Softball Hits The Road For Five-Game Swing

April 29, 2003

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SOFTBALL NEEDS TWO VICTORIES TO SECURE WINNING SEASON; BEAVERS FACE PSU IN NON-CONFERENCE DOUBLE-HEADER BEFORE MAKING WASHINGTON-UCLA TRIP

Thursday, May 1
OSU at Portland State - 4 p.m. PDT, Portland, OR
(double-header)

Friday, May 2
OSU at No. 5 Washington - 2 p.m. PDT, Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 3
OSU at No. 2 UCLA - 7 p.m. PDT, Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, May 4
OSU at No. 2 UCLA - 1 p.m. PDT, Los Angeles, CA

SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE: Portland State enters the week with a 17-27 overall record. The Vikings have a pair of players hitting above .300 with Erin Stokey's .338 clip and 25 RBI leading the way. PSU career strikeout leader, Morgan Seibert, holds a 2.59 ERA to go along with an 11-10 record. Freshman pitcher Michelle Hext leads the squad with a 2.46 ERA in 18 appearances. The Vikings are batting .261 as a team, while their opponents are hitting .258.

BEAVERS AND VIKINGS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Portland State, 59-26-1 and is 20-4 against the Vikings with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU has won eight straight against PSU and 11 of the last 12 meetings. The Vikings' last victory against the Beavers in Portland came in a 13-inning contest on April 15, 1997 where PSU was victorious by a 3-2 margin.

OSU AND PSU THE LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State swept its double-header with Portland State on April 22, taking game-one by a score of 9-0 and game-two by an 8-0 margin - both contests lasted just six innings. Beaver hurler Monica Hoffman became the first player in OSU history to throw four no-hitters in her career after shutting down the Vikings in game-one. Hoffman earned her 20th victory in game-two. As a team Oregon State blasted eight home runs, including a school record five dingers in game-one of the double-header. Freshman Adrienne Alo became just the fourth player in school history to hit two home runs in a single game and Clare Burnum homered in back-to-back at-bats, including a walk-off grand slam to end game-one. Kelly Petersen tallied two home runs on the day while Vanessa Iapala and Shannon Sorg also went deep. Sorg finished the day a perfect 6-for-6 from the plate.

SCOUTING No. 5 WASHINGTON: No. 5 University of Washington enters the week with a 40-9-1 overall record and 7-7 Pacific-10 Conference mark. The Huskies will face UCLA on Wednesday in Seattle. Three UW players are batting above .300 on the year, led by Kristen Rivera's .377 mark, 19 home runs and 57 RBI. Kathy Fiske adds a .336 clip from the plate while Jaime Clark is batting .300. Husky ace Tia Bollinger boasts a 1.19 ERA to go along with a 22-6 overall record in 194.1 innings of work. Washington is batting .266 as a team, while holding its opponents to a .206 mark.

BEAVERS AND HUSKIES SERIES NUMBERS: Washington has won 10 of the last 14 meetings with Oregon State and leads the all-time series, 33-7, but the Beavers are 7-26 against the Huskies with Kirk Walker at the helm. UW has dominated the series in Seattle. The Beavers took the 2000 Pac-10 finale on May 13, by a score of 1-0, behind a home run from Tarrah Beyster - the victory marked OSU's first win in the Emerald City.

QUICK HIT: Oregon State was out-hit by one (4-3; 8-7) in both of its games earlier this season against No. 3 University of Washington.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has won at least one game against the University of Washington in each of the last four seasons.

SCOUTING No. 2 UCLA: No. 2 UCLA enters the week with a 39-5 overall record and 11-3 mark in the Pac-10. Three of the Bruins' five losses on the season have come in Los Angeles at Easton Stadium. Senior Natasha Watley leads the squad with a .500 batting average and 29 stolen bases. Tairia Mims adds a .473 clip from the plate with 51 RBI and 15 home runs. Four other Bruin batters are hitting above .300 and as a team UCLA is batting .330 compared to its opponents' clip of .137. UCLA ace Keira Goerl boasts a 0.67 ERA with 251 strikeouts in 220.0 innings pitched. The Bruins have won six straight since dropping a 5-4 contest at No. 20 Oregon on Apr. 13.

BEAVERS AND BRUINS SERIES NUMBERS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 63-5, but the Beavers are 5-30 against the Bruins under head coach Kirk Walker. UCLA has won 13 of the last 14 outings, with its lone loss coming on April 20, 2001 in the inaugural game at the OSU Softball Complex. In the first meeting between the two squads this season, UCLA garnered a 6-1 victory on April 11, helped in part by home runs from Natasha Watley and Tairia Mims.

UNDER THE LIGHTS: Oregon State's 7 p.m. game at UCLA on Saturday marks the first night game played at Easton Stadium in Bruin history. The Beavers are 4-2 in games played under the lights this season.

