No. 13 Softball Takes 22-Game Winning Streak Into The Week Against PSU And The Bay Area Schools

April 12, 2005


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Wednesday, April 13
Portland State at No. 13 OSU - 3 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)

Friday, April 15
No. 8 Stanford at No. 13 OSU - 3 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)

Saturday, April 16
No. 3 California at No. 13 OSU - 1 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)

Sunday, April 17
No. 3 California at No. 13 OSU - 1 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)

KEEP `EM COMING - WIN STREAK EXTENDS TO 22 GAMES: No. 13 ranked Oregon State enters Wednesday's double-header against Portland State riding a school record 22-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 48 days.

PAC-10 PERFECT: Oregon State enters the week as the only undefeated team in Pacific-10 Conference games with a perfect 7-0 record. The Beavers are off to their best conference start in program history and already have compiled their most Pac-10 wins since finishing the 2002 season with a 7-14 mark.

PUSHING 30: Oregon State enters the week with a 28-6 overall record and 22 regular season games remaining on its schedule. The Beavers have recorded 30 or more victories in six straight seasons. OSU set the school single season record with 47 wins during the 1999 campaign.

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, before transferring to OSU. In her first games against the Vikings, DeWall went 6-for-7 from the plate in a double-header at PSU on March 30. Current Viking 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.

BEAVERS AND VIKINGS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State holds a 65-28-1 all-time record against Portland State and is 26-6 with Kirk Walker at the helm. The Beavers have won 14 of the last 16 meetings between the squads. Both of PSU's victories in the stretch came in Portland at Erv Lind Stadium.

THAT'S ODD - THE YEAR, THAT IS: Oregon State pitchers have thrown a no-hitter against Portland State on two separate occasions at the OSU Softball Complex (Crystal Draper in 2001 and Monica Hoffman in 2003).

QUICK LOOK AT No. 8 STANFORD: No. 8 ranked Stanford enters the week with a 28-7 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Cardinal have seven players batting over .300 and are hitting .303 as a team, compared to its opponents' .192 clip. Stanford's pitching rotation includes three players with Becky McCullough's 1.63 ERA and 10-1 record leading the way. The Cardinal staff holds a 1.67 ERA.

BEAVERS AND CARDINAL SERIES NUMBERS: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State by a slim, 25-20 advantage. The Beavers have an 8-24 record against the Cardinal under the direction of Kirk Walker. Stanford has won 14 of the last 16 meetings between the squads, including five straight at the OSU Softball Complex.

QUICK LOOK AT No. 3 CALIFORNIA: No. 3 ranked California enters the week with a 35-5 overall record and 4-2 Pac-10 mark. The Golden Bears are batting .314 as a team while the opposition is hitting just .148. Cal has recorded 74 stolen bases on the year with 11 different players getting in on the action. Kelly Anderson (19-1) and Kristina Thorson (15-4) are sharing the bulk of the pitching load. Anderson holds a 0.89 ERA and Thorson has 142 strikeouts compared to just 15 walks.

BEAVERS AND BEARS SERIES NUMBERS: California leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 57-24, but the Beavers are 11-23 against Cal with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU has won four of the last six games against the Bears in Corvallis. Oregon State has recorded at least one victory against California during each of the last seven seasons.

BEAVERS IN THE TOP 25: Oregon State moved up three positions to the No. 13 spot in the April 6 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. All eight Pacific-10 Conference squads rank in the Top 25; 2. Arizona, 3. California, 8. Stanford, 12. UCLA, 13. Oregon State, 17. Arizona State, 20. Washington, 25. Oregon. 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. 13 ranked Oregon State holds a 10-3 record against teams ranked in the Top 25, including nine straight victories over ranked opponents. 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: Oregon State is a perfect 6-0 in games played in Corvallis on the season - the Beavers' longest winning streak ever at the OSU Softball Complex. OSU reeled off six straight home victories during the 1999 campaign when games were played at Ropes-Fetrow Field.

TOO GOOD TO GET RID OF: All six of Oregon State's shutouts on the season have come during the current 22-game winning streak.

PAC-10 PITCHER AND NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for the third time in the past four weeks and was named the USA Softball National Player of the Week for April 4-12. The 6-2 hurler led the Beavers to four victories last week, including Oregon State's first ever sweep at the Arizona schools and first victory against No. 2 ranked Arizona in 17 meetings, dating back to 1999. McGowan held a 1.08 ERA and recorded 30 strikeouts en route to earning her 21st consecutive victory.

FROM THE BATTERS BOX: Oregon State currently has four players batting above .300. Freshman Cambria Miranda leads the way with a .377 (26-for-69) mark from the plate and has hit five home runs. Junior first baseman Vanessa Iapala ranks second on the team with a .333 (32-for-96) batting average and leads the squad with 10 doubles. Sophomore shortstop Mia Longfellow holds a .324 (35-for-108) clip from the plate with eight doubles and 21 RBI, while Maggie DeWall is batting .304 (14-for-46) with three doubles.

IN THE CIRCLE: Sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan leads the Beavers with a 25-2 overall record on the season to go along with a 1.71 ERA. McGowan has won 21 straight games and has struck out 146 batters in the stretch for an average of 7.0 K's per game. On the year, she has thrown 19 complete games and has tallied 194 strikeouts in 180.1 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. Her 25 victories on the year rank in a tie for 5th place on the OSU single season chart with Monica Hoffman (2004). McGowan's 194 K's rank 6th on the single season strikeout chart.

HOMER HAPPY: Oregon State has belted 40 home runs over the first 34 games of the season. The Beavers have also hit 10 home runs in their seven Pac-10 contests. The school record for home runs sits at 61, set during the 2003 season.

SOLID DEFENSE: Oregon State's defense has committed just 12 errors during its current 22-game winning streak. The Beavers had 15 miscues during its first 12 games of the season.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Oregon State is 22-1 on the season when scoring four runs or more... The Beavers are 23-1 when the opponent scores three runs or less... OSU is 18-1 when getting more hits than the opponent... Oregon State is 14-1 when its opponent commits one error... OSU is 19-2 when scoring first... The Beavers are 10-2 when scoring in the first inning... The Beavers are a perfect 17-0 on the season when leading after the third inning and are 5-0 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 53-for-59 on stolen bases on the season. Eleven different Beaver players have picked up at least one steal on the season, with Mia Longfellow's 14-for-15 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 30 career stolen bases are just two shy of matching the school record of 32, held by Lianne Watanabe (1984-87). Junior Adrienne Alo is just three 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: .285-.242
- Runs scored: 188-91
- RBI: 157-79
- Home Runs: 40-12
- Total bases: 420-303
- Slugging percentage: .475-.343
- Stolen bases: 53-19
- Earned run average: 2.30-4.70

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 111
- 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 22-game winning streak is the longest in program history

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: Oregon State currently holds a 39-25 all-time record in games played at the OSU Softball Complex, including a perfect 6-0 mark this season. The Beavers boast a 15-23 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 363-298-3 and a 74-171 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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