No. 6 Seeded Softball Faces Florida in NCAA Regionals On Thursday

May 14, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

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SOFTBALL MAKES FIFTH CONSECUTIVE NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE; No. 6 SEEDED BEAVERS FACE No. 3 SEED FLORIDA ON THURSDAY IN GAINESVILLE

Thursday, May 15
No. 4 South Florida vs No. 5 Florida Atlantic - 6 a.m. PDT
No. 1 Oklahoma vs No. 8 Bethune-Cookman - 9 a.m. PDT
No. 3 Florida vs No. 6 Oregon State - 11:30 a.m. PDT
No. 2 Florida State vs No. 7 Texas-Arlington - 2:30 p.m. PDT
All games will be played in Gainesville, Florida
- Region 4 -
Games will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.osubeavers.com
Tournament is double elimination and runs through Sunday, May 18

BEAVERS IN NCAA REGIONAL ACTION: Oregon State is making its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament and is looking to advance to the College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK, for the first time in school history. OSU has a 9-8 all-time Regional Tournament record. The Beavers reached the tournament championship game in their first two trips to Regionals (1999, 2000).

SCOUTING No. 25 FLORIDA: No. 3 seeded University of Florida is making its fourth NCAA Regional Tournament appearance and first since 2001. The host Gators boast a 40-23 overall record and 19-11 mark in the Southeastern Conference. Florida was knocked out of the SEC Tournament in the semifinals by LSU. UF won four of its last six games to close out the year. A trio of Gator players are batting above .300 with Mylin Prieto's .326 clip, 57 hits and 32 RBI leading the way. Lindsey Cameron is hitting .311 with 10 home runs and 11 doubles, while Jenny Gladding is batting .310 with 12 home runs. Gladding, a former member of the Arizona Wildcats, serves as ace in the circle, boasting a 1.41 ERA and 22-13 record to go along with 278 strikeouts. The Gators have recorded 104 stolen bases on the season in 133 attempts and hold a .256 team batting average.

PAC-10 TIE: University of Florida ace pitcher Jenny Gladding is a former member of the Arizona Wildcats. Oregon State last squared off against the Florida native on April 28, 2002 when the No. 16 Beavers dropped a 2-1 contest against No. 2 Arizona in Tucson. The Beavers tallied three hits against Gladding with Brynnen Guthrie going 2-for-2 and Clare Burnum belting an RBI double that knotted the score, and forced Wildcat All-American hurler Jennie Finch to enter the game in the fifth inning.

FAMILIAR REGIONAL FACES: Of the seven teams in Oregon State's Regional bracket, the Beavers have faced two squads - Oklahoma and South Florida - in previous postseason appearances. Oregon State dropped a pair of games to eventual World Series Champion Oklahoma in the 2000 Regional hosted by the Sooners. Oklahoma outlasted OSU, 3-2, in the tourney's championship contest. The Beavers also lost a 2-1 decision to South Florida on the first day of the 2001 Regional in Tuscaloosa, AL.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Oregon State will make its longest trip of the season, traveling 3,000 miles to Florida on Tuesday. The Beavers leave Corvallis at 8 a.m. PDT, and are scheduled to arrive in Gainesville at 12:05 a.m. EDT. Five of the eight teams in Region 4 are from the Sunshine State.

BEAVERS AGAINST THE FIELD: Here is a quick breakdown of Oregon State's record against the tournament field:
-Florida leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 1-0. The Beavers and Gators last faced each other on March 19, 1998 at the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, CA, with Florida earning a 7-6 victory.

-Oregon State holds a 1-0 series record against Florida State, with the Beavers topping the No. 11 Seminoles earlier this season on Feb. 21 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. OSU picked up a 2-0 victory in the contest with Monica Hoffman striking out five batters en route to the win. Clare Burnum went 3-for-4 from the plate while Shelly Prochaska added an RBI single.

- Oregon State leads the all-time series with Texas-Arlington, 1-0, after the Beavers recorded a 7-4 victory on Mar. 25, 1994 at the National Invitational Tournament.

- South Florida holds a 2-1 edge in the all-time series with Oregon State. The Bulls and Beavers last faced each other on May 17, 2001 at the NCAA Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa, AL, with USF picking up the 2-1 victory.

- Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Oregon State by a 7-2 margin, but the Beavers are 2-5 against the Sooners with Kirk Walker at the helm. OU topped the Beavers, 1-0, after scoring on a passed ball in the seventh inning at the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Feb. 23, 2001.

- Oregon State has never faced Florida Atlantic or Bethune-Cookman.

LIVE BROADCAST: For the third consecutive year, Oregon State will broadcast all of its NCAA Regional Tournament games over the Internet on their athletic website - www.osubeavers.com. Jon Warren, the voice of OSU women's basketball, will call the play-by-play for all of the games.

PAC-10 POSTSEASON: All eight Pacific-10 Conference teams reached the NCAA Regional Tournament for the third time in the last five years. The Pac-10 has sent seven teams to postseason in five consecutive seasons. Last year marked the 19th time in 21 years that the Pac-10 sent at least one team to the Women's College World Series championship game and the ninth time that two Pac-10 teams faced each other for the title. The Pac-10 has won 15 NCAA softball championships since 1982 - more than any other conference.

