No. 16 Softball Looks To Extend 18-Game Winning Streak Against Oregon

April 5, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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No. 16 SOFTBALL LOOKS TO REMAIN PERFECT IN PAC-10 PLAY AND EXTEND ITS 18-GAME WINNING STREAK WITH A CIVIL WAR SHOWDOWN BEFORE HEADING TO THE DESERT

Wednesday, April 6
Oregon at No. 16 OSU - 4 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)

Friday, April 8
No. 16 OSU at No. 2 Arizona - 7:30 p.m. PDT (Tucson, AZ)
(Game televised on ESPNU)

Saturday, April 9
No. 16 OSU at No. 18 Arizona State - 7 p.m. PDT (Tempe, AZ)

Sunday, April 10
No. 16 OSU at No. 18 Arizona State - 1 p.m. PDT (Tempe, AZ)

ON A ROLL - 18 IN A ROW: No. 16 ranked Oregon State enters Wednesday's Civil War as presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers riding a school record 18-game winning streak. The Beavers were a perfect 11-0 in games played during the month of March and have not lost a contest since a 1-0 outing against No. 5 ranked Tennessee on Feb. 25 - a span of 40 days.

PAC-10 PERFECT: Oregon State enters the week as the only undefeated team - 3-0 - after the opening weekend of Pac-10 play. The Beavers opened the 2002 season with a school record four straight Pac-10 victories - taking three games from Oregon and then topping California.

BEST START AFTER 30: Oregon State is off to its best start in program history after 30 games played. The Beavers' current 24-6 overall record is one game better than the 1999 squad's start of 23-7. The 1999 team holds the school record for wins in a single season with 47.

A GLANCE AT OREGON: University of Oregon enters Wednesday's Civil War as presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers with a 22-10 overall record and 2-1 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play. The Ducks are coming off a double-header sweep of No. 7 ranked UCLA on April 2. The balanced Oregon offensive attack has six players batting above .300 with Kristi Leiter's .370 clip leading the way. Four different pitchers have seen action in the circle on the season with Amy Harris holding a 1.04 ERA and 11-4 record. Harris has 105 strike outs in 107.2 innings of work. As a team, UO is batting .293 while the opposition is hitting just .195.

CIVIL WAR SERIES NUMBERS: Against Oregon - OSU's longest running opponent at 145 games - the Beavers are 69-75-1, and boast a 21-16-1 record under the direction of head coach Kirk Walker. Oregon snapped an 11-game Oregon State winning streak with a victory in the 2003 Pac-10 opener and has been victorious in four of the last six games.

QUICK LOOK AT No. 2 ARIZONA: No. 2 ranked Arizona enters the week with a 28-3 overall record and 2-1 Pac-10 mark. The Wildcats will face No. 18 Arizona State on Wednesday. Four players are batting above .300 with speedster Caitlin Lowe's .514 clip leading the way. Lowe is 20-for-22 on stolen base attempts for the season. Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell boasts a 19-2 record with 0.72 ERA.

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 68-7, and the Beavers are 3-34 against the Wildcats with Kirk Walker at the helm. Arizona has won 16 consecutive games against OSU - the longest current losing streak the Beavers have against any squad. The last Beaver victory was a 4-0 win on Mar. 27, 1999 in Tucson. No current Oregon State player has ever beaten the Wildcats.

QUICK LOOK AT No. 18 ARIZONA STATE: No. 18 ranked Arizona State enters the week with a 26-9 overall record and 1-2 Pac-10 record. Freshman Mindy Cowles leads the Sun Devils with a .333 batting average, 10 home runs, and 30 RBI. A pair of ASU pitchers, Katie Burkhart (0.81 ERA) and Desiree Serrano (0.98 ERA) have shouldered the bulk of the load in the circle on the season. Burkhart, a freshman, has 147 strike outs and just eight walks.

BEAVERS AND SUN DEVIL SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona State leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 55-22, but the Beavers are 17-21 against the Sun Devils under head coach Kirk Walker. OSU has won four of the last six games played in Tempe.

