No. 17 Softball Rides 8-Game Winning Streak Into Sacramento State Tournament

March 16, 2005

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No. 17 SOFTBALL RIDES AN 8-GAME WINNING STREAK INTO SACRAMENTO STATE TOURNAMENT; BEAVERS HEAD TO CALIFORNIA FOR NINE GAMES DURING SPRING BREAK

Friday, March 18
No. 17 OSU vs. Long Island - 10 a.m. PST (Sacramento, CA)
No. 17 OSU vs. Iowa - 12:30 p.m. PST (Sacramento, CA)
(Capitol Classic)

Saturday, March 19
No. 17 OSU vs. Minnesota - 11:15 a.m. PST (Sacramento, CA)
No. 17 OSU vs. Sacramento State - 3 p.m. PST (Sacramento, CA)
(Capitol Classic)

Sunday, March 20
No. 17 OSU vs. Northwestern - 11 a.m. PST (Sacramento, CA)
(Capitol Classic)

Tuesday, March 22
No. 17 OSU at Saint Mary's - 12 p.m. PST (Moraga, CA)
(Double-header)

Wednesday, March 23
No. 17 OSU at Cal Poly - 12 p.m. PST (San Luis Obispo, CA)
(Double-header)

ON THE DOCKET: After taking 11 days off for finals, No. 17 ranked Oregon State wraps up preseason tournament action this week when the Beavers head to Sacramento for five games at the Capitol Classic hosted by Sacramento State University. OSU will face Long Island (2-11) and Iowa (18-3) on Friday, before games against Minnesota (13-11) and Sacramento State (13-11) on Saturday. The Beavers will close out tourney action on Sunday against No. 23 ranked Northwestern (13-6). Oregon State will continue its California spring break road swing with a double-header at Saint Mary's College (4-16) on Tuesday, before playing a double-header against former OSU associate head coach Jenny Condon's Cal Poly (13-10) squad on Wednesday.

EIGHT IN A ROW: No. 17 ranked Oregon State enters the week riding a season-long eight-game winning streak. The current streak is the longest for the Beavers since winning eight in a row to open the 2003 campaign.

DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State has reeled off a school record 12 consecutive victories on two occasions in program history. The Beavers won 12 in a row in 2002 as well as during the 1999 campaign.

TOURNEY COMPETITION: Oregon State holds a 2-0 record on the season against teams that it will face during the Capitol Classic this week. OSU routed Long Island by a 12-1 decision in five innings on Feb. 26 in the Palm Springs Classic. Sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan tossed a 1-hitter and Adrienne Alo finished with 3 hits, including a home run as the Beavers pounded a season-high 15 hits against LIU. The Beavers topped Minnesota by a 5-0 margin on Mar. 5 at the CSUF Worth Tournament. Maggie DeWall belted a double and scored a run and Kelly Petersen drove in a pair of runs for OSU and the Gophers committed four errors in the contest. Friday's game between Oregon State and Iowa marks the first meeting for the squads with Kirk Walker at the helm, while OSU is 1-2 against Sacramento State and 6-3 against Northwestern under Walker's direction.

SAINT MARY'S SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State holds a perfect 15-0 record against Saint Mary's College under the direction on of head coach Kirk Walker. The Beavers have won 16 straight games against the Gaels dating back to the 1993 season.

HELLO AGAIN: Wednesday's double-header at Cal Poly reunites Oregon State with former associate head coach Jenny Condon, who currently holds a 13-10 overall record in her first year at the helm of the Mustangs. Condon spent six seasons on the staff at Oregon State and helped lead the Beavers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999, as the squad set the school record for wins with 47.

WE'LL BE HOME SOON: After Oregon State's spring break trek to California, the Beavers will return home to open action in the OSU Softball Complex with a double-header against Brigham Young on Mar. 25. OSU will have played 29 consecutive games on the road before facing the Cougars in Corvallis.

FIRST THIRD: Oregon State holds a 14-6 overall record after its first 20 games on the schedule. The Beavers held an identical 14-6 mark during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. OSU has 40 regular season games remaining.

MAKING IT INTERESTING: Oregon State has won three of its last eight games on a home run in the final inning of action. 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. Sophomore Lisa Allen blasted a 2-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to lead OSU past Boston College by a 6-4 margin on Mar. 6.

FROM THE BATTERS BOX: Sophomore Mia Longfellow leads the Beavers with a .358 batting average (24-for-67) and six doubles. Junior Adrienne Alo is close behind with a .353 (24-for-68) clip from the plate, including a team-leading 17 RBI, 17 runs scored, and six home runs. Fellow junior Vanessa Iapala adds a .333 batting average (21-for-63) and five doubles. As a team, OSU enters the week hitting .286.

IN THE CIRCLE: Sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan leads the Beavers with an 11-2 overall record on the season to go along with a 2.28 ERA. McGowan has won seven straight games and has struck out 50 batters in the stretch for an average of 7.1 K's per game. On the year, she has thrown nine complete games and has tallied 94 strikeouts in 95.1 innings of work. The Reno, NV, native ranks sixth on the team with a .280 (14-for-50) batting average.

FAST FACT: Sophomore Mia Longfellow has hit safely in 14 of OSU's 20 games on the season. The Beavers hold an 11-3 record in games which Longfellow records a hit.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season No. 17 ranked Oregon State holds a 2-3 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.

KEEP THE STREAK ALIVE: 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 36-for-39 on stolen bases on the season and the Beavers have tallied at least one swipe in the five straight games. Ten different Beaver players have picked up at least one steal on the season, with Mia Longfellow's 10-for-11 clip leading the way. OSU finished the 2004 campaign with 60 stolen bases - including a school single season record of 16 steals by Longfellow.

JUST SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Oregon State is a perfect 7-0 on the season when Lisa Allen bats in the sixth spot and Ingrid Lochelt bats in the seventh spot in the line-up. The Beavers are also a perfect 5-0 when Maggie DeWall starts in left field.

MORE ON STARTERS: Senior second baseman Kelly Petersen and sophomore third baseman Sherina Galvan are the only two players to start every game of the season at the same position.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has an early advantage over its opponents in several statistical categories:
- Batting average: .286-.268
- Runs scored: 116-74
- RBI: 92-64
- Home Runs: 22-7
- Total bases: 253-203
- Slugging percentage: .469-.367
- Stolen bases: 36-11
- Earned run average: 3.05-4.77

SEASON RECORD BOOK: The following is a listing of records that have been tied or broken this season:
- Kelly Petersen broke the Oregon State career record for runs scored and currently has 104

- Mia Longfellow's 2 home runs against Mississippi State on Feb. 27 (matches OSU record for home runs in a single game; also held by six other players)

- Vanessa Iapala's 4 hits against Fresno State on Feb. 17 (matches OSU record for hits in a single game; also held by six other players)

- Adrienne Alo's 4 hits against Nevada on Mar. 6 (matches OSU record for hits in a single game; also held by six other players)

- 15 runs scored against Fresno State on Feb. 17 (matches the OSU record for runs scored in a single game)

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. 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. The Pac-10 has won 17 NCAA softball championships since 1982 - more than any other conference.

PAC-10 POWER: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads are currently ranked in the Mar. 16 USA Today/NFCA Poll, a listing follows: 1. Arizona, 2. California , 3. Stanford, 4. UCLA, 14. Washington, 17. Oregon State, 21. Arizona State.

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 349-298-3 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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