BEATING THE BEST: Oregon State has knocked off 10 nationally ranked opponents on the season, the list includes:
- No. 11 Florida State (Feb. 21)
- No. 20 Pacific (Feb. 22)
- No. 20 Ohio State (Feb. 28)
- No. 24 Minnesota (Mar. 1)
- No. 24 Minnesota (Mar. 9)
- No. 13 Stanford (Apr. 5)
- No. 20 Oregon (Apr. 19)
- No. 12 Arizona State (Apr. 25)
- No. 5 Washington (May 5)
- No. 9 California (May 10)

ALL-PACIFIC-10 HONORS: For the first time in school history, Oregon State had six players gain recognition by the Pacific-10 Conference on Tuesday for their accomplishments on the season. Senior second baseman Brynnen Guthrie became just the second player in school history to earn first team All-Pac-10 honors after leading the Beavers in batting (.384) on the season. Guthrie is a three-time Pac-10 honoree after garnering honorable mention accolades in 2000 and 2002. Senior Clare Burnum picked up second team All-Pac-10 honors for the second consecutive season and also reigns as a three-time Pac-10 all-star after being honorable mention in 2001. Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska earned her first All-Pac-10 recognition in her career by being named a second team selection. Oregon State has never had a first team All-Pac-10 selection and two second team honorees in the same season until now. Sophomore pitcher Monica Hoffman was named to the honorable mention squad for the second straight year, while sophomore Kelly Petersen and freshman Adrienne Alo each gained honorable mention accolades for the first time.

RECORD WATCH: Oregon State has broken five single season and five single game records on the year, while tying the single game mark for bases on balls and single season mark for stolen bases. The 10 team records broken are the most in school history for a single year.
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: 232 (as of 5/11/03) - old record was 221, set in 2001
Home runs in a season: 54 (as of 5/11/03) - old record was 40, set in 2000
Hit batters in a season: 41 (as of 5/11/03) - old record was 24, set in 2001
Doubles in a season: 83 (as of 5/11/03) - old record was 72, set in 2001
Stolen Bases in a season: 63 (as of 5/11/03) - old record was 61, set in 1978
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 completed 24 double plays - tying the school record, set in 1984

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Oregon State is 8-1 on the season in games that senior Steph Adams has recorded two hits or more.

FAST FACT: Oregon State's school record 83 doubles on the year are the most in the Pacific-10 Conference.

EVERY FIVE DAYS: Oregon State guaranteed a winning season when the Beavers knocked off No. 5 Washington in Seattle on May 5. OSU topped its second ranked opponent in five days when the Beavers beat No. 9 California on May 10. Oregon State opens NCAA Regional Tournament action against No. 25 Florida on Thursday, May 15.

DOING DAMAGE: Five different Oregon State players have recorded 10 or more two-out RBI on the season. Shelly Prochaska leads the squad with 20 two-out RBI, while Kelly Petersen adds 17. Vanessa Iapala adds 13 two-out RBI with Steph Adams and Brynnen Guthrie chipping in 12 and 10, respectively.

HOMER HAPPY: Ten different Oregon State players have hit home runs on the season. OSU has gone deep a school record 54 times after 61 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.

PAC-10 PLACING: Oregon State senior Brynnen Guthrie ranks third in the Pacific-10 Conference for hits (68), seventh in batting average (.384), and ninth in on-base percentage (.444). Senior Clare Burnum ranks second in doubles (15) and second in hit by pitches (11). Freshman Vanessa Iapala ranks ninth in doubles (12) and leads the conference in fielding double plays (23). As a team, Oregon State ranks fifth in the Pac-10 for batting average (.273).

ON THE BASEPATHS: Senior Cara Maxey is 11-for-12 on stolen bases this season, ranking in a tie for sixth 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 63-for-85 on stolen base attempts - breaking the previous school record of 61 swipes, set 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 (.384), hits (68), multiple hit games (21), slugging percentage (.554), and on-base percentage (.444). Guthrie currently boasts a .347 career batting average - the third highest of all-time for a four-year Beaver. She entered the week ranked in the top-10 in four different Pac-10 offensive statistical categories. Guthrie is just the second player in school history to earn first team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors. She is a three-time All-Pac-10 selection after gaining honorable mention accolades in 2000 and 2002.

PROCHASKA POWER: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska leads the Beavers with a school record 47 RBI, and 10 multiple RBI games. Prochaska ranks second on the squad in batting with a .307 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 206. Her 120 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. She garnered All-Pac-10 recognition for the first time in her career when she was named second team all-conference on Tuesday. Prochaska has been invited to participate in the USA Softball National Team trials in June.

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 .296 batting average. The third baseman leads the squad in runs scored (38), doubles (15) and home runs (9). Burnum needs just five runs to break the OSU career record for runs scored of 103, 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. Burnum garnered second team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors for the second straight year on Tuesday. She is a three-time All-Pac-10 selection after picking up honorable mention accolades in her first season at OSU in 2001.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Junior pitcher Monica Hoffman boasts a 22-14 record on the season for the Beavers. Hoffman's 22 victories rank in fourth place in the OSU single season record book. The junior hurler's 163 strikeouts on the year move her career total to 460 which ranks in third place on the OSU career strikeout list. On the season she boasts a team-best 2.13 ERA in 41 appearances and 210.1 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 64 strikeouts in 132.1 innings of work on the season.

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: Oregon State currently holds a 21-16 all-time record in games played at the OSU Softball Complex. The Beavers boast a 10-15 mark against opponents ranked in the Top 25.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 10-21 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 preseason poll voted on by the Pac-10 coaches, Oregon State was tabbed to finish seventh in the conference. Last year's regular season champion, UCLA, was 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 287-262-3 and a 64-154 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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