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 6-3 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: All five of Oregon State's shutouts on the season have come during the current 18-game winning streak.

PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Junior first baseman Vanessa Iapala earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, while sophomore Brianne McGowan was named Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 29-Apr. 4. The honor is the second for both players and marks just the third time in school history that OSU swept the award. Iapala boasted a .538 batting average, three doubles, four RBI, and six runs scored in Oregon State's five victories last week. McGowan held a 0.88 ERA with 39 strike outs en route to a perfect 5-0 record. The Beavers' victory against No. 7 ranked UCLA on April 1 marked just the seventh time that OSU knocked off the Bruins in the 75-game series history.

FROM THE BATTERS BOX: Oregon State currently has eight players batting .300 or higher. Freshman Cambria Miranda leads the way with a .390 (23-for-59) mark from the plate and has hit four home runs. Junior first baseman Vanessa Iapala is batting .369 (31-for-84) with nine doubles and a current 8-game hitting streak. Maggie DeWall adds a .333 mark from the plate, while Mia Longfellow sits at .330 with 32 hits. Third baseman Sherina Galvan boasts a current 9-game hitting streak to go along with a .320 batting average. Junior outfielder Adrienne Alo and Brianne McGowan are each batting .312, while Lisa Allen is hitting .300. As a team, Oregon State is batting .299 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 21-2 overall record on the season to go along with a 1.81 ERA. McGowan has won 17 straight games and has struck out 116 batters in the stretch for an average of 6.8 K's per game. On the year, she has thrown 16 complete games and has tallied 164 strikeouts in 154.1 innings of work. McGowan became one of just four players (Crystal Draper, Tarrah Beyster, Monica Hoffman) to amass 20 wins in a single season - reaching the feat faster than any other player. Draper (2001) and Beyster (1999) hold the single season record with 28 victories.

BALANCE IS BEAUTIFUL: Seven different Oregon State players have tallied four or more multiple hit games and six different players have recorded four or more multiple RBI performances on the year.

SOLID DEFENSE: Oregon State's defense has committed just 10 errors during its current 18-game winning streak. The Beavers had 15 miscues during its first 12 games of the season.

LEADING THE PAC: Junior outfielder Adrienne Alo's 10 home runs on the season are tied for the most in the Pac-10, while sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan is the conference leader with 21 wins. Vanessa Iapala's nine doubles rank in second place and freshman Cambria Miranda ranks seventh with a .390 batting average.

IT'S A NUMBERS GAME: Oregon State is 21-1 on the season when scoring four runs or more... The Beavers are 17-1 when getting more hits than the opponent... OSU is 16-2 when scoring first... Oregon State is 12-1 when the opponent scores two runs or less... The Beavers are a perfect 15-0 on the season when leading after the third inning and are 4-0 when tied after the sixth inning.

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

AROUND THE BASES: Oregon State is 51-for-57 on stolen bases on the season. Eleven different Beaver players have picked up at least one steal on the season, with Mia Longfellow's 13-for-14 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 29 career stolen bases are just three shy of matching the school record of 32, held by Lianne Watanabe (1984-87). Junior Adrienne Alo is just two steals behind Longfellow with a total of 27 career swipes.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has an early advantage over its opponents in several statistical categories:
- Batting average: .299-.249
- Runs scored: 174-87
- RBI: 148-75
- Home Runs: 34-12
- Total bases: 383-282
- Slugging percentage: .485-.359
- Stolen bases: 51-13
- Earned run average: 2.47-4.96

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 109
- 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 seven other players)
- Brianne McGowan's 2 home runs against No. 17 Washington on April 2 (matches OSU record for home runs in a single game; also held by seven 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)
- Current 18-game winning streak is the longest in program history

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: Oregon State currently holds a 38-25 all-time record in games played at the OSU Softball Complex. The Beavers boast a 14-23 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 359-298-3 and a 71-171 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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