No. 20 Softball Hits The Road For San Diego

March 20, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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No. 20 SOFTBALL TAKES TIME OFF FOR FINALS BEFORE TRAVELING TO SAN DIEGO; BEAVERS WILL PLAY NINE GAMES IN EIGHT DAYS DURING ROAD SWING

Sunday, March 23
No. 20 OSU at San Diego - 12 p.m. PST, San Diego, CA
(double-header)

Monday, March 24
No. 20 OSU at UC Riverside - 1 p.m. PST, Riverside, CA
(double-header)

Wednesday, March 26
No. 20 OSU at San Diego State - 2 p.m. PST, San Diego, CA
(double-header)

ROAD TRIP: Oregon State will hit the road to play nine games in a span of eight days during the last week of March. The Beavers will play six games against San Diego area schools before returning to Pac-10 play with a game at Arizona and two games at Arizona State. After a two-day stop in Corvallis, OSU will continue its roadtrip with five games in a span of four days in the Bay Area. All told the Beavers will play their next 14 games over a two-week span on the road.

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO: University of San Diego enters the week with a 2-18 record on the season. The Toreros will play a double-header against Point Loma on Thursday (Mar. 20) before meeting Oregon State on Sunday. Sara Mason leads the team with a .314 batting average and four doubles. Four different pitchers have seen action for the Toreros with Gina McFarland's 2.61 ERA in 41.1 innings of work leading the way. USD has been outscored 93-28 on the year.

OSU AND SAN DIEGO SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with University of San Diego by a margin of 5-1, including a 3-1 advantage with Kirk Walker at the helm. The Beavers and Toreros last faced each other on Feb. 10, 2002 at the CS Northridge Tournament. OSU recorded an 8-0, five-inning victory with Brynnen Guthrie, Kelly Petersen and Michelle Notaro each recording two hits in the contest.

SCOUTING UC RIVERSIDE:Riverside enters Monday's double-header against Oregon State with a 5-17 record. Freshman Jessica Black leads the team with a .321 batting average and seven RBI. The Highlanders have four pitchers on staff with Janell Jackson's 4.90 ERA leading the squad. UCR has been outscored 144-47 on the season.

OSU AND UC RIVERSIDE SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with UC Riverside, 1-0. The Beavers and Highlanders met earlier this season on Feb. 15 at the UNLV Tournament, where OSU picked up the 6-1 victory. Seniors Shelly Prochaska and Steph Adams each tallied two hits, and homered in the contest. Freshman hurler Amy Klever allowed just five Highlander hits in the complete game victory.

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE: San Diego State University currently holds a 20-11 record and will face Stanford and Fresno State prior to a double-header with Oregon State on Wednesday (Mar. 26). Three Aztec players are batting above .300 on the season. Jacque Vaca leads the squad with a .360 clip and 17 RBI while Joann Figueroa is hitting .359. Bre Desanta's 0.55 ERA and 102 strikeouts lead the team. Desanta has tallied a 9-3 record on the season and seven shutouts. SDSU has outscored its opponents by a 106-64 margin.

OSU AND SAN DIEGO STATE SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State holds a slim 8-7 all-time series advantage against San Diego State. The Beavers hold a 3-4 record against the Aztecs with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU and SDSU last faced each other on Mar. 1, 2002 at the CSUF Worth Tournament. San Diego State picked up a 1-0 victory in the nine-inning contest after scoring an unearned run to end the game. SDSU managed just three hits in the game but the Beavers tallied only two (Brynnen Guthrie and Cara Maxey).

A LOOK BACK AT No. 22 OREGON: University of Oregon spoiled Oregon State's home-opener last Saturday when the Ducks knocked off the Beavers, 10-2, in the OSU Softball Complex. The game was also the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both squads. The Beavers suffered their first Civil War loss since 1999 as the Ducks pounded 13 hits in the contest. Senior Shelly Prochaska and freshman Lisa Allen both went 2-for-3 on the day but OSU managed just six hits in the game. All three Beaver pitchers saw action in the circle with Monica Hoffman suffering the loss after allowing three runs and five hits in five innings of work. Freshman Amy Harris picked up the victory for Oregon and Erin Goodell belted a pair of home runs in the contest.

NOT A GREAT NUMBER: Oregon State's 10 runs allowed against University of Oregon on Mar. 15, were the most runs scored against the Beavers this season. The eight-run Civil War loss was also the worst for the Oregon State on the year.

THEN AND NOW: After 29 games this season, Oregon State boasts a 19-10 overall record. At the same point of the season in 2002, the Beavers boasted a 22-7 overall record. OSU currently has three players batting above .300 (Shelly Prochaska, Brynnen Guthrie, Lisa Allen) - last season at this point the Beavers had four players hit plus .300. OSU's pitching staff currently holds a 2.09 ERA compared to its opponents' 3.91 ERA - last season the Beavers held a 1.45 ERA compared to their opponents' 3.16 mark.

DOUBLE-TAKE: Oregon State has hit 34 doubles on the season with nine 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. Freshman Vanessa Iapala has tallied six doubles on the year with Clare Burnum adding five, to bring her career total to 34 - just five doubles off the Oregon State record.

LOOKING LONG: Through the first 29 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.

P - POWER: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska leads the Beavers with a .415 (22-of-53) batting average with runners on base and a .436 (17-of-39) batting average with runners in scoring position. Sophomore shortstop Kelly Petersen has advanced runners a team-leading 15 times when there is at least one out.

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 sixth in the Pac-10 with a .405 batting average and posts a team-best 29 RBI...Senior Brynnen Guthrie leads the team in runs scored with 22 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 third in the Pac-10...Junior Monica Hoffman's 90 strikeouts rank eighth in the Pac-10 - she averages a team-best 5.38 K's per game...Monica Hoffman leads the Beavers with a 1.85 ERA...As a team, the Beavers have hit at least one double in five 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 86 and Brynnen Guthrie ranks third with 66...Freshman Lisa Allen currently boasts a five-game hitting streak...Brynnen Guthrie has 10 multiple hit games on the season, including seven three-hit performances...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 5-6 record against teams ranked in the Top 25.

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: .270-.225
- Runs scored: 118-72
- Hits: 205-167
- RBI: 113-64
- Total bases: 323-225
- Home runs: 24-13
- Stolen bases: 37-8
- On base percentage: .345-.307
- Earned run average: 2.09-3.91

STINGY DEFENSE: Through 29 games the Beavers are holding their opponents to just 2.5 runs per game while scoring 4.1 runs per outing. OSU leads the Pac-10 in assists (303), and is tied for the conference lead in runners caught attempting to steal (10).

PROCHASKA POWER: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska currently leads the team in batting with a .405 average. She also ranks first on the squad in home runs (5), RBI (29), slugging percentage (.631), hits (34), and on base percentage (.469). The senior catcher has posted 10 multiple hit games and a team-leading six multiple RBI outings. Prochaska's 101 career RBI rank second in the OSU record book. 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.

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 (93), runs scored (22), hits (34), doubles (7), and multiple hit games (10). Guthrie's .366 batting average ranks second on the squad and her .527 slugging percentage ranks third.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Junior pitcher Monica Hoffman boasts a 13-6 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 eighth in the Pac-10 and put her in third place on the OSU career strikeout list with 387. She currently ranks fifth 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 1.85 ERA in 117 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 16-for-47 effort from the plate for a .340 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 .241 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 .247 in 29 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 (18), 2. Arizona (2), 3. Washington, 6. California, 12. Stanford, 13. Arizona State, 19. Oregon 20. Oregon State.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 5-6 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 274-243-3 and a 59-139 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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