Softball Hosts No. 12 Arizona State And No. 1 Arizona This Weekend

April 23, 2003

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SOFTBALL CONTINUES LONGEST HOME-STAND OF THE SEASON; BEAVERS HOST No. 12 ARIZONA STATE AND PLAY TWO GAMES AGAINST TOP-RANKED ARIZONA

Friday, April 25
No. 12 Arizona State at OSU - 2 p.m. PDT, Corvallis, OR

Saturday, April 26
No. 1 Arizona at OSU - 2 p.m. PDT, Corvallis, OR

Sunday, April 27
No. 1 Arizona at OSU - 1 p.m. PDT, Corvallis, OR

SCOUTING No. 12 ARIZONA STATE: No. 12 ranked Arizona State enters the week with a 28-15 overall record and a 5-6 mark in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils will face top-ranked Arizona on Wednesday before meeting Oregon State on Friday in Corvallis. ASU boasts six different players that are batting above .300 with Kara Brun's .396 clip leading the way. Sophomore Desiree Serrano leads the team in the circle with a 1.50 ERA and 17-9 overall record. As a team Arizona State is batting .285 on the season.

BEAVERS AND SUN DEVIL SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona State leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 54-19, but the Beavers are 14-20 against the Sun Devils under head coach Kirk Walker. ASU has won three straight against OSU - all this season - but the Sun Devils have never won four games in a single year against a Kirk Walker coached squad.

OSU AND ASU THE LAST TIME OUT: Arizona State took advantage of an Oregon State error and utilized a home run by Phelan Wright to give the Sun Devils a 3-0 victory against the Beavers on Mar. 30 in Tempe. The victory was the third of the year for ASU against OSU, after recording a 3-2 eight-inning preseason contest and 7-1 decision. Beaver freshman Amy Klever suffered the loss, despite allowing just seven hits while striking out four batters in her first Pac-10 start.

SCOUTING No. 1 ARIZONA: Top-ranked University of Arizona enters the week with a 41-4 overall record and 10-1 mark in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have seven players batting above .300 on the season, including a pair of players boasting a greater than .400 clip (Autumn Champion - .459 and Lovie Jung - .451). UA leads the conference in batting average (.337), home runs (58) and fielding percentage (.979). Freshman hurler Alicia Hollowell's 27-3 overall record and 0.63 ERA leads the Pac-10. Hollowell's 259 strikeouts are also tops in the conference.

BEAVERS AND WILDCAT SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 63-7, and the Beavers are 3-29 against the Wildcats with Kirk Walker at the helm. Arizona has won 11 consecutive games against OSU - the longest current losing streak the Beavers have against any squad. The last Beaver victory was a 4-0 win on Mar. 27, 1999 in Tucson.

THEY'RE DUE: University of Arizona is the only Pac-10 school that the current Oregon State senior class (Steph Adams, Clare Burnum, Brynnen Guthrie, Cara Maxey, Shelly Prochaska) has never beaten. The Beavers were topped earlier this season by the No. 3 Wildcats on Mar. 28 by a score of 8-0. UA hurler Alicia Hollowell threw a no-hitter in the five-inning contest.

A LOT OF SIMILARITIES - IT COULD HAPPEN: Oregon State boasts a 1-3 record in the OSU Softball Complex against the top-ranked team in the country. The Beavers beat No. 1 UCLA on Apr. 20, 2001, dropping the Bruins to 42-4 on the season. OSU hosts No. 1 Arizona this weekend - the Wildcats enter the week with a 41-4 record. The Beavers faced the Bruins in the final home series of April - the same is true for this week's contests with Arizona. When OSU topped the Bruins, UCLA was the World Series runner-up the previous season - Arizona finished as World Series runner-up last year.

RECORD-SETTING NO-NO FOR MO: Junior pitcher Monica Hoffman became the only pitcher in Oregon State history to throw four no-hitters in her career when she held Portland State hitless on Tuesday. Hoffman struck out five batters in the complete game victory and went on to pitch four innings in the nightcap against the Vikings to earn her 20th win of the year.

HOMER HAPPY: Oregon State blasted eight home runs, including a school record five dingers in game-one of its double-header against Portland State on Tuesday. Freshman Adrienne Alo became just the fourth player in school history to hit two home runs in a single game and third this year, joining Cara Maxey and Shelly Prochaska in the record book. Senior Clare Burnum went deep in back-to-back at bats, blasting her first career grand slam with a walk-off shot that ended game-one and then leading off the second contest with a homer to center field. Kelly Petersen also tallied two long balls on the day to move into a tie for team-high honors with eight on the season. Freshman Vanessa Iapala earned her third home run of the year while junior Shannon Sorg went deep for the first time this season. As a team Oregon State has hit at least one home run in 25 games on the year, and the Beavers have gone deep multiple times in a single game on 12 occasions.

FAST FACT: Oregon State is 11-1 when the Beavers hit two or more home runs in a single game. OSU's only loss when going deep twice, came at the hands of Friday's opponent - No. 12 Arizona State.

