No. 7 Softball Takes Pac-10 Lead To The Bay Area

May 5, 2005

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No. 7 SOFTBALL TRAVELS TO No. 2 CALIFORNIA AND No. 4 STANFORD WITH PAC-10 TITLE RACE ON THE LINE; BEAVERS HAVE LED THE CONFERENCE THROUGHOUT THE SEASON

Friday, May 6
No. 7 OSU at No. 2 California - 1 p.m. PDT (Berkeley, CA)

Saturday, May 7
No. 7 OSU at No. 4 Stanford - 1 p.m. PDT (Stanford, CA)

Sunday, May 8
No. 7 OSU at No. 4 Stanford - 1 p.m. PDT (Stanford, CA)

BIG WEEKEND: No. 7 ranked Oregon State continues to sit atop the Pacific-10 Conference standings. The Beavers hold a one game lead over No. 4 Stanford and are up two games against No. 2 California. With its victory against No. 2 Arizona on May 1, Oregon State has secured its first ever finish over .500 in Pac-10 play. If the Beavers sweep this week's series in the Bay Area and pick up one victory in its final three games, OSU is guaranteed to win its first Pac-10 title in program history.

BEAVERS AND BEARS SERIES NUMBERS: California leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 58-25, but the Beavers are 12-24 against Cal with Kirk Walker at the helm. The Beavers and Bears split the series in Corvallis earlier this season - marking the eighth straight year that OSU has picked up at least one victory from Cal. Oregon State has won five of the last eight games played in Berkeley. The Beavers are looking for their first series victory against the Bears since 2001.

BEAVERS AND CARDINAL SERIES NUMBERS: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State by a 26-20 advantage. The Beavers have an 8-25 record against the Cardinal under the direction of Kirk Walker. Stanford has won 15 of the last 17 meetings between the squads, including six straight games, dating back to a 15-5 9-inning OSU victory in Palo Alto on April 5, 2003.

BEAVERS IN THE TOP 25: Oregon State continues to advance in the national polls, garnering its highest all-time mark with a No. 7 ranking in the May 4 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. Seven Pacific-10 Conference squads currently rank in the Top 25; 2. California, 3. Arizona, 4. Stanford, 7. Oregon State, 14. UCLA, 20. Washington, 25. Oregon. The Beavers are ranked No. 6 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season No. 7 ranked Oregon State holds a 14-6 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.

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Oregon State junior catcher Lisa Allen earned Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week honors for April 26-May 2. Allen, from Canby, OR, finished the week with a team-leading .462 batting average (6-for-13), two home runs, five RBI, three runs scored, a double, and a 1.000 slugging percentage. In dramatic fashion, she belted a 6th inning two-out full-count bases loaded pitch over the centerfield fence for her first grand slam and 10th home run of the year, providing all of the scoring as Oregon State upset No. 2 ranked Arizona, 4-0, in Corvallis for the first time since 1989. The victory also marked the first time in program history that the Beavers won the season series against the Wildcats and guaranteed Oregon State its first ever finish over .500 in Pac-10 play. Allen also called all of the pitches behind the plate for hurler Brianne McGowan who amassed a career-high 12 strikeouts. The Pac-10 honor was the sixth of the season for the Beavers.

IN THE CIRCLE: Sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan has exeled all season in the circle. McGowan earned the victory in 21 consecutive appearances while Oregon State reeled off a program best 22-game winning streak from Feb. 25-April 15. The Reno, NV, native is the only pitcher in school history to amass more than 30 victories in a single season and her 31 wins on the year rank 3rd in the nation. McGowan's 263 strikeouts rank second in the OSU single season record book - just 25 shy of the all-time mark. McGowan has picked up victories against 12 teams ranked in the Top 25 and she holds a 1.29 ERA in Pacific-10 Conference games, helping the Beavers to hold the best ERA in the conference. Her career-high 12 strikeouts against No. 2 Arizona on May 1 led Oregon State to its first ever series victory against the Wildcats. McGowan has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week a school record four times this season and was the USA Softball Player of the Week for April 4-10.

DID YOU KNOW: A trio of current Oregon State players rank in a tie for second place on the OSU all-time home run chart. Senior Kelly Petersen and juniors Adrienne Alo and Lisa Allen have all totaled 25 home runs during their career. All-American Tarrah Beyster holds the school record with 52 homers.

GOING DEEP: Oregon State has belted 50 home runs over the first 48 games of the season - currently ranking 13th in the country. Nine different Beaver batters have gone deep on the season, led by Adrienne Alo's 12 home runs - the second highest single season total in school history. The OSU record for home runs in a season sits at 61, set during the 2003 campaign.

WANT TO WIN: Oregon State boasts a perfect 20-0 record on the season when junior catcher Lisa Allen bats sixth in the line-up.

GOLD GLOVE AWARD: Sophomore third baseman Sherina Galvan has a perfect 1.000 field percentage with nine put-outs and 24 assists during Pac-10 games. Galvan has committed just one error over the last 28 games, dating back to March 6. Galvan and second baseman Kelly Petersen are the only Beaver players to start all 48 games at the same position.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State's defense has committed just 38 errors on the season and the team holds a .974 fielding percentage. The school record for fewest errors is 47, set in 2000 when the squad had its best fielding percentage - .973. Oregon State's fielding percentage ranks 9th in the nation.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Oregon State is 27-1 on the season when scoring four runs or more... The Beavers are 32-4 when the opponent scores three runs or less... Oregon State is 30-2 when scoring three runs or more... OSU is 24-2 when getting more hits than the opponent... Oregon State is 26-2 when scoring first... The Beavers are 11-2 when scoring in the first inning... The Beavers are a perfect 22-0 on the season when leading after the third inning and are 6-0 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 62-for-71 on stolen bases on the season. Eleven different Beaver players have picked up at least one steal on the season, with Mia Longfellow's 16-for-19 clip leading the way. Longfellow matched her own school record single season mark with 16 steals and her 32 career steals are tied for the most in school history. Junior outfielder Adrienne Alo is just four steals behind Longfellow with a total of 28 career swipes. The Oregon State single season record for stolen bases is 67, set in 2003.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has an advantage over its opponents in several statistical categories:
- Batting average: .270-.232
- Runs scored: 232-114
- RBI: 196-101
- Home Runs: 50-19
- Total bases: 544-409
- Slugging percentage: .444-.335
- Stolen bases: 62-24
- Earned run average: 2.08-4.08

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 118
- Brianne McGowan broke the OSU single season record for victories and currently has 31
- Mia Longfellow tied the Oregon State single season record for steals with 16 and tied the career record with 32
- 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)
- Team's 22-game winning streak was the longest in program history

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: Oregon State currently holds a 43-29 all-time record in games played at the OSU Softball Complex. The Beavers boast a 17-26 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 373-302-3 and a 78-175 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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