and the Ducks. Oregon State opened the Pac-10 campaign last season with a 2-0 victory against Oregon. OSU boasts a 2-6 all-time record in conference openers with Kirk Walker at the helm.

SCOUTING No. 22 OREGON: No. 22 University of Oregon enters the week with a 16-6 overall record. The Ducks reached the championship game of the National Invitational Softball Tournament last weekend before falling to No. 7 California. Three different Oregon players are batting above .300 with Lynsey Haij's .369 average and 14 runs scored leading the way. Beth Boskovich and Jaclyn Eliades are hitting .333 and .300, respectively. Oregon boasts three pitchers that have a 1.89 ERA or better. Freshman Amy Harris leads the squad with a 1.03 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 68 innings of work. Lindsey Kontra sports a perfect 6-0 record to go along with a 1.75 ERA. The Ducks have tallied just three Pac-10 wins in the last two years.

CIVIL WAR SERIES NUMBERS: Against Oregon - OSU's longest running opponent at 139 games - the Beavers are 67-71-1, and boast a 19-12-1 record under the direction of head coach Kirk Walker. Oregon State owns an 11-game winning streak against the Ducks with Oregon's last victory coming on April 3, 1999. The Beavers have won nine consecutive games in Corvallis against the Ducks, dating back to the 1997 season.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST OREGON: Sophomore pitcher Monica Hoffman became just the second Oregon State hurler to throw three no-hitters during her career and the first to have three in one season as the Beavers topped University of Oregon, 1-0, on April 2, in Eugene. Hoffman struck out seven batters and allowed just one walk in the contest. Senior Jenni Jodoin's RBI-double to center field in the first inning provided the Beavers with the only run they would need.

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: Oregon State opens its second full season of play in the OSU Softball Complex on Saturday against rival University of Oregon. The Beavers boast a 17-8 all-time record in the OSU Softball Complex and hold an 8-7 mark against opponents ranked in the Top 25.

A LOOK BACK AT UMKC: Oregon State was unable to get things going offensively and struggled defensively as University of Missouri-Kansas City recorded a 3-1 victory against the Beavers in last Friday's opening game of the NIST. UMKC took advantage of a pair of OSU errors to score two runs in the second inning and garner an early lead. Oregon State responded with a run in the top of the third when Shelly Prochaska knocked in Brynnen Guthrie, but that was all of the scoring the Beavers would get. Guthrie finished the contest with a 2-for-3 clip from the plate.

A LOOK BACK AT SAN JOSE STATE: Oregon State rebounded with a 7-0 victory against San Jose State in last Friday's nightcap at the NIST. The Beavers opened the contest with five consecutive batters reaching base and Shelly Prochaska connecting on a two-RBI single to right field. Prochaska helped the Beavers add to their lead in the second inning when she blasted a three-run home run over the left-center field fence. Cara Maxey doubled in the contest and scored after Lisa Allen roped a pinch-hit triple down the right field line. Prochaska finished the game 2-for-4 from the plate with five RBI while Brynnen Guthrie went 3-for-4 and Clare Burnum was 2-for-3. Freshman Amy Klever (4-1) earned her first career shutout with a complete game victory.

A LOOK BACK AT No. 10 ARIZONA STATE: Oregon State faced its first Pac-10 opponent of the season in a non-conference tilt last Saturday at the NIST. The hard-fought battle saw the No. 10 Sun Devils come away with a 3-2 eight-inning victory. OSU scored both of its runs on solo homers in the fifth inning by freshman Lisa Allen and senior Steph Adams. ASU responded with two runs of it own in the bottom half of the fifth to knot the score. Arizona State used consecutive singles to load the bases in the eighth inning and scored the winning run on an errant throw to home plate. Seniors Shelly Prochaska and Brynnen Guthrie each went 2-for-4 in the contest.

A LOOK BACK AT GEORGIA TECH: Oregon State bounced back in last Saturday's nightcap at the NIST with a 4-1 victory against Georgia Tech. The Beavers scored two runs in the first inning and added two more runs in the third to take the early advantage. OSU pounded four doubles in the contest, including three in the third inning. Junior hurler Dena DuBois picked up her second victory of the season and Monica Hoffman earned her first save of the year after throwing two innings of relief. Steph Adams finished the contest with a 2-for-3 mark from the plate and two RBI.

