Softball Hosts Bay Area Schools In Home Finale

May 7, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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SOFTBALL WRAPS UP REGULAR SEASON IN CORVALLIS AGAINST BAY AREA SCHOOLS; FIVE BEAVER SENIORS WILL BE HONORED BEFORE PLAYING No. 9 CALIFORNIA ON SATURDAY

Friday, May 9
No. 17 Stanford at OSU - 2 p.m. PDT, Corvallis, OR

Saturday, May 10
No. 9 California at OSU - 1 p.m. PDT, Corvallis, OR
(double-header)

SCOUTING No. 17 STANFORD: No. 17 Stanford University enters the week with a 38-23 overall record and 5-13 mark in the Pac-10. Three Cardinal batters are hitting above .300 on the season, led by Lauren Lappin's .345 average. Catalina Morris adds a .335 clip with 38 runs scored while Cassi Brangham is hitting .300 with 31 RBI. Four different pitchers have seen action on the mound with Dana Sorenson's 18 wins and 1.12 ERA leading the pack. Tori Nyberg chips in a 1.72 ERA and 15 wins in 154.2 innings of work. As a team Stanford is batting .259 compared to its opponents' .186 mark.

BEAVERS AND CARDINAL SERIES NUMBERS: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State by a slim, 21-20 advantage. The Beavers have an 8-20 record against the Cardinal under the direction of Kirk Walker. Stanford has won 10 of the last 12 meetings between the squads, including two straight at the OSU Softball Complex.

OSU AND STANFORD LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State posted a record setting performance in its 15-5 nine-inning upset victory against No. 13 Stanford on April 5. The Beavers' 15 runs in the contest matched the OSU school record for runs in a single game, while their 17 hits and 14 RBI against the Cardinal broke the school single game record for hits and runs batted in. Stanford responded by knocking off Oregon State, 10-1, on April 6, with ace pitcher Dana Sorenson allowing just three Beaver hits. Kelly Petersen homered in the contest for OSU.

SCOUTING No.9 CALIFORNIA: Defending World Series champion, No. 9 California, enters the week with a 40-16 overall record and 9-9 mark in the Pac-10. Veronica Nelson leads all Bear players with a .362 batting average and 10 home runs despite drawing 88 walks on the season. Cal boasts six players in its line-up hitting above .300. Courtney Scott's 12 doubles and 37 RBI lead the squad. Four different pitchers have shared duties on the mound with freshman Kristina Thorson holding a 1.17 ERA in 125.1 innings and sophomore Kelly Anderson posting a 1.21 ERA with a 16-9 record. California has tallied 209 RBI on the season compared to its opponents' 79.

BEAVERS AND BEARS SERIES NUMBERS: California leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 54-22, but the Beavers are 9-20 against Cal with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU has won three straight against the Bears in Corvallis - all by one run.

OSU AND CAL LAST TIME OUT: A two-run fourth inning home run by Shelly Prochaska knotted the score at 2-2 but No. 7 California scored five runs with two-outs in the bottom of the fifth inning to record a 7-2 victory against Oregon State on April 4. The Bears tallied nine hits in the contest and held OSU to only three. Beaver starters Brynnen Guthrie and Monica Hoffman did not make the trip to Berkeley after suffering food poisoning.

DO YOU REMEMBER?: Oregon State closed out the 2001 regular season with a 1-0 victory against No. 4 Stanford behind a home run from Steph Adams and swept a double-header with No. 6 California on senior day. OSU seniors Brooke Rutschman and Shawna Feldt scored the winning run in both 1-0 victories against the Bears.

IT'S NOT A ROADTRIP WITHOUT A LITTLE BROCOLI AND THE CHOPS: Oregon State completed its traveling nightmare roadtrip last week after bussing to Portland for a double-header against PSU and then bussing to Seattle to face No. 5 Washington. After spending approximately 18 hours in the state of Washington the Beavers boarded a plane to Los Angeles for two games against No. 2 UCLA. Oregon State garnered a pair of victories on the four-day trip, securing a winning record and possible fifth consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament berth.

THE WIN IN WASHINGTON: Oregon State's 4-2 victory against No. 5 University of Washington last Friday marked the first win for the Beavers in Seattle since 1999 and just their second win of all-time in the Emerald City. The victory also secured OSU to finish with a winning record on the season and chance at a fifth consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament berth. Clare Burnum's fifth inning two-run home run over the left-center field fence silenced the UW crowd and gave the Beavers the lead for good. Freshman hurler Amy Klever recorded the complete game victory to earn her third Pac-10 win of the season, while Lisa Allen, Vanessa Iapala and Steph Adams all doubled in the contest.

COMING IN AND GOING OUT: Oregon State's current senior class is the only group of athletes to have beaten University of Washington in Seattle twice in their careers. The Beaver seniors knocked off UW in Seattle as freshmen before taking last Saturday's contest in their final appearance at Husky Stadium.