FUNNY HOW THINGS WORK OUT: Last season Oregon State swept a double-header with Portland State prior to knocking off Arizona State. The Beavers then dropped a pair of games to University of Arizona before sweeping Portland State in another double-header and then topping University of Washington. OSU looks to repeat last year's performance when the Beavers face Portland State in a double-header on Thursday before meeting No. 5 Washington on Friday.

ANOTHER PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Oregon State garnered its second Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week honor in as many weeks, as Beaver senior Clare Burnum was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for April 21-27as was announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen on Monday. Burnum led the Beavers' offensive attack, hitting .500 (8-for-16) as OSU went 3-2 over the weekend. The third baseman had three home runs, six RBI, five runs scored, while drawing a pair of walks and adding a stolen base. Burnum was a perfect 2-for-2 in Oregon State's upset victory against No. 12 Arizona State, and homered in back-to-back at-bats in a double-header against Portland State, including a walk-off grand slam to end game-one. Burnum has tallied a home run in four of the last six games. The Pac-10 Player of the Week honor is the first of Burnum's career and Oregon State's 21st all-time selection.

JUST 2 MORE: Oregon State enters the week with eight games remaining on its schedule. The Beavers need to record two 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, six of Oregon State's eight games will be played against teams currently ranked in the Top 15. Two more victories would also give the Beavers 30-plus wins for the fifth straight season.

NOT BAD AGAINST No. 1: Oregon State became just the second team this season to record 10 hits against top-ranked Arizona and the Beavers' four runs scored against the Wildcats on Sunday were the third-most runs scored against UA this year. Prior to Sunday's contest, Oregon State had scored just four runs against Arizona in the previous eight meetings combined.

DID YOU KNOW: Sunday's 6-4 11-inning loss to top-ranked Arizona marked the first time this season that Oregon State has dropped a game in which the Beavers have scored at least four runs. OSU is now 23-1 on the season when scoring at least four runs.

ANOTHER RECORD DOWN: Oregon State broke its eighth team batting record of the season on Sunday against top-ranked Arizona. The Beavers' four doubles against the Wildcats put OSU's season total at 73 - a new school record, breaking the mark of 72 two-basers set in 2001.

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: 51 (as of 4/29/03) - old record was 40, set in 2000
Hit batters in a season: 40 (as of 4/29/03) - old record was 24, set in 2001
Doubles in a season: 73 (as of 4/29/03) - old record was 72, set in 2001
Monica Hoffman became 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 59 stolen bases - the school record is 61, set in 1978
Oregon State currently has completed 18 double plays - the school record is 24, set in 1984

LOOKING LONG: Ten different Oregon State players have hit home runs on the season. OSU has gone deep a school record 51 times after 53 games. Oregon State has hit at least one home run in 27 games on the year, and the Beavers have gone deep multiple times in a single game on 13 occasions. OSU is 12-1 when it hits two or more home runs in a single game. Sophomore Kelly Petersen leads the squad and ranks fifth on the OSU single season charts with nine long balls on the year.

THAT'S IMPRESSIVE: Senior Shelly Prochaska ranks in second place on the OSU single season charts for runs batted in with 43. Prochaska needs just two RBI to break the Oregon State single season record of 44, held by Tarrah Beyster (2000).

MORE ON THE SINGLE SEASON CHARTS: Senior Clare Burnum's 14 doubles on the season rank in a tie for fourth place on the OSU single season charts, while Brynnen Guthrie's 11 doubles are tied for eighth place. Guthrie also ranks in a tie for ninth place in the OSU record book with 60 hits on the season.

TAKE TWO: Senior Clare Burnum has belted six doubles during Pacific-10 Conference games while freshman Adrienne Alo has tallied five doubles. Burnum and Alo rank first and second, respectively in the conference.

PAC-10 NUMBERS: Oregon State senior Brynnen Guthrie ranks fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference for hits (60), sixth in batting average (.385), and eighth in on-base percentage (.448). Senior Clare Burnum ranks second in doubles (14) and second in hit by pitches (11). As a team, Oregon State ranks fifth in the Pac-10 for batting average (.277), just three percentage points from ranking third.

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 (.385), hits (60), multiple hit games (18), slugging percentage (.577), and on-base percentage (.448). 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 110.

PROCHASKA POWER: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska leads the Beavers in RBI (43), and multiple RBI games (10). The senior catcher ranks second on the squad in batting with a .333 clip from the plate, hits (51), home runs (8), 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 203. Her 116 career RBI rank second in the OSU record book and she needs just five 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.

KEY INNINGS FROM KLEVER: Freshman pitcher Amy Klever picked up her second Pac-10 win of the season against No. 12 Arizona State last Friday and then threw 11 innings against top-ranked Arizona on Sunday. Klever finished the two games with 11 strikeouts, upping her season total to 54 K's.

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: Oregon State currently holds a 20-14 all-time record in games played at the OSU Softball Complex. The Beavers boast a 9-13 mark against opponents ranked in the Top 25.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 8-17 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 284-257-3 and a 62-150 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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