No. 16 Softball Visits Vegas For UNLV Tournament

Feb. 9, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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No. 16 SOFTBALL TAKES 3-1 RECORD INTO THE UNLV TOURNAMENT; BEAVERS WILL FACE FIRST RANKED OPPONENT OF THE YEAR WHEN THEY MEET No. 18 NEBRASKA ON SUNDAY

Friday, February 11
No. 16 OSU vs. Utah - 10 a.m. PST (Las Vegas, NV)
No. 16 OSU vs. Texas Tech - 3 p.m. PST (Las Vegas, NV)
(UNLV Tournament - Desert Classic)

Saturday, February 12
No. 16 OSU vs. Louisville - 6:15 p.m. PST (Las Vegas, NV)
No. 16 OSU vs. UNLV - 8:15 p.m. PST (Las Vegas, NV)
(UNLV Tournament - Desert Classic)

Sunday, February 13
No. 16 OSU vs. No. 18 Nebraska - 11 a.m. PST (Las Vegas, NV)
(UNLV Tournament - Desert Classic)

ON THE DOCKET: No. 16 ranked Oregon State heads to the Desert Classic hosted by UNLV this week for five games. The Beavers face Utah (3-0) and Texas Tech (2-2) on Friday, before meeting Louisville (3-2) and UNLV (4-1) on Saturday. OSU closes tournament action with a Sunday showdown against No. 18 ranked Nebraska (0-0).

A REPEAT PERFORMANCE IS OKAY: Oregon State went 3-0 against this week's opponents last season. The Beavers topped University of Utah in a pair of extra inning games, and proceeded to upset No. 8 ranked Nebraska on the final day of UNLV's Desert Classic.

LAST YEAR AGAINST UTAH: Oregon State won the first meeting of the season against Utah in a 9-5 eight-inning thriller that opened the UNLV Desert Classic on Feb. 13, 2004. Vanessa Iapala led the Beavers to victory with a grand slam home run in the eighth inning. Iapala finished with five RBI on the day. Adrienne Alo also added a home run and Monica Hoffman earned the victory in the circle. The two teams met again on Mar. 12, 2004 at the Fresno State Tournament with OSU once again coming away victorious in the eighth inning behind Iapala's heroic. With the score knotted at 1-1 after seven innings of play, the Beavers put four runs across the plate in the eighth, helped in part by a 3-RBI double from Iapala. Iapala finished with two doubles on the day, while Mia Longfellow and Sherina Galvan each picked up two hits en route to the 5-1 OSU victory.

LAST YEAR AGAINST NEBRASKA: Brianne McGowan's fifth inning home run to left-center field provided all of the scoring, as Oregon State upset No. 8 ranked Nebraska, 1-0, on Feb. 15, 2004 in the final day of action at the UNLV Desert Classic. The victory marked the first for the Beavers against the Cornhuskers since the 1998 season. McGowan's home run was the first of her career.

LOOKING BACK AT THE UC SANTA BARBARA TOURNAMENT: Oregon State finished last week's UC Santa Barbara Tournament with a 3-1 record.
-The Beavers picked up their third straight season opening victory in a 7-3 win against tournament host UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 4. Junior Lisa Allen went a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with a pair of doubles. Sophomore Mia Longfellow added a double and an RBI, while Brianne McGowan recorded the victory in the circle and Ta'Tyana McElroy picked up the save.
-Oregon State pounded 13 hits en route to a 7-3 victory against New Mexico on Feb. 5. The Beavers had five different players (Mia Longfellow, Adrienne Alo, Kelly Petersen, Cambria Miranda, Ingrid Lochelt) pick up two hits on the afternoon. Junior pitcher Amy Klever earned the victory while striking out four in three innings of work.
-UC Santa Barbara scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to rally back for a 6-1 victory against Oregon State on Feb. 5. The Gauchos took advantage of four hits and a pair of OSU errors in the frame. Vanessa Iapala belted a home run in the fourth inning to give the Beavers the lead.
-Three home runs helped Oregon State close out tournament action of Feb. 6 with an 8-3 victory against New Mexico. OSU used a five-run second inning to put the game out of reach. The Beavers took advantage of five hits, including a 2-RBI double from senior Kelly Petersen and a 3-run home run from junior Lisa Allen. Adrienne Alo and Brianne McGowan also homered in the contest and McGowan picked up the complete game victory.

