No. 18 Softball Continues Search For Win Number 40

April 29, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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No. 18 SOFTBALL SEARCHES FOR FIFTH 40-PLUS WIN SEASON; BEAVERS HOST No. 7 WASHINGTON AND No. 3 UCLA THIS WEEKEND AT THE OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX

Friday, April 30
No. 7 Washington at No. 18 OSU - 2 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)

Saturday, May 1
No. 3 UCLA at No. 18 OSU - 2 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)

Sunday, May 2
No. 3 UCLA at No. 18 OSU - 1 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)

A QUICK GLANCE AT THE HUSKIES: No. 7 ranked Washington enters the week with a 32-11 overall record and 6-4 mark in the Pac-10. Three Husky players are batting above .300 on the season with Kristen Rivera's .445 clip, 17 home runs and 46 RBI leading the way. Freshman Dominique Lastrapes holds a .358 average with 53 hits, while Amanda Oleson is batting .304. Ashley Boek leads the squad from the circle with a 1.66 ERA and 21-7 record. UW starts a seven-game road stretch on Friday against the Beavers. The Huskies hold just a .955 fielding percentage - lowest in the Pac-10.

OSU AND UW SERIES NUMBERS: Washington has won 12 of the last 17 meetings with Oregon State and leads the all-time series, 35-8, but the Beavers are 8-28 against the Huskies with Kirk Walker at the helm. Oregon State has won two of the last four games played against UW at the OSU Softball Complex.

KEEP THE STREAK INTACT: Oregon State has won at least one game against the University of Washington in each of the last five seasons.

A QUICK GLANCE AT THE BRUINS: No. 3 ranked UCLA enters the week with a 31-7 overall record and a 4-6 mark in the Pac-10. All seven of UCLA's losses have come at the hands of Pac-10 opponents. Five different Bruin batters are hitting above .300 on the year, led by Stephanie Ramos' .412 clip and 27 RBI. Caitlin Benyi adds a .369 average with a team-leading 15 home runs, while Jodie Legaspi is hitting .365. Lisa Dodd leads the squad with a 0.80 ERA and 12-2 record. As a team, the Bruins are batting .294 compared to their opponents' .158 clip from the plate.

OSU AND UCLA SERIES NUMBERS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 66-6, but the Beavers are 6-33 against the Bruins with Kirk Walker at the helm. UCLA has won 16 of the last 18 outings, but Oregon State knocked off the top-ranked Bruins by a 3-2 score on Mar. 14 in Fresno, CA. The Beavers are 1-3 against the Bruins in games played at the OSU Softball Complex - beating UCLA by a score of 2-1 on April 20, 2001 in the stadium's inaugural game.

FINDING FORTY: Oregon State enters the weekend needing just one victory to earn 40 wins for the fifth season in program 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. Oregon State has tallied 30 or more wins during six consecutive seasons.

NOW THAT'S A RECORD: Oregon State set a new school record with 18 hits at Portland State University on April 28. Seven different Beaver batters recorded multiple hits in the outing. The previous record for hits in a single game was 17, set at Stanford in a 9-inning game on April 5, 2003. The record-breaking game at PSU lasted just five innings.

BEAVERS IN THE TOP 25: Oregon State dropped one two notches to the No. 18 spot in the April 28 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. The Beavers hold a 4-6 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, 7. Washington, 9. Stanford, 11. Oregon, 18. Oregon State.

FROM THE BATTERS BOX: Four Oregon State players are currently batting above .300 on the season. Sophomore Vanessa Iapala leads the Beavers with a .377 batting average, 13 doubles, and 44 RBI. Junior Kelly Petersen ranks second on the team with a .316 clip, 39 RBI, and 37 runs scored. Freshman Mia Longfellow holds a .312 mark from the plate with 16 sacrifices and 14 stolen bases, while Lisa Allen adds a .309 average and nine home runs.

COMING ON STRONG: Freshman pitcher Brianne McGowan has won three straight starts for Oregon State since dropping a 5-3 decision at No. 5 Washington on April 18. In her last three games, McGowan holds a 0.41 ERA with 16 strikeouts and two shutouts. The 6-2 right-hander leads the Beavers with a 1.16 ERA on the season to go along with a 10-3 record.

RUNNING TALLY: Sophomore Adrienne Alo currently ranks in a tie for second place in the Oregon State single season record book with 39 runs scored. Alo needs just three more runs to surpass Clare Burnum's school record total of 41, set in 2003.

STEALING THE SHOW: Freshman Mia Longfellow broke the Oregon State single season record for stolen bases last week against Arizona State. Longfellow has 14 swipes on the season in 18 attempts. The 5-1 speedster also ranks second on the OSU single season charts with 16 sacrifices on the year. She needs just five more to surpass Alycia Stevens' record of 20, set in 1996.

THIS, THAT, AND THE OTHER: Sophomore Vanessa Iapala currently boasts a five-game hitting streak...Sophomore Lisa Allen has recorded five multiple hit games in the last 10 outings...Freshman third baseman Sherina Galvan is batting .500 (5-for-10) in the first inning...As a team, Oregon State is batting .313 with 17 doubles and 43 RBI in the opening inning...14 of Vanessa Iapala's 44 RBI on the season have come in the first inning...Vanessa Iapala ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 13 doubles and ninth with a .372 batting average...Freshman Brianne McGowan's 1.16 ERA ranks fourth in the Pac-10, while senior Monica Hoffman's 217 strikeouts rank third...The Beavers have reeled off 12 double-digit hit performances on the year.

