Brianne McGowan Named USA Softball National Player Of The Week

April 12, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - After a perfect 4-0 weekend from the circle, Oregon State sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan (Reno, Nev.) has been selected as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of April 4-10. A 1.08 ERA in 26 innings of work, the 6-2 right-handed pitcher recorded 30 strikeouts while leading the Beavers to their best ever Pacific-10 Conference start at 7-0.

'This is a great honor for Brianne and for our program,' said Oregon State head coach Kirk Walker. 'Brianne has thrown very well in some big games thus far. I am very excited for her to get this recognition. She is a big part of our teams overall success on the mound, at the plate, and in the dugout.'

'This means a lot to be picked out of all the players in the country,' said McGowan. 'I am really excited because our team played so well this weekend. I felt really confident in the circle because of the support from my team.'

A complete game victory including eight strikeouts, McGowan defeated No. 2 Arizona 1-0 leading the Beavers to their first victory against the Wildcats in 17 meetings, dating back to the 1999 season.

She opened the week by throwing a complete game one-hitter and striking out nine against in-state rival No. 25 Oregon, leading the Beavers to a 2-1 victory over the Ducks.

McGowan then pitched her 19th complete game of the year with nine strikeouts in a 3-2 victory over No. 17 ranked Arizona State on Sunday, helping the Beavers sweep the season series in Arizona for the first time in program history.

McGowan (25-2) has won 21 consecutive appearances and has helped Oregon State extend its school record winning streak to 22 games. The Beavers are off to their best start ever in Pac-10 action (7-0) and have matched their highest conference win total since finishing the 2002 campaign with a 7-14 mark.

The USA Softball National Player of the Week is designed to acknowledge outstanding athletic achievement by individuals on a weekly basis. Each recipient of the USA Softball National Player of the Week Award will receive an engraved plaque and will be national recognized for their accomplishments. A complete list of winners can be found on the USA Softball web site at

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