A LOOK BACK AT NO. 24 MINNESOTA: Oregon State earned its second victory in a week against No. 24 Minnesota when the Beavers recorded a 3-1 win against the Gophers on Sunday to close out the NIST. OSU scored all three of its runs in the first inning, utilizing three hits. Senior Shelly Prochaska tallied a two-RBI single in the frame and finished the contest going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Clare Burnum and Vanessa Iapala each doubled in the contest. All three Beaver pitchers saw action in the game with Monica Hoffman earning the victory to improve to 13-5 on the season.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Senior Shelly Prochaska earned All-NIST Tournament honors on Sunday after leading the Beavers with a .467 batting average, going 7-for-15 from the plate in OSU's five games. Prochaska also totaled a team-best eight RBI and a .529 on base percentage. The senior catcher picked up her team-leading fifth home run of the year and posted a .667 slugging percentage over the weekend.

TOURNEY TALK: Oregon State finished in fifth place at the National Invitational Softball Tournament with a 3-2 record. Senior Shelly Prochaska earned All-Tournament honors after leading the Beavers with a .467 batting average and eight RBI. Fellow senior Brynnen Guthrie continued her consistent play with a .412 batting average and scored four runs. Freshman Lisa Allen finished with a .308 clip from the plate and hit for the cycle over the weekend. Allen's 10 total bases were tied for the team-best. Freshman hurler Amy Klever posted a team-leading 0.43 ERA in four appearances and earned her first shut out in a complete game victory against San Jose State. Klever recorded 11 strikeouts in 16.1 innings of work.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Oregon State has hit 32 doubles on the season with eight different players getting in on the action. Senior Brynnen Guthrie's seven two-basers lead the squad and move her career total to 25 - seventh-best on OSU's all-time chart. Fellow senior Clare Burnum has come on strong as of late, doubling in two straight contests to bring her season total to five and her career total to 34 - just five doubles off the Oregon State record.

FAST FACT: Nine different Oregon State players have hit a home run on the season, which is tied with Arizona for the most in the Pac-10.

LOOKING LONG: Through the first 28 games of 2003, Oregon State has smashed 24 home runs - the Beavers totaled 17 home runs after 65 games played in 2002. Nine different Beavers have gone deep on the season with senior Shelly Prochaska's five homers leading the squad. Cara 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. Maxey has four home runs on the season, while freshman Adrienne Alo and senior Steph Adams have three each. As a team, Oregon State has belted at least one home run in 14 different games.

RECORD BREAKER: Oregon State's four home runs against UNLV on Feb. 8 at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament broke the school record for home runs in a single game. The previous best mark was three home runs, accomplished in six different contests.

CLUTCH HITTING: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska leads the Beavers with 13 two-out RBI on the season. Prochaska also boasts a team-best .436 (17-of-39) batting average with runners in scoring position.

CENTURY MARK: With her two RBI against No. 24 Minnesota on Sunday, senior catcher Shelly Prochaska has tallied 100 RBI in her career. Prochaska is just the second Beaver player to hit the century mark for RBI, trailing Tarrah Beyster's (1997-00) total of 143.

FACTS AND FIGURES: Oregon State boasts 10 players that have scored at least six runs on the season... Shelly Prochaska leads the team and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with a .395 batting average and posts a team-best 28 RBI...Senior Brynnen Guthrie leads the team in runs scored with 21 and doubles with seven... Cara Maxey is a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen bases - her 10 swipes rank third in the Pac-10...Oregon State's 37 stolen bases on the season rank second in the Pac-10...Brynnen Guthrie's 34 hits rank sixth in the conference...Junior Monica Hoffman's 90 strikeouts rank fifth in the Pac-10 - she averages a team-best 5.62 K's per game... Monica Hoffman leads the Beavers with a 1.75 ERA...As a team, the Beavers have hit at least one double in four straight games...Freshman Vanessa Iapala has been a part of a Pac-10 leading seven double plays...Kelly Petersen leads the Pac-10 in assists with 83...Freshman Lisa Allen currently boasts a four-game hitting streak... Brynnen Guthrie has 10 multiple hit games on the season, including seven three-hit performances...Oregon State is 9-1 when Steph Adams bats fifth in the line-up...Oregon State boasts a 3-0 record in games played at night...The Beavers are 4-0 in games that are shutouts...Oregon State holds a 5-5 record against teams ranked in the Top 25...The Beavers have outscored their opponent in every inning except the 8th (0-1).