'K' COUNTDOWN: Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman enters the weekend with 217 strikeouts on the season, tied for the third-highest total in Oregon State history. Hoffman needs just two K's to move into second place and surpass Crystal Draper's total of 218, set in 2002. Hoffman is one of just two players (Crystal Draper) in school history to record 700 career strikeouts. She enters the weekend with 704.

BRING 'EM IN: Sophomore Vanessa Iapala is one of just three players in Oregon State history to record 40 RBI in a single season. Iapala enters the weekend with 44 RBI, the school single season record is 48 -set by student assistant coach Shelly Prochaska in 2003.

HOME SWEET HOME: Oregon State's current 12-3 record at the OSU Softball Complex sets a new school record for the most victories at the stadium in a single season since opening during 2001.

LOOKING LONG, AGAIN: Oregon State is 26-4 on the season in games that at least one Beaver player hits a home run. The Beavers are 2-4 when hitting a homer against a Pac-10 opponent.

TWO IS NUMBER ONE: Oregon State leads the Pacific-10 Conference with 68 doubles on the season. The Beavers have belted at least one double in 37 games this season and tied the school record for doubles in a single game with five two-basers against Portland State on April 13.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman combined to pitch a perfect game with freshman hurler Ta'Tyana McElroy when the Beavers knocked off Saint Mary's by an 8-0 margin in five innings on Feb. 8. Hoffman holds the Oregon State record with four career no-hitters. She was named one of 25 players listed as a possible candidate for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award - considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball. Hoffman has five shutouts on the season and her 23 career shutouts rank 6th in the Oregon State record book.

700 K CLUB: With six strikeouts against Portland State on April 28, senior pitcher Monica Hoffman broke the 700 career strikeout barrier. Hoffman enters the weekend with 704 career K's - only three pitchers in Oregon State history have struck out more than 500 batters (Crystal Draper 809; Tarrah Beyster 694). On the season, Hoffman has tallied 217 strikeouts, while allowing just 60 walks.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has a significant advantage over its opponents in several statistical categories:
- Team batting average: .278-.202
- Runs scored: 245-117
- Hits: 398-276
- RBI: 210-104
- Home Runs: 40-15
- Total bases: 596-365
- Stolen bases: 51-30
- On base percentage: .362-.268
- Earned run average: 1.70-3.70

IN THE RECORD BOOK: Sophomore Vanessa Iapala's two home runs against University of Alabama-Birmingham on Feb. 7 and freshman Sherina Galvan's two home runs against Cal Poly on Feb. 14 moved both players into the Oregon State record book. With the addition of Iapala and Galvan, just six players in Oregon State history have blasted two home runs in a single game. On the season, OSU has hit two or more home runs during seven different games.

MORE RECORDS: With her five saves this season, senior pitcher Monica Hoffman became Oregon State's all-time saves leader. Hoffman has tallied a school record 11 saves in her career.

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: Oregon State currently holds a 33-19 all-time record in games played at the OSU Softball Complex, including a 12-3 mark this season. The Beavers boast an 11-17 mark against opponents ranked in the Top 25.

IMPRESSIVE FEAT: Prior to Oregon State's 4-2 exhibition loss to the USA Olympic Team on Feb. 22, the Olympic Team had won 119 consecutive games and had outscored the opposition 863-9. Team USA went 25-0 in its collegiate portion of the 'Aiming for Athens' tour - outscoring the opposition 229-9.

THE NUMBERS BREAKDOWN: Oregon State returns nine players from last season's squad that finished with a 36-31 overall record and made its fifth consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearance. Senior hurler Monica Hoffman is the lone player to see action in three postseason appearances, while 13 underclassmen dot the youthful roster.

PAC-10 COACHES POLL: In a preseason poll voted on by the Pac-10 coaches, Oregon State was tabbed to finish eighth in the conference. Last year's regular season champion, UCLA, was picked to finish first.

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. Four squads reached the Women's College World Series and last year marked the 20th time in 22 years that the Pac-10 sent at least one team to the WCWS championship game and the 10th time that two Pac-10 teams faced each other for the title. The Pac-10 has won 16 NCAA softball championships since 1982 - more than any other conference.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State holds a 5-10 record against teams ranked in the Top 25. Oregon State finished the 2003 season with a 12-23 record against opponents ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Poll Top-25. Of Oregon State's 67 games on the season, the Beavers faced ranked opponents on 35 occasions. Forty-three percent of OSU's opponents (17-of-40) were nationally ranked a year ago.

PAC-10 POWER: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads finished the 2003 season ranked in the final May 27 USA Today/NFCA Poll, a listing follows: 1. UCLA, 2. California , 3. Arizona, 6. Washington, 16. Oregon, 20. Arizona State, 23. Stanford. For the third consecutive year, the Pac-10 had a pair of teams compete in the Women's College World Series (UCLA and California). UCLA turned away the defending champion Golden Bears by a 1-0 score in 9 innings to earn its ninth NCAA softball title.

IN THE DUGOUT: Sixth-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, returns to the Beavers for her second season as assistant coach. A four-year letterwinner, Buck graduated from UCLA in 2002. Former Beaver standouts Shelly Prochaska and Steph Adams join the team as student assistant coaches.

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 330-282-3 and a 67-163 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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