No. 16 Ranked Softball Travels To San Diego State For Campbell-Cartier Classic

Feb. 16, 2005

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No. 16 SOFTBALL LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TRACK AT CAMPBELL-CARTIER CLASSIC IN SAN DIEGO; BEAVERS PLAY SIX GAMES INCLUDING THREE AGAINST TOP-25 TEAMS

Thursday, February 17
No. 16 OSU vs. No. 19 Fresno State - 4 p.m. PST (San Diego, CA)
No. 16 OSU vs. San Diego State - 6 p.m. PST (San Diego, CA)
(Campbell-Cartier Classic - hosted by San Diego State)

Friday, February 18
No. 16 OSU vs. No. 7 Georgia - 10 a.m. PST (San Diego, CA)
No. 16 OSU vs. No. 20 Long Beach State - 12 p.m. PST (San Diego, CA)
(Campbell-Cartier Classic - hosted by San Diego State)

Saturday, February 19
No. 16 OSU vs. Florida International - 9 a.m. PST (San Diego, CA)
(Campbell-Cartier Classic - hosted by San Diego State)

Sunday, February 20
No. 16 OSU vs. Santa Clara - 1 p.m. PST (San Diego, CA)
(Campbell-Cartier Classic - hosted by San Diego State)

ON THE DOCKET: No. 16 ranked Oregon State heads to the Campbell-Cartier Classic hosted by San Diego State University for six games this week. Tournament action runs from Thursday-Sunday. The Beavers face No. 19 ranked Fresno State (0-0) and San Diego State (9-1) on Thursday, before meeting No. 7 Georgia (5-5) and No. 20 Long Beach State (7-3) on Friday. OSU will play a single game on Saturday against Florida International (11-2) and will close action on Sunday against Santa Clara University (5-5).

LET'S JUST STAY PERFECT: Oregon State has never lost games to Santa Clara (7-0), Georgia (1-0), or Florida International (1-0) in the history of the program.

MORE SERIES NOTES: Oregon State has lost eight of its last nine games against Fresno State University. The Bulldogs hold a 17-5 all-time advantage in the series and OSU is 2-8 against FSU with Kirk Walker at the helm. Fresno State has won two straight in the series, with Oregon State's most recent victory coming on Feb. 24, 2001 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Beavers handed the No. 8 ranked Bulldogs their first loss of the season with a 3-1 victory. Earlier in the day, OSU knocked off San Diego State by a 5-2 margin. Thursday's opening day of action at the Campbell-Cartier Classic pits OSU against Fresno State, followed by a contest against host San Diego State.

ROUGH START: With its 4-3 record over the first seven games on the season, Oregon State is off to its slowest start since opening the 1997 campaign with a 3-4 mark.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season No. 16 ranked Oregon State holds an 0-1 record against teams ranked in the Top 25. The Beavers will face three teams this week with a Top 25 ranking - No. 19 Fresno State, No. 7 Georgia, and No. 20 Long Beach State. Oregon State finished the 2004 season with seven victories against opponents ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Poll. Of Oregon State's 72 games on the season, the Beavers faced ranked opponents on 27 occasions.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Senior utility player Alana Mendoza hit .429 (3-for-7) in Oregon State's three games at the UNLV Desert Classic last week. Mendoza belted a pair of doubles, including knocking in the game-winning RBI in the seventh inning against UNLV on Feb. 12. Mendoza made a team-leading 22 put-outs while seeing action in the field at first base. She currently holds a three-game hitting streak.

THAT'S A FIRST: Freshman right fielder Cambria Miranda belted her first career home run with a solo shot to lead-off the third inning against No. 18 ranked Nebraska on Feb. 13. Miranda finished the weekend with a team-leading .500 (2-for-4) batting average. On the season, she is hitting .294 (5-for-17) and is a perfect 2-for-2 on stolen bases.

GET `EM ON AND MOVE `EM UP: Sophomore left fielder Mia Longfellow is batting .750 (3-for-4) with runners in scoring position. Longfellow ranks second on the team with a .333 (7-for-21) batting average, and leads the Beavers with five runs scored and three sacrifices.

HOMER HAPPY: Junior outfielder Adrienne Alo and sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan have both belted a pair of home runs on the season. The Beavers have seven home runs over the first seven games. OSU hurlers - McGowan, Amy Klever, and Ta'Tyana McElroy - have yet to yield a home run by the opposition.

RBI COUNTDOWN: 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.

LEADERS OF THE PAC: Junior Lisa Allen is currently tied for the lead in the Pacific-10 Conference for doubles on the season with three, while sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan ranks fifth in the conference with 22 strikeouts.

DON'T PLEAD THE FIFTH: Oregon State has yet to score a run in the fifth inning after seven games of the season. The Beavers have been outscored by a 9-0 margin in the fifth.

AROUND THE BASES: Oregon State is 10-for-12 on stolen bases after its first seven games. Seven 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:
- Runs scored: 30-25
- RBI: 24-19
- Home Runs: 7-0
- Total bases: 78-67
- Stolen bases: 10-4
- Earned run average: 2.92-3.57

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 339-295-3 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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