ON THE BASEPATHS: Senior Cara Maxey is a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen bases this season, ranking in a tie for third in the Pac-10. Oregon State has 10 different players that have recorded at least one steal on the year, and as a team, the Beavers are 37-for-49 on stolen base attempts. OSU tallied 41 steals in 59 attempts after 65 games in 2002.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has a significant advantage over its opponents in several categories:
- Team batting average: .272-.217
- Runs scored: 116-62
- Hits: 199-154
- RBI: 112-55
- Total bases: 315-202
- Home runs: 24-11
- Stolen bases: 37-7
- On base percentage: .349-.299
- Earned run average: 1.87-4.06

STINGY DEFENSE: Through 28 games the Beavers are holding their opponents to just 2.2 runs per game while scoring 4.1 runs per outing. OSU leads the Pac-10 in assists (289), and is tied for the conference lead in runners caught attempting to steal (10).

GOING PRO: Former Oregon State all-star outfielder Jodi Chmielewski, a four-time All-Pac-10 honoree, has signed a contract to play and coach softball professionally in Holland with the Dutch team Terrasvogels. Chmielewski, who holds four Oregon State career batting records, will play for the Terrasvogels top team and serve as the head coach of the No. 2 squad. Former shortstop and three-time Pac-10 honoree Shawna Feldt will also play professionally in Europe this spring. Feldt is a member of the Haarlem Sparks, the rival team of Terrasvogels. European teams are allowed just one American player during the regular season which runs from March-September.

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. Prochaska currently leads the team in batting with a .395 average. She also ranks first on the squad in home runs (5), RBI (28), slugging percentage (.617), and on base percentage (.463). The senior catcher has posted nine multiple hit games and a team-leading six multiple RBI outings. Prochaska's 100 career RBI rank second in the OSU record book.

GUTHRIE GAB: Senior Brynnen Guthrie continues to hold a hot bat for the Beavers. Guthrie is leading the team in multiple statistical categories on the year; ranking first in at-bats (90), runs scored (21), hits (34), doubles (7), and multiple hit games (10). Guthrie's .378 batting average and .544 slugging percentage rank second on the squad. With no runners on base, Guthrie boasts a team-leading .419 batting average (18-for-43).

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Junior pitcher Monica Hoffman boasts a 13-5 record on the season for the Beavers. Hoffman's 13 victories are just one shy of matching her win total from 2002 (14-9). Hoffman's 90 strikeouts on the year rank fifth in the Pac-10 and put her in third place on the OSU career strikeout list with 387. She currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10 for batters struck out looking with 29. Hoffman ranks sixth on the Oregon State all-time list with 40 career victories and is fifth in career shutouts with 16. On the season she boasts a team-best 1.75 ERA in 112 innings of work.

FAB FROSH: Freshmen Lisa Allen, Vanessa Iapala and Adrienne Alo have made an immediate impact for the Beavers. Allen continues her hot hitting with a 14-for-44 effort from the plate for a .318 batting average. Allen is one of just three Beaver players currently hitting above .300 and is batting a team-leading .500 (4-for-8) as a pinch hitter. 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 .250 batting average. The San Diego, CA product is second on the team in doubles with six and tied for fourth in RBI with 12. Alo is batting .244 in 27 starts on the year. The speedy outfielder is 4-for-6 on the season in stolen bases and tied for fourth on the squad with 12 RBI.

PAC-10 POWER: All eight of the Pacific-10 Conference squads are ranked in the March 11 USA Today/NFCA Poll as follows: 1. UCLA (16), 2. Arizona (4), 5. Washington, 7. California, 11. Stanford, 12. Arizona State, 17. Oregon State 22. Oregon.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 5-5 against opponents ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Poll Top-25. OSU finished the 2002 campaign with an 8-18 record against nationally ranked opponents. Of the Beavers' 65 games in 2002, 34-percent (12-of-35) of their opponents were nationally ranked.

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.

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.

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 274-242-3 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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