No. 18 Softball Heads To CSUF Worth Tournament

March 3, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

No. 18 SOFTBALL TAKES 4-GAME WINNING STREAK INTO CAL-STATE FULLERTON WORTH TOURNAMENT; BEAVERS PLAY 5GAMES OVER 3-DAY SPAN

Friday, March 4
No. 18 OSU vs. Boston College - 11:15 a.m. PST (Fullerton, CA)
No. 18 OSU vs. Illinois State - 6 p.m. PST (Fullerton, CA)
(CSUF Worth Tournament)

Saturday, March 5
No. 18 OSU vs. Minnesota - 11:15 a.m. PST (Fullerton, CA)
No. 18 OSU vs. Pacific - 3:45 p.m. PST (Fullerton, CA)
(CSUF Worth Tournament)

Sunday, March 6
No. 18 OSU vs. Nevada - 11:15 a.m. PST (Fullerton, CA)
(CSUF Worth Tournament)

ON THE DOCKET: No. 18 ranked Oregon State heads to the CSUF Worth Tournament for five games this week. The Beavers face Boston College and Illinois State on Friday, before games against Minnesota and Pacific on Saturday. OSU will close out action on Sunday against Nevada.

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH: Oregon State has competed in the Cal-State Fullerton Worth Tournament the last three seasons.

PALM SPRINGS CLASSIC: Oregon State finished the second annual Palm Springs Classic at Big League Dreams with a 4-1 overall record. Junior Vanessa Iapala led the Beavers with a .400 (6-for-15) batting average and two doubles. Sophomore shortstop Mia Longfellow added a .375 (6-for-16) clip from the plate with seven RBI and four runs scored. Senior second baseman Kelly Petersen hit .364 (4-for-11) with four runs scored, while junior outfielder Adrienne Alo held a .353 (6-for-17) clip with a team-leading five runs scored and seven RBI. Sophomore hurler Brianne McGowan held a 1.79 ERA and finished the weekend with a 4-1 record.

DRAMATIC FASHION: Oregon State won a pair of games in its final at-bat during the Palm Springs Classic. Junior outfielder Adrienne Alo helped the Beavers recover from a two-run deficit when she belted a 3-run walk-off home run over the center field fence in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Beavers past Wisconsin, 8-7, on Feb. 25. Oregon State added to its dramatics when sophomore shortstop Mia Longfellow capped off a three-run rally when she belted her second home run of the day with a 2-run walk-off shot in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Beavers to a 6-5 victory against Mississippi State on Feb. 27.

100-100 CLUB: Senior second baseman Kelly Petersen became just the second player in Oregon State history (Shelly Prochaska) to score 100 runs and tally 100 RBI in her career. Petersen scored run #100 when she crossed the plate after hitting a home run against Ohio State on Feb. 26. The San Diego, CA, native needs just four more runs scored to become Oregon State's all-time leader and break Shawna Feldt's (1999-01) school record of 103. Petersen has scored 100 runs, totaled 105 RBI and hit 20 home runs - she ranks in 3rd place in the Oregon State career record book in all three categories.

RECORD BREAKER: Sophomore shortstop Mia Longfellow matched the Oregon State record when she belted a pair of home runs against Mississippi State on Feb. 27. The 5-1 Ramona, CA, native is one of seven players in Oregon State history to hit two home runs in a single game. Longfellow went deep in the fifth inning and then blasted a 2-run walk-off home run to right field in her next at-bat in the bottom of the seventh.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Sophomore Mia Longfellow leads the Beavers with 13 RBI on the season. The 5-1 shortstop totaled 11 RBI in 70 games a year ago. Longfellow has blasted three home runs on the season and is tied for the team-lead with 20 hits.

PINCH HIT PERFECT: Junior transfer Maggie DeWall went 2-for-4 (.500) from the plate and had a sacrifice at the Palm Springs Classic. DeWall sparked the Beaver offense when she roped a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning against Mississippi State on Feb. 27.

HOME RUN LEADER: Junior outfielder Adrienne Alo belted three home runs in Oregon State's five games at the Palm Springs Classic. Alo leads the Beavers with five home runs on the year and her 18 career bombs are tied for 4th in the OSU record book.

IN THE CIRCLE: Sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan leads the Beavers with an 8-2 overall record on the season to go along with a 2.62 ERA. McGowan has thrown seven complete games and has tallied 68 strikeouts in 74.2 innings of work. The Reno, NV, native ranks fourth on the team with a .289 (11-for-38) batting average.

ON A ROLL: Oregon State rides a four-game winning streak - its longest of the season - into the CSUF Worth Tournament.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season No. 18 ranked Oregon State holds a 1-3 record against teams ranked in the Top 25. 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.

GETTING THE 'K': The Oregon State pitching staff - Brianne McGowan, Ta'Tyana McElroy, Amy Klever - has struck out at least two batters in every game this season.

AROUND THE BASES: Oregon State is 27-for-29 on stolen bases on the season. The Beavers rank 2nd in the Pac-10 for stolen bases on the year and have gone 12 consecutive games without a runner being thrown out while attempting to steal. Ten different Beaver players have picked up at least one swipe on the season, with Mia Longfellow's 7-for-8 clip leading the way. OSU finished the 2004 campaign with 60 stolen bases - including a school single season record of 16 steals by Longfellow.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has an early advantage over its opponents in several statistical categories:
- Batting average: .290-.281
- Runs scored: 91-64
- RBI: 71-54
- Home Runs: 18-4
- Total bases: 208-162
- Slugging percentage: .486-.367
- Stolen bases: 27-9
- Earned run average: 3.29-4.70

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 Mar. 2 USA Today/NFCA Poll, a listing follows: 1. Arizona, 2. California , 3. Stanford, 4. UCLA, 14. Washington, 18. Oregon State, 21. Oregon. 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 345-298-3 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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