Softball Heads To The Bay Area

April 2, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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SOFTBALL LOOKS TO BREAK FIVE-GAME SLIDE IN THE BAY AREA; BEAVERS WILL FACE SANTA CLARA IN NON-CONFERENCE TILTS BEFORE RETURNING TO PAC-10 PLAY

Thursday, April 3
OSU at Santa Clara - 4 p.m. PST, Santa Clara, CA
(Double-header)

Friday, April 4
OSU at No. 7 California - 2 p.m. PST, Berkeley, CA

Saturday, April 5
OSU at No. 13 Stanford - 7 p.m. PST, Palo Alto, CA

Sunday, April 6
OSU at No. 13 Stanford - 1 p.m. PDT, Palo Alto, CA

ROUGH ROAD: Oregon State continues its long stint on the road with five games in four days in the Bay Area this week. The Beavers just returned from a nine-game, 10-day trip in Southern California and Arizona. By the end of the week Oregon State will have played 42 of its first 43 games away from Corvallis.

RANKING REMOVED: Oregon State has dropped from the NFCA/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll for the first time since the preseason poll of January 1999. The Beavers received 26 votes in this week's (April 1) poll, ranking No. 26 in the nation.

SCOUTING SANTA CLARA: Santa Clara University enters the week with an 18-14 overall record, including a 10-3 mark at home. Four Broncos are batting above .300 with Jessica Clee's .323 clip leading the way. Coresta Salas adds a .319 average and team-leading seven doubles. SCU boasts four pitchers that have seen action on the season. Jaime Forman-Lau has seen the bulk of the action in the circle, posting a team-best 1.25 ERA and 12-7 record. The junior right-hander has set the school record with her 153 strikeouts on the season and has amassed only 25 walks.

OSU AND SANTA CLARA SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Santa Clara University by a margin of 12-2, including a perfect 4-0 mark under the direction of Kirk Walker. The Beavers and Broncos last faced each other in a double-header in Santa Clara on Feb. 28, 1998. OSU came away with a 2-0 and 4-2 sweep.

SCOUTING No. 7 CALIFORNIA: No. 7 University of California enters the week with a 29-9 overall record and 1-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears have four players hitting above .300 on the season. Veronica Nelson leads the squad with a .385 batting average, nine home runs and 25 RBI. The senior first baseman, who holds the NCAA record for bases on balls, has tallied 64 walks on the season. Vicky Galindo and Haley Woods are hitting .376 and .370, respectively. The Cal pitching staff boasts a 1.04 ERA with Kelly Anderson and Kristina Thorson shouldering most of the load in the circle.

OSU AND CALIFORNIA SERIES NUMBERS: California leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 53-22, but the Beavers are 9-19 against Cal with Kirk Walker at the helm. The Bears swept last year's season-ending series in Berkeley by scores of 6-1 and 10-7. OSU has won four of the last six meetings in Berkeley.

SCOUTING No. 13 STANFORD: No. 13 Stanford University enters the week with a 26-11 overall record and a 1-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Cardinal have a pair of players batting above .300 with freshman Lauren Lappin posting a team-best .337 clip. Pitchers Dana Sorensen and Tori Nyberg boast 0.86 and 1.59 ERA's, respectively. Sorensen has 178 strikeouts with only 21 walks on the season and tossed a no-hitter against No. 2 Washington on Sunday.

OSU AND STANFORD SERIES NUMBERS: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State by a slim, 20-19 advantage. The Beavers have a 7-19 record against the Cardinal under the direction of Kirk Walker. Stanford has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the squads and four straight in Palo Alto. In last season's May 10 meeting between the Cardinal and Beavers, Stanford scored a pair of unearned runs to record a 2-1 victory despite being out-hit 5-4.

LONG WEEK: Oregon State came out of last week's roadtrip with a 3-6 record, earning a victory against University of San Diego and double-header sweep of UC Riverside. Senior Brynnen Guthrie led the Beavers with a .414 batting average (12-for-29) over the nine-game stretch. Sophomore Kelly Petersen added a .391 (9-for-23) clip from the plate and led Oregon State with seven runs scored and four RBI while posting a .696 slugging percentage.

FOOD, FAMILY AND FRIENDS: Oregon State was surrounded by family and friends during its games in Southern California. Kelly Petersen and Vanessa Iapala both hail from San Diego while Dena DuBois is from Chino, CA and Adrienne Alo is from Carson, CA. The Petersen and DuBois families each opened their homes for the team to enjoy a home-cooked meal. Several other families made the trip to sunny San Diego.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Would you rather: 1. Be on a seven-hour bus ride watching the movie 'Labyrinth' staring David Bowie; 2. Be trapped in an elevator with 14 other people; 3. Wear a uniform with the incorrect number on it; or 4. Lose five straight games and fall out of the Top 25 for the first time since 1999.

STUMPED: University of Arizona is the only Pac-10 school that the current Oregon State senior class (Brynnen Guthrie, Shelly Prochaska, Steph Adams, Cara Maxey, Clare Burnum) has never beaten. The Beavers were topped 8-0 by the Wildcats last Friday in Tucson.

DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State's current five-game losing streak is its longest since dropping five straight at the beginning of May last season. The Beavers have lost six games in a row just once in the last six years - during the first week of April, 2000.

HOMER HIT: Oregon State has tallied 27 home runs on the season - surpassing its total of 17 long balls after 65 games played in 2002. Nine different Beavers have gone deep on the season with Shelly Prochaska's five homers pacing the squad. Kelly Petersen and Cara Maxey have both tallied four home runs on the year. As a team, the Beavers have belted at least one home run in 17 different games.

TRIPLE TALK: Oregon State's eight triples on the season are the most of any Pac-10 team. Seniors Brynnen Guthrie and Cara Maxey have each hit two triples on the year.

TURNING TWO: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 defensively in double plays turned during the season with 12. Freshman Vanessa Iapala has been apart of 11 double plays on the year while second baseman Brynnen Guthrie has been involved in seven.

FACTS AND FIGURES: Oregon State boasts 10 players that have scored at least seven runs on the season...Shelly Prochaska leads the team and ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with a .380 batting average and posts a team-best 32 RBI...Senior Brynnen Guthrie leads the team in runs scored with 25 and ranks ninth in the Pac-10 with a .377 batting average...Cara Maxey is a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen bases...Junior Monica Hoffman's 125 strikeouts rank sixth in the Pac-10 - she averages a team-best 5.61 K's per game...Monica Hoffman's 24 games started and 156.0 innings pitched are the most in the Pac-10...Freshman Amy Klever's 13 games in relief are the most in the Pac-10...Freshman Vanessa Iapala has been a part of a Pac-10 leading 11 double plays...Kelly Petersen leads the Pac-10 in assists with 104 - Clare Burnum ranks third with 86 and Brynnen Guthrie ranks fourth with 82.

ON THE BASEPATHS: Senior Cara Maxey is a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen bases this season, ranking in a tie for fourth in the Pac-10. Oregon State has 11 different players that have recorded at least one steal on the year, and as a team, the Beavers are 48-for-61 on stolen base attempts. The school record for stolen bases in a single season is 61, set in 1978.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has a significant advantage over its opponents in several categories:
- Team batting average: .268-.233
- Runs scored: 146-104
- Hits: 266-225
- RBI: 138-90
- Total bases: 408-304
- Home runs: 27-17
- Stolen bases: 48-13
- Slugging percentage: .411-.315
- Earned run average: 2.33-3.47

BITS ARE BACK: Senior third baseman Clare Burnum belted a trio of doubles over the last week to raise her season total to eight - tied for team-high honors with Brynnen Guthrie. Burnum matched the OSU single season record for doubles in 2002 with 17 and currently ranks second on the OSU all-time list with 37 two-basers in her career. Burnum needs just three doubles to pass Jodi Chmielewski (1996-99) and become the Beavers' all-time leader.

CLASS ACT: Senior Brynnen Guthrie continues her consistent play for the Beavers from the plate. Guthrie is leading the team in multiple statistical categories on the year; ranking first in at-bats (122), runs scored (25), hits (46), doubles (8), and multiple hit games (14). Her .377 batting average and .549 slugging percentage ranks second. Guthrie currently boasts a .342 career batting average - the third highest of all-time for a four-year Beaver.

PROCHASKA POWER: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska currently leads the team in batting with a .380 average. She also ranks first on the squad in home runs (5), RBI (32), slugging percentage (.565), and on base percentage (.452). The senior catcher has posted 13 multiple hit games and a team-leading six multiple RBI outings. Prochaska's 104 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. Prochaska currently ranks in the top-5 in eight different OSU career statistical categories.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Junior pitcher Monica Hoffman boasts a 16-10 record on the season for the Beavers. Hoffman's 16 victories are tied for ninth place in the OSU single season record book. Hoffman's 125 strikeouts on the year move her career total to 422 which ranks in third place on the OSU career strikeout list. On the season she boasts a team-best 2.06 ERA in 30 appearances and 156.0 innings of work.

FAB FROSH: Freshmen Lisa Allen, Adrienne Alo and Vanessa Iapala have made an immediate impact for the Beavers. Allen enters the week ranked third on the team with a .296 batting average (21-for-71). The Canby High grad has played in 31 games, making 22 starts, and leads the Beavers with a .455 (5-for-11) batting average as a pinch hitter. Alo is currently batting .245 (25-for-102) and has a two-game hitting streak. The speedy outfielder is 5-for-7 on stolen bases and boasts a team-best .619 percentage in reaching base as a lead-off (13-for-21). Iapala homered in her first collegiate at bat at the Southern Utah Tournament against BYU on Jan. 31 and currently holds a .226 batting average. The San Diego, CA product is second on the team in doubles with seven and leads the squad in put-outs with 281 from her spot her spot at first base.

PAC-10 POWER: Other than Oregon State, the seven teams of the Pacific-10 Conference are ranked in the April 1 USA Today/NFCA Poll as follows: 1. UCLA (22), 2. Arizona, 3. Washington, 7. California, 12. Arizona State, 13. Stanford, 21. Oregon.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 5-9 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 277-249-3 and a 59-142 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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