No. 16 Softball Looks To Extend 11-Game Win Streak In Friday's Home Opener Against BYU
March 24, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Friday, March 25
Brigham Young at No. 16 OSU - 2 p.m. PST (Corvallis, OR)
Saturday, March 26
No. 16 OSU at Portland State - 2 p.m. PST (Portland, OR)
No. 16 OSU vs. Nevada - 4 p.m. PST (Portland, OR)
Monday, March 28
No. 16 OSU at Portland State - 5 p.m. PST (Portland, OR)
No. 16 OSU vs. Nevada - 7 p.m. PST (Portland, OR)
ON THE DOCKET: After playing its first 23 games of the season away from Corvallis, No. 16 ranked Oregon State opens action at the OSU Softball Complex with a double-header against Brigham Young University (16-3) on Friday. The Beavers head up the road for a pair of games at Portland State's Erv Lind Stadium on Saturday. OSU will face Portland State (5-12) followed by a game against Nevada (10-14). The Beavers will meet the Vikings and Wolfpack in a double-header on Monday as well.
SERIES NOTES: Oregon State holds a 5-1 all-time record against Brigham Young with Kirk Walker at the helm. The Beavers have won three straight against the Cougars since dropping the 2002 season opener. OSU is 24-6 in games played against Portland State under Walker and the Beavers have won 12 of the last 14 meetings between the squads. Both of PSU's victories in the stretch came at Erv Lind Stadium. Oregon State has never faced Nevada during Walker's tenure.
OSU-PSU TIES: Oregon State junior outfielder Maggie DeWall was a two-time All-Pacific Coast Softball Conference all-star outfielder for Portland State in 2003 and 2004. DeWall played in 102 games for the Vikings, making 100 starts, before transferring to OSU. Current PSU assistant coach Clare Burnum was an All-Pacific-10 Conference performer during her three-year career at Oregon State (2001-03). Burnum is Oregon State's all-time record holder for doubles with 44 and finished her career ranked in the top 10 in seven different OSU career batting categories.
KEEP COUNTING - 11 IN A ROW: No. 16 ranked Oregon State enters Friday's home opener against Brigham Young University riding a season-long 11-game winning streak. The current streak is just one game shy of matching the school record of 12 consecutive wins, set during the 2002 and 1999 campaigns.
HOME OPENER: Oregon State holds an 8-2 record in home openers under the direction of head coach Kirk Walker.
BEAVERS IN THE TOP 25: Oregon State moved up one slot to the No. 16 spot in the Mar. 23 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads currently rank in the Top 25; 2. Arizona, 3. California, 5. Stanford, 7. UCLA, 16t. Oregon State, 16t. Washington, 19. Arizona State. University of Michigan took over the top spot in the poll after reeling off 27 straight victories, marking the first time since the final poll of 2000 that a Pac-10 team did not hold the #1 ranking.
FACING THE BEST: So far this season No. 16 ranked Oregon State holds a 3-3 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.
FACT OF THE WEEK: Junior All-American Vanessa Iapala is a perfect 15-for-15 on stolen bases during her career.
FROM THE BATTERS BOX: Oregon State currently has six players batting .316 or higher. Junior outfielder Adrienne Alo leads the way with a .355 (27-for-76) clip from the plate to go along with 20 runs scored, eight home runs, and 21 RBI. Freshman Cambria Miranda ranks second on the squad with a .350 (14-for-40) batting average and has hit three home runs. All-American Vanessa Iapala is hitting .338 (24-for-71), while sophomore Mia Longfellow adds a .329 (25-for-76) clip and seven doubles. Lisa Allen (.318) and Brianne McGowan (.316) round out the plus .300 hitters. As a team, Oregon State is batting .291 on the year and all 11 players with hits on the season are batting at least .200.
IN THE CIRCLE: Sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan leads the Beavers with a 14-2 overall record on the season to go along with a 2.18 ERA. McGowan has won 10 straight games and has struck out 70 batters in the stretch for an average of 7.0 K's per game. On the year, she has thrown 11 complete games and has tallied 114 strikeouts in 112.1 innings of work. The Reno, NV, native ranks sixth on the team with a .316 (18-for-57) batting average.
GO DODGER GO: Freshman outfielder/designated player Cambria Miranda led the Beavers with a .667 (4-for-6) batting average in Oregon State's three victories last week. Miranda belted a triple and home run in the stretch and currently boasts a team-best six game hitting streak.
KEEP BOOM IN SIX: Oregon State is a perfect 10-0 on the season when Lisa Allen bats in the sixth spot in the line-up.
WHOA HAIR - THAT'S GOOD: Sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan is batting .563 (9-for-16) with runners in scoring position.
TALK ABOUT SUCCESS: Sophomore third baseman Sherina Galvan has successfully advanced runners in a team-leading 20 of 30 chances on the season for a .667 percentage.
IT'S A NUMBERS GAME: Oregon State is 15-1 on the season when scoring five runs or more... The Beavers are out-scoring their opponent, 25-2 in the second inning... OSU is 3-0 when tied after the sixth inning... Oregon State is 12-1 when tallying more hits than the opposition... The Beavers are 12-2 when scoring first.
AROUND THE BASES: Oregon State is 39-for-43 on stolen bases on the season. Eleven different Beaver players have picked up at least one steal on the season, with Mia Longfellow's 11-for-12 clip leading the way. OSU finished the 2004 campaign with 60 stolen bases - including a school single season record of 16 steals by Longfellow. Longfellow's 27 career stolen bases are just five shy of matching the school record of 32, held by Lianne Watanabe (1984-87). Junior Adrienne Alo is just one steal behind Longfellow with a total of 26 career swipes.
BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has an early advantage over its opponents in several statistical categories:
- Batting average: .291-.260
- Runs scored: 135-78
- RBI: 111-68
- Home Runs: 27-9
- Total bases: 298-228
- Slugging percentage: .489-.368
- Stolen bases: 39-11
- Earned run average: 2.86-5.02
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 107
- 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 POWER: 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.
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 352-298-3 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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