THREE IN A ROW: Oregon State's current three-game winning streak is its longest of the season since knocking off No. 11 Florida State, No. 20 Pacific and No. 20 Ohio State during the end of February.

MORE ON LUCKY NUMBER 3: Oregon State enters the week with 11 games remaining on its schedule. The Beavers need to record three 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, nine of Oregon State's 11 games will be played against teams currently ranked in the Top 16.

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.

JUST TRY TO TOP THAT: Senior Clare Burnum has blasted a home run in three consecutive games, including a walk-off grand slam in game-one against Portland State on Tuesday. The Beavers are 6-1 on the season in games that Burnum has gone deep. The third baseman has belted four home runs in the last six games against Portland State.

MORE ON BURNUM: Clare Burnum has posted a .778 batting average (7-for-9) in Oregon State's three straight victories, scoring a team-leading five runs and tallying six RBI while boasting a 2.000 slugging percentage. Burnum's performance of late has raised her season batting average to .290 (45-for-155) - third best on the squad.

NOW THAT'S PERFECT: Junior outfielder Shannon Sorg went a perfect 6-for-6 from the plate in Oregon State's double-header sweep of Portland State on Tuesday. Sorg finished the day with two doubles, her first home run of the season, and two RBI. Sorg also made three put-outs from her starting spot in left field.

THIS ONE IS FOR ALL THE SKEPTICS: So far this season Oregon State has broken five different single game batting records and two single season batting marks - outdone only by the 2001 squad that broke nine school records after 69 games - the current Beavers have played just 50 contests. The Beavers are also on-track to break three more single season records by the end of the year. OSU currently leads the Pacific-10 Conference in doubles (68), triples (8), batters hit by pitches (37), double plays turned (18), and assists (503). Oregon State's senior class (Steph Adams, Clare Burnum, Brynnen Guthrie, Cara Maxey, Shelly Prochaska) have their names dotted in 30 different spots in the OSU top 10 in nine different career batting categories. The Beavers have recorded 20-plus wins in a season for the seventh consecutive year.

RECORD WATCH: Oregon State has broken and is close to breaking numerous 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)
Hit batters in a game: 3 at San Diego (3/23/03)
Home runs in a game: 5 vs. Portland State (4/22/03)
Home runs in a season: 48 (as of 4/23/03) - old record was 40, set in 2000
Hit batters in a season: 39 (as of 4/23/03) - old record was 24, set in 2001
Monica Hoffman becomes the first pitcher in OSU history to throw four no-hitters after blanking Portland State (4/22/03)

Records Tied -
Bases on balls in a game: 8 at San Diego State (3/26/03)

Record Watch -
Oregon State currently has 57 stolen bases - the school record is 61, set in 1978
Oregon State currently has 68 doubles on the season - the school record is 72, set in 2001
Oregon State currently has currently completed 18 double plays - the school record is 24, set in 1984

DID YOU KNOW: Monica Hoffman is just the third pitcher in Oregon State history to record 20 wins in a single season. The right-handed hurler is also just the fourth pitcher to tally 20 wins in the Pac-10 this year.

ON OR OFF - IT DOESN'T MATTER: Senior Brynnen Guthrie is leading the Beavers with a .387 batting average (29-for-75) with runners on base. Guthrie is also leading the squad in batting with the bases empty, boasting a .386 clip (27-for-70).

CLUTCH HITTING: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska has recorded 17 two-out RBI on the season. Sophomore Kelly Petersen is not far behind, with 12 two-out RBI on the year. As a team the Beavers have tallied 73 runs batted in with two-outs on the year - after 65 games in 2002, OSU had 77.

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 57-for-74 on stolen base attempts. The school record for stolen bases in a single season is 61, set in 1978.

GUTHRIE GAB: Senior Brynnen Guthrie has been the Beavers' most consistent batter on the season. Guthrie leads the squad in batting average (.386), hits (56), multiple hit games (17), slugging percentage (.586), and on-base percentage (.451). Guthrie currently boasts a .344 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 fifth in the conference defensively for assists with 102.

PROCHASKA POWER: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska leads the Beavers in RBI (42), and multiple RBI games (10), while ranking in a tie for the home run lead (8). The senior catcher ranks second on the squad in batting with a .340 clip from the plate and has posted 15 multiple hit games. Prochaska became just the fourth player in Oregon State history to amass 200 hits in her career and currently boasts 201. Her 115 career RBI rank second in the OSU record book and she needs just seven runs to become OSU's all-time leader. 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 20-13 record on the season for the Beavers. Hoffman's 20 victories rank in fifth place in the OSU single season record book. The junior hurler's 151 strikeouts on the year move her career total to 448 which ranks in third place on the OSU career strikeout list. On the season she boasts a team-best 1.97 ERA in 37 appearances and 195.1 innings of work. Hoffman became the first pitcher in Oregon State history to throw four career no-hitters after holding Portland State without a hit on April 22.

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: Oregon State currently holds a 19-12 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.

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 283-255-3 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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