Softball Hosts Portland State In Double-Header Tuesday

April 21, 2003

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SOFTBALL HOSTS PORTLAND STATE ON TUESDAY IN NON-CONFERENCE DOUBLE-HEADER

Tuesday, April 22
Portland State at OSU - 2 p.m. PDT, Corvallis, OR
(Double-header)

SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE: Portland State University enters the week with a 15-23 overall record. The Vikings have a trio of players batting above .300 on their roster, led by former North Medford High graduate Megumi Hackett's .331 clip. Erin Stokey boasts a .325 mark from the plate and a team-best four home runs and 20 RBI. Kayla Lewis chips in a .319 batting average and 17 RBI. Three different PSU hurlers share duties on the mound. Freshman Michelle Hext leads the squad with a 2.30 ERA while Morgan Seibert has seen the bulk of the duties and holds a 2.40 ERA. Seibert, the Vikings' all-time strike out leader, has 151 K's and just 53 walks on the season. As a team Portland State is batting .262 while holding its opponents to a .247 clip.

BEAVERS AND VIKINGS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Portland State, 57-26-1 and is 18-4 against the Vikings with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU has won six straight against PSU and nine of the last 10 meetings. The Vikings' last victory against the Beavers was a 1-0 win on May 2, 2001 at the OSU Softball Complex. Oregon State responded to the loss with an 8-0 five inning victory in which hurler Crystal Draper threw her third career no-hitter.

HISTORY DOESN'T ALWAY REPEAT ITSELF - I HOPE: Over the last six years Oregon State has swept the season series against Portland State one season and then dropped a game to the Vikings the next year. OSU swept the series with PSU in 1998, 2000 and 2002, while dropping a game to the Vikings during the 1997, 1999 and 2001 campaigns.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Brynnen Guthrie was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for April 15-20 as was announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen on Monday. Guthrie led the Beavers with a .625 batting average (5-for-8) in a pair of games over the weekend against No. 20 University of Oregon. The second baseman tallied a pair of doubles to raise her season total to 10, scored a run and finished with two RBI. She also finished with an .875 slugging percentage and .625 on base percentage. With her performances against Oregon, Guthrie raised her season batting average to a team-leading .386. The Pac-10 Player of the Week honor is the first of Guthrie's career and Oregon State's 20th all-time selection.

BURNUM'S BIG DAY: Senior Clare Burnum helped lead the Beavers to a 7-3 victory against No. 20 Oregon on Saturday with a perfect 3-for-3 performance from the plate. The third baseman sent the first pitch of the ballgame over the center field fence for her fifth home run of the season, giving OSU a lead they would not relinquish. Burnum also belted a pair of doubles in the contest, raising her career record total to 42. In her fourth and final plate appearance of the game, the third baseman drew a walk.

THAT'S 200: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska became just the fourth player in Oregon State history to record 200 hits in her career after sending a shot through the left side of the infield in Oregon State's 7-3 victory against No. 20 Oregon on Saturday. Prochaska's 200th hit drove in a pair of runs, raising her career RBI total to 115 - second-most in Oregon State history.

YES, YOUR ARM IS STILL THERE: Junior pitcher Monica Hoffman earned her 18th victory of the season on Saturday after allowing just three hits in a complete game win against No. 20 Oregon. Hoffman allowed just one hit out of the infield over the first five innings against the Ducks. In last Friday's game against Oregon, Hoffman gave up just four hits and matched her season-high with eight strikeouts. Both runs scored by the Ducks were unearned in the contest as Hoffman maintained a 0.00 ERA.

KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL: With its two home runs against Oregon on Saturday, the Beavers have matched the single season total for home runs in a year with 40...the Beavers need just four doubles to match the single season record of 72, set in 2001...as a team, OSU has recorded at least one base on balls in 11 straight games...senior Brynnen Guthrie boasts a three-game hitting streak...Oregon State has won six straight games against Portland State...OSU has tallied at least seven hits in three consecutive games...the Beavers are 9-1 on the season in games that they hit two or more home runs.

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)

Records Tied -
Oregon State currently has 40 home runs, matching the school record for homers in a season, set in 2000

Record Watch -
Oregon State currently has currently completed 18 double plays - the school record is 24, set in 1984
Oregon State currently has 57 stolen bases - the school record is 61, set in 1978
Oregon State currently has 64 doubles on the season - the school record is 72, set in 2001

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: Oregon State currently holds a 17-12 all-time record in games played at the OSU Softball Complex. The Beavers boast an 8-11 mark against opponents ranked in the Top 25. Oregon State has lost six straight games in the OSU Softball Complex - its longest losing streak at home since the stadium opened on April 20, 2001.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 7-15 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 281-255-3 and a 61-148 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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