Softball Heads To Eugene For Civil War

April 16, 2003

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SOFTBALL HEADS TO EUGENE FOR CIVIL WAR REMATCH; BEAVERS AND DUCKS WILL MEET ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Friday, April 18
OSU at No. 20 Oregon - 2 p.m. PDT, Eugene, OR

Saturday, April 19
OSU at No. 20 Oregon - 2 p.m. PDT, Eugene, OR

CIVIL WAR SERIES NUMBERS: Against Oregon - OSU's longest running opponent at 140 games - the Beavers are 67-72-1, and boast a 19-13-1 record under the direction of head coach Kirk Walker. Oregon State had an 11-game winning streak against the Ducks broken when UO picked up a 10-2 victory on Mar. 15. The win was the first for Oregon in the Civil War as presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers since 1999 and marked the Ducks' first victory against the Beavers in Corvallis since 1997.

SCOUTING No. 20 OREGON: No. 20 Oregon enters the week with a 21-13 overall record and 3-7 Pacific-10 Conference mark. The Ducks will play a non-conference double-header against Portland State on Wednesday before hosting Oregon State on Friday. UO is coming off a 5-4 victory against No. 2 UCLA last Saturday - its first win against the Bruins in Eugene since 1998. Oregon has two players hitting over .300 on the season with Beth Boskovich's .303 clip and six doubles leading the way. Andrea Vidlund, the current Pac-10 Player of the Week, is batting .300 with 17 RBI and a team-leading seven home runs. Freshman hurler Amy Harris leads the squad with a 1.29 ERA and 8-9 record in 114.1 innings pitched.

BEAVERS AND DUCKS FIRST TIME AROUND: No. 22 Oregon pounded 13 hits en route to a 10-2 victory against No. 17 Oregon State on Mar. 15 in Corvallis. The Civil War victory was the first for the Ducks since 1999. The game was a scoreless pitching duel over the first three innings but Janell Bergstrom's two-out double in the fourth gave the Ducks a 1-0 advantage and knocked Beaver starter Monica Hoffman from the contest. Erin Goodell pounded two home runs in the game as Oregon scored three runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. All three OSU pitchers saw action in the game. Lisa Allen and Shelly Prochaska each went 2-for-3 to lead the Beavers.

LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK: Oregon State dropped a trio of games in last week's Pacific-10 Conference action. The Beavers managed just two runs over the weekend while their opponents recorded 16 tallies. OSU was out-hit by just one (4-3; 8-7) in both of its games against No. 3 Washington, yet the Beavers were unable to capitalize. In a bright note, senior Clare Burnum became Oregon State's all-time doubles leader after belting a pair of two-basers against No. 3 Washington on Saturday. Burnum raised her career total to 40 doubles, surpassing Jodi Chmielewki's (1996-99) total of 39. Burnum led the Beavers in batting over the weekend with a .400 clip (4-for-10) and freshman Lisa Allen finished with a .333 (3-for-9) mark from the plate. Senior Brynnen Guthrie led the squad defensively with 10 assists and five put-outs without an error while Amy Klever's 3.82 ERA in two appearances led the way on the mound.

FAST FACT: Oregon's 10-2 victory against Oregon State on Mar. 15 marked the first time that the Beaver seniors (Steph Adams, Clare Burnum, Brynnen Guthrie, Cara Maxey, Shelly Prochaska) had lost to the Ducks (9-1).

ANOTHER FAST FACT: Oregon State's current 1-9 record in Pacific-10 Conference action marks the slowest start to a Pac-10 season for the Beavers since beginning the 1997 season with a 1-12 conference mark. OSU picked up its second and third Pac-10 victories during the 1997 campaign with a double-header sweep at the University of Oregon.

THE FINAL 15: Oregon State enters the week with 15 games remaining on its regular season schedule. The Beavers need to record six victories to finish above .500 on the year and be eligible for a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament. Of the opposition remaining, 11 of Oregon State's 15 games will be played against teams currently ranked in the Top 25. The following is a breakdown of how the Beavers have fared in their final 15 games during the last four seasons:
(2002) 6 wins; 9 losses
(2001) 9 wins; 6 losses
(2000) 8 wins; 7 losses
(1999) 5 wins; 10 losses

CB BREAKS DB MARK: Senior Clare Burnum broke the Oregon State career doubles record on Saturday with a pair of two-basers against No. 3 Washington. Burnum has tallied 40 doubles in her career, surpassing Jodi Chmielewski's (1996-99) total of 39, to become the Oregon State all-time leader. The third baseman has tallied a team-best 11 doubles on the year - currently ranking in a tie for fourth best in the Pac-10.

CENTURY POSSIBILITY: Senior Shelly Prochaska looks to become the first player in Oregon State history to score 100 runs during her career and have 100 runs batted in. Prochaska currently ranks fifth on the OSU all-time chart for runs scored with 92 and her 113 career RBI rank in second place in Beaver history. Prochaska needs just one more hit to become only the fourth player in OSU history to tally 200 hits in her career.

BEST OF CLASS: Senior Shelly Prochaska currently ranks in the Top 5 in the Oregon State career record book for eight different statistical categories (at-bats, runs scored, RBI, hits, singles, doubles, home runs, bases on balls) - no other Beaver player ranks in the Top 5 in more than seven categories. Fellow senior Brynnen Guthrie currently ranks in the OSU Top 10 in eight different career statistical categories (batting average, runs scored, RBI, hits, singles, doubles, home runs, stolen bases).

