No. 16 Softball Travels To Portland State For Double-Header

April 27, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

Oregon State at Portland State
- Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - Erv Lind Stadium - 5 p.m. (double-header)

SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE: Portland State enters the week with a 17-30 overall record. Annie Peccia leads the team with a .389 batting average and 19 runs scored. Three Viking players are batting above .300 on the year, as Maggie DeWall holds a .312 average with five sacrifices and Rose Rutledge chips in a .304 clip from the plate. Michelle Hext leads the squad with a 2.41 ERA and 10-14 record in 156.2 innings pitched. Hext has tallied 123 strikeouts on the season while allowing just 30 walks. PSU rides a three-game winning streak and has won six of its last seven games at Erv Lind Stadium.

BEAVERS AND VIKINGS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Portland State, 62-27-1 and is 23-5 against the Vikings with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU had won nine straight games against PSU until the Vikings earned a 3-1 victory in the second game of a double header on May 1, 2003 at Erv Lind Stadium.

JUST AS LONG AS THINGS STAY EVEN: Over the last seven 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, 2001 and 2003 campaigns.

OSU AND PSU EARLIER THIS SEASON: Oregon State swept the April 13 double-header against Portland State, 7-1 and 9-0, at the OSU Softball Complex. Senior hurler Monica Hoffman led the Beavers to victory in game-one with nine strikeouts, and OSU pounded 12 hits in the game, including five doubles. Sophomore Lisa Allen blasted the game-winning walk-off home run in the sixth inning of the nightcap and finished the day with a 6-for-7 clip from the plate, seven RBI, two doubles and a home run. Oregon State had 22 hits on the afternoon - including eight for extra bases - compared to Portland State's eight total hits.

PUSHING 40: Oregon State enters Wednesday's double-header at Portland State University with an overall record of 38-17. With a sweep, the Beavers would garner 40 wins for the fifth time in school history. The earliest that the Beavers have recorded 40 wins was on May 2, 1999 with a 5-3 victory at UCLA. OSU finished the 1999 season with a program-best 47-25 record.

BEAVERS IN THE TOP 25: Oregon State dropped one notch to the No. 16 spot in the April 21 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. The Beavers hold a 4-5 record against opponents ranked in the Top 10 so far this season. Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference teams rank in the Top 25; 1. Arizona, 3. UCLA, 4. California, 5. Washington, 10. Stanford, 13. Oregon, 16. Oregon State.

SUPER SACRIFICER: Freshman Mia Longfellow has tallied 15 sacrifices on the season, ranking second in the Oregon State single season record book. Alycia Stevens holds the school record for sacrifices in a single year, with 20 during 1996.

WHAT TO WATCH: Sophomore Vanessa Iapala is one of just three players in Oregon State history to record 40 RBI in a single season. Iapala enters today's game with 40 RBI, the OSU single season record is 48 - set by student assistant coach Shelly Prochaska in 2003.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Oregon State senior pitcher Monica Hoffman struck out 10 batters in six innings of work against Arizona State on April 25 - her fifth double figure strikeout performance of the season. With the 10 strikeouts, Hoffman moved into second place all-time at Oregon State with 698 K's in her career, surpassing All-American Tarrah Beyster's (1997-00) total of 694.

THE WORD ON WALKER: Head coach Kirk Walker is in his 10th 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 five consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearances. The winningest coach in program history, Walker, has an overall coaching record of 329-281-3 and a 66-158 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. He earned his 300th career victory when Oregon State completed a perfect game in an 8-0 victory against Saint Mary's on Feb. 8, 2004. Walker was selected as one of just 12 coaches named to the USA Softball National Team Coaches Pool, and will serve as an assistant coach for the USA Elite Team. 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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