SENIOR DAY: Oregon State will honor its five seniors - Steph Adams, Clare Burnum, Brynnen Guthrie, Cara Maxey, Shelly Prochaska - prior to Saturday's double-header against No. 9 California. The Beaver seniors have helped re-write the OSU batting record book throughout their careers. Combined their names currently dot 32 different spots in the OSU top-10 in nine different career batting categories. Adams will finish her career with the second-most home runs and third-most RBI of all-time at OSU... Burnum holds the all-time doubles record and needs just three runs to set a new standard in runs scored... Guthrie is the only player in school history to rank in the OSU top-10 for nine different career batting categories and her career batting average is the third-best of all-time... Maxey matched the single game record for home runs and her six RBI against Iowa State are the second-most of all-time... Prochaska is the only player in school history to rank in the top-5 in eight different career batting categories and currently holds the single season RBI record.

PROCHASKA INVITED TO NATIONAL TEAM TRIAL: Oregon State senior catcher Shelly Prochaska has been invited to attend the 2003 Women's National Team selection camp as was announced on Monday by the Amateur Softball Association. Prochaska, a native of Aloha, OR, is one of 50 athletes invited to participate in the team camp, June 4-8, at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. The players will compete for spots on two teams that will represent the USA Softball National Teams in international competition this summer. Prochaska currently ranks second on Oregon State's squad for batting with a .308 clip on the season and her team-leading 45 RBI set a new standard in the OSU single season record book.

MORE RECORDS POSSIBLE: Senior Clare Burnum needs to score just three runs to surpass 100 in her career and become OSU's all-time leader... Burnum's 15 doubles this season are just two shy of her own school record (17) set in 2002... Brynnen Guthrie's 65 hits on the year rank in eighth place on the OSU single season chart - only three players in school history have recorded 70 hits or more... Guthrie needs just three hits for 200 in her career.

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)
RBI in a season: 223 (as of 5/6/03) - old record was 221, set in 2001
Home runs in a season: 55 (as of 5/6/03) - old record was 40, set in 2000
Hit batters in a season: 41 (as of 5/6/03) - old record was 24, set in 2001
Doubles in a season: 80 (as of 5/6/03) - 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)
Oregon State currently has 61 stolen bases - the school record is 61, set in 1978
Record Watch -
Oregon State currently has completed 22 double plays - the school record is 24, set in 1984

IN THE CLUTCH: Five different Oregon State players have recorded 10 or more two-out RBI on the season. Shelly Prochaska leads the squad with 19 two-out RBI, while Kelly Petersen adds 16. Steph Adams, Brynnen Guthrie and Vanessa Iapala all have 10 RBI with two-down.

LOOKING LONG: Ten different Oregon State players have hit home runs on the season. OSU has gone deep a school record 54 times after 58 games. Oregon State has hit at least one home run in 30 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 and senior Clare Burnum are tied for the team lead in home runs on the season with nine long balls each.

HOME NUMBERS: Senior Clare Burnum boasts a .414 batting average (12-for-29) in nine games at the OSU Softball Complex this season. Burnum has scored five runs and tallied three home runs in the stretch. Freshman Adrienne Alo is posting a .345 batting average (10-for-29) with a team-leading six runs scored and four doubles in Corvallis.

PAC-10 POINTS: Oregon State senior Brynnen Guthrie ranks fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference for hits (65), sixth in batting average (.382), and ninth in on-base percentage (.442). Senior Clare Burnum ranks second in doubles (15) and second in hit by pitches (11). As a team, Oregon State ranks fourth in the Pac-10 for batting average (.275).

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 61-for-81 on stolen base attempts - matching the school record of 61 steals during the 1978 season.

GUTHRIE GAB: Senior Brynnen Guthrie has been the Beavers' most consistent batter on the season. Guthrie leads the squad in batting average (.382), hits (65), multiple hit games (20), slugging percentage (.559), and on-base percentage (.442). 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 five different Pac-10 offensive statistical categories and ranks fifth in the conference defensively for assists with 121.

PROCHASKA POWER: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska leads the Beavers in RBI (45), and multiple RBI games (10). The senior catcher ranks second on the squad in batting with a .308 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 204. Her 118 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.

BURNUM BITS: Senior Clare Burnum is on the verge of cracking the .300 mark for batting average on the season. Burnum currently ranks third on the team with a .298 batting average. The third baseman leads the squad in runs scored (37), doubles (15) and home runs (9). Burnum needs just three runs to break the OSU career record for runs scored of 100, currently held by Shawna Feldt (1999-01). OSU's all-time doubles leader, Burnum ranks in the Oregon State top-10 in seven different career batting categories.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Junior pitcher Monica Hoffman boasts a 21-14 record on the season for the Beavers. Hoffman's 21 victories rank in a tie for fourth place in the OSU single season record book. The junior hurler's 155 strikeouts on the year move her career total to 452 which ranks in third place on the OSU career strikeout list. On the season she boasts a team-best 2.05 ERA in 39 appearances and 201.1 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.

KLEVER KUDOS: Freshman pitcher Amy Klever recorded her third Pac-10 win of the season and helped the Beavers upset No. 5 University of Washington for just the second time ever in Seattle on May 2. Klever has knocked off four ranked teams this season (No. 5 Washington, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 13 Stanford, No. 24 Minnesota) and took top-ranked Arizona 11 innings. The Rex Putnam High grad has 63 strikeouts in 122.1 innings of work on the season.

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 9-19 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 286-260-3 and a 63-152 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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