BREAKING IT DOWN AGAINST THE DUCKS: Out of the five current Oregon State seniors, Clare Burnum has posted the most successful numbers against University of Oregon over her career. Burnum is batting .333 (7-for-21) in seven games against the Ducks. The third baseman has also tallied two doubles and scored three runs while leading OSU to a 6-1 record against UO.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Oregon State hurler Monica Hoffman's 17 victories on the season rank in a tie for 22nd in the nation. The Pacific-10 Conference boasts six pitchers in the Top 30 nationally for victories.

GETTING OUT OF A JAM: Junior pitcher Monica Hoffman has faced 26 batters on the season with the bases loaded. Of those 26 batters, Hoffman has struck out 10 and allowed only three hits.

STOP THEM FIRST: As a staff, Oregon State's pitchers boast a combined 4.11 ERA in the first inning. The Beavers have given up 34 runs in the opening frame - the most of any inning in the game. OSU holds a team-best 1.45 ERA in the seventh inning, outscoring its opponents 15-6 during the frame.

WORKING AROUND THE LINE-UP: Sophomore Kelly Petersen and freshman Adrienne Alo have each batted in seven different spots in the line-up during the season. Petersen has hit everywhere except the number 4 and number 8 hole, while fairing best in the number two spot with a .625 (5-for-8) clip. Alo has seen action in every spot except the leadoff and number 4 position, with her best performances coming while batting sixth - hitting .556 (5-for-9) with two home runs.

DRAWING THE BB: Oregon State has tallied at least one base on balls in nine consecutive games.

RECORD WATCH: Oregon State has broken and is close to breaking several team records on the season:
Records Broken -
Runs scored in a game: 15 at Stanford (4/5/03); 15 at Santa Clara (4/3/03)
Hits in a game: 17 at Stanford (4/5/03)
RBI in a game: 14 at Stanford (4/5/03)
Home runs in a game: 4 at Santa Clara (4/3/03); 4 vs. UNLV (2/8/03)

Record Watch -
Oregon State currently has 38 home runs - the school record is 40, set in 2000
Oregon State currently has currently completed 18 double plays - the school record is 24, set in 1984
Oregon State currently has 56 stolen bases - the school record is 61, set in 1978
Oregon State currently has 58 doubles on the season - the school record is 72, set in 2001

ON THE BASEPATHS: Senior Cara Maxey is a perfect 11-for-11 on stolen bases this season, ranking in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 and a tie for fifth in the OSU single season charts. Oregon State has 11 different players that have recorded at least one steal on the year, and as a team, the Beavers are 56-for-70 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: .267-.247
- Runs scored: 186-153
- Hits: 324-294
- RBI: 173-134
- Total bases: 513-414
- Home runs: 38-28
- Stolen bases: 56-18
- Slugging percentage: .422-.348
- Earned run average: 2.86-3.57

AK ACTION: Freshman pitcher Amy Klever leads the Pacific-10 Conference in games in relief (15) on the season. Klever's 14 games finished also rank in a tie for first place in the Pac-10.

PETE IN THE PAC: Sophomore shortstop Kelly Petersen continues to lead the Beavers in batting average during Pac-10 games with a .308 mark from the plate (8-for-26). Petersen also boasts a team-best five runs scored, three home runs and a .692 slugging percentage in the 10 outings. Petersen's 127 assists on the season are the most in the Pac-10.

GUTHRIE GAB: Senior Brynnen Guthrie remains a force for the Beavers from the plate on the season, leading the team in multiple statistical categories. Guthrie leads the squad in batting average (.372), runs scored (28), hits (50), multiple hit games (15) and on-base percentage (.442). Guthrie currently boasts a .342 career batting average - the third highest of all-time for a four-year Beaver. She entered the week ranked in the Top 10 in six different Pac-10 offensive statistical categories and ranks fourth in the conference defensively for assists with 98.

PROCHASKA POWER: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska leads the Beavers in home runs (8), RBI (40), and slugging percentage (.576). The senior catcher ranks second on the squad in batting with a .356 clip from the plate and has posted 15 multiple hit games and a team-leading nine multiple RBI outings. Prochaska's 113 career RBI rank second in the OSU record book and she needs just one hit to record 200 in her career. Prochaska went a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with two home runs and four RBI against UNLV on Feb. 8. She 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 17-12 record on the season for the Beavers. Hoffman's 17 victories rank in ninth place in the OSU single season record book. The junior hurler's 135 strikeouts on the year move her career total to 432 which ranks in third place on the OSU career strikeout list. On the season she boasts a team-best 2.11 ERA in 33 appearances and 172.1 innings of work. Hoffman's 27 games started are the second-most in the Pac-10 and her 135 K's rank sixth.

PAC-10 POWER: Other than Oregon State, the seven teams of the Pacific-10 Conference are ranked in the April 15 USA Today/NFCA Poll as follows: 1. Arizona, 2. UCLA, 3. Washington, 10. California, 12. Arizona State, 15. Stanford, 20. Oregon. The Pac-10 has held down the top two positions in the poll throughout the season.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 6-14 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.

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 280-254-3 and a 60-147 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. Walker was 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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