BOOMER'S BACK: Junior catcher Lisa Allen led the Beavers with a .583 batting average (7-for-12) over the first weekend of action. Allen also tallied three doubles, six RBI, and a home run over the first four games. Allen now ranks in 4th place all-time at Oregon State with 16 career home runs.

MIA-MIA: Sophomore Mia Longfellow finished the first weekend of play with a .462 batting average (6-for-13) and led the Beavers with five runs scored. Longfellow's 39 runs scored last season were the 4th highest total in school history.

HITTING THE CENTURY MARK: With her 2-RBI double against New Mexico on Feb. 6, Oregon State senior Kelly Petersen reached the 100 career RBI mark. Petersen is one of just four players to reach the century mark for runs batted in. She is currently tied with Steph Adams (2000-03) for 3rd place in the OSU career record book. If Petersen were to register the same 46 RBI she had a year ago, she would finish her career tied with Beaver All-American Tarrah Beyster (1997-00) as the all-time leader in RBI with 143.

FRESH START: Freshmen Stephanie Wagoner and Cambria Miranda started all four games for the Beavers last week. Wagoner hit .250 (2-for-8) with two RBI and two runs scored while starting at shortstop. Miranda, who started a pair of games in right field and two games at the designated player, held a .231 batting average (3-for-13) with two stolen bases.

STREAKS TO WATCH: Junior Vanessa Iapala and sophomore Mia Longfellow have hit safely in each of Oregon State's four games this season.

GOOD THIRD AND BAD FIFTH: After four games of action, Oregon State is outscoring its opponent 4-0 in the third inning, but the Beavers are being outscored by a 7-0 margin in the fifth inning of play.

AROUND THE BASES: Oregon State is 9-for-11 on stolen bases after just four games. Six different Beaver players have picked up at least one swipe in the young season. OSU finished the 2004 campaign with 60 stolen bases - including a school single season record of 16 steals by Mia Longfellow.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has an early advantage over its opponents in several statistical categories:
- Team batting average: .313-.259
- Runs scored: 23-15
- Hits: 35-28
- RBI: 18-12
- Home Runs: 4-0
- Total bases: 55-34
- Stolen bases: 9-2
- On base percentage: .394-.316
- Earned run average: 3.37-4.75

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: Oregon State currently holds a 33-25 all-time record in games played at the OSU Softball Complex. The Beavers boast an 11-23 mark against opponents ranked in the Top 25.

THE NUMBERS BREAKDOWN: Oregon State returns 12 players from last season's squad that finished with a 44-28 overall record and made its sixth consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearance. The Beavers reached the Regional Tournament championship game for a fourth time in the last six years, before falling to host University of Michigan. The Beavers return eight defensive starters from a year ago, as well as three pitchers that combined for 62 appearances.

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 defending national championship runner-up, California, was picked to finish first.

PAC-10 POSTSEASON: 2004 marked the sixth consecutive season that seven Pacific-10 Conference teams reached the NCAA Regional Tournament. Four squads reached the Women's College World Series and last year marked the 21st time in 23 years that the Pac-10 sent at least one team to the WCWS championship game and the 11th time that two Pac-10 teams faced each other for the title. The Pac-10 has won 17 NCAA softball championships since 1982 - more than any other conference. UCLA won the national title after defeating fellow Pac-10 foe California.

PAC-10 POWER: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads are currently ranked in the preseason USA Today/NFCA Poll, a listing follows: 1. California, 2. UCLA , 3. Arizona, 6. Stanford, 11. Washington, 13. Oregon, 16. Oregon State. For the fourth consecutive year, the Pac-10 had a pair of teams compete in the Women's College World Series championship game (UCLA and California). UCLA turned away California for the second consecutive year, en route to its 10th NCAA softball title.

IN THE DUGOUT: Crissy Buck, a former player for the 1999 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins, enters her third season at Oregon State. Buck was promoted to the first assistant position in September of 2004. A four-year letterwinner, Buck graduated from UCLA in 2002. Former Beaver player and assistant coach Heather Smith returns to the sidelines for her fourth season of coaching at Oregon State after taking a year off. Smith, the first recruit to sign a letter of intent to play for Kirk Walker, was a member of OSU's squad from 1995-99 and helped the Beavers make their first NCAA Regional Tournament appearance.

THE WORD ON WALKER: Head coach Kirk Walker is in his 11th 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 six consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearances. The winningest coach in program history, Walker, has an overall coaching record of 335-292-3 and a 68-171 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 serves 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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