No. 6 Softball Closes Out Regular Season At No. 21 Washington And No. 12 UCLA
May 11, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
PAC-10 TITLE REMAINS IN GRASP AS No. 6 SOFTBALL WRAPS UP REGULAR SEASON ON THE ROAD; BEAVERS FACE No. 21 WASHINGTON BEFORE A PAIR OF GAMES AT No. 12 UCLA
Thursday, May 12
No. 6 OSU at No. 21 Washington - 1 p.m. PDT (Seattle, WA)
Friday, May 13
No. 6 OSU at No. 12 UCLA - 3 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, CA)
Saturday, May 14
No. 6 OSU at No. 12 UCLA - 1 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, CA)
TITLE CHASE: No. 6 ranked Oregon State enters the final week of the regular season with a one-game lead over No. 4 Stanford in the Pacific-10 Conference standings. The Beavers need just one victory to match their highest conference win total (14) in program history. OSU has already secured its first ever finish over .500 in Pac-10 play. Oregon State has never won a Pac-10 title.
OSU AND UW SERIES NUMBERS: Washington has won 13 of the last 20 meetings with Oregon State and leads the all-time series, 36-10, but the Beavers are 10-29 against the Huskies with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU swept the series against UW in Corvallis on the opening weeked of Pac-10 play. The Huskies have dominated the series in Seattle. OSU's last victory came on May 3, 2003 when the Beavers upset the No. 5 Huskies by a 4-2margin to secure a fifth straight postseason appearance - the victory was just the second ever for Oregon State in the Emerald City.
OSU AND UCLA SERIES NUMBERS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 68-7, but the Beavers are 7-35 against the Bruins with Kirk Walker at the helm. UCLA has won 18 of the last 21 outings, but Oregon State has picked up victories against the Bruins in back-to-back seasons, including a 2-1 8-inning win in the Pac-10 opener on April 2. Oregon State has not won at Easton Stadium since the 1999 campaign - a span of eight games. The Beavers have been outscored by the Bruins, 56-6, in the stretch.
DID YOU KNOW: The last time Oregon State closed out the Pacific-10 Conference schedule with a victory was during the 2001 season. The Beavers earned a 1-0 9-inning victory against No. 6 California on May 12, 2001 at the OSU Softball Complex.
BEAVERS IN THE TOP 25: Oregon State continues to advance in the national polls, garnering its highest all-time mark with a No. 6 ranking in the May 11 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. Six Pacific-10 Conference squads currently rank in the Top 25; 2. California, 3. Arizona, 4. Stanford, 6. Oregon State, 12. UCLA, 21. Washington. The Beavers are also ranked No. 6 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll.
FACING THE BEST: So far this season No. 6 ranked Oregon State holds a 16-7 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.
THIS, THAT, AND THE OTHER: Junior Vanessa Iapala needs just three doubles to break the Oregon State all-time record of 42... Iapala needs only three more RBI for 100 in her career... Sophomore Brianne McGowan needs to pitch one complete game to match the Oregon State single season record of 30... McGowan needs to pitch 11 innings to hold the OSU single season record... McGowan also needs just nine strikeouts to break the single season record of 287... Junior catcher Lisa Allen leads the Beavers with 13 multiple hit games and 10 multiple RBI outings... Oregon State has gone five straight games without committing an error... The Beavers hold a 16-2 record in games played on the road.
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 33 wins on the year rank 2nd in the nation. McGowan's 279 strikeouts rank second in the OSU single season record book - just 9 shy of the all-time mark. McGowan has picked up victories against 14 teams ranked in the Top 25 and she holds a 1.28 ERA in Pacific-10 Conference games, helping the Beavers to hold the second-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. She has been invited to participate in the USA Softball National Team Selection Camp, June 13-17.
GOING DEEP: Oregon State has belted 51 home runs on the season - an average of one homer per game. The Beavers currently rank 13th in the country for home runs. Nine different Beaver batters have gone deep on the season, led by Adrienne Alo's 13 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.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE: Oregon State leads the Pacific-10 Conference in doubles with 67 on the season. The Beavers have had 10 different players hit two or more doubles on the year and junior Vanessa Iapala's 15 two-basers are the most in the Pac-10.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State's defense has committed just 38 errors on the season and the team holds a .975 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 7th in the nation.
THE PAC-10'S BEST: Oregon State leads all Pacific-10 Conference teams with a .985 fielding percentage during Pac-10 games. The Beavers have committed just eight errors in 18 conference outings.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Oregon State is 25-1 on the season when scoring five runs or more... The Beavers are 34-4 when the opponent scores three runs or less... Oregon State is 30-3 when scoring three runs or more... OSU is 25-3 when getting more hits than the opponent... Oregon State is 27-2 when scoring first... The Beavers are 11-2 when scoring in the first inning, but just 12-6 when the opposition scores in the opening inning... The Beavers are a perfect 22-0 on the season when leading after the third inning and are 7-0 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. The Beavers are 18-1 on the year when striking out eight or more batters.
AROUND THE BASES: Oregon State is 65-for-75 on stolen bases on the season. Eleven different Beaver players have picked up at least one steal on the season, with Mia Longfellow's school record 17-for-20 clip leading the way. Longfellow not only broke her own Oregon State single season record with 17 swipes, but also broke the career stolen bases record with a total of 33. Junior outfielder Adrienne Alo is just five 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: .267-.230
- Runs scored: 239-120
- RBI: 203-107
- Home Runs: 51-22
- Total bases: 573-439
- Slugging percentage: .438-.338
- Stolen bases: 65-24
- Earned run average: 2.07-3.95
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
- Mia Longfellow broke the Oregon State career record for stolen bases and currently has 33
- Mia Longfellow broke the OSU single season record for stolen bases and currently has 17
- Brianne McGowan broke the OSU single season record for victories and currently has 33
- 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. OSU finished the 2005 regular season campaign with a 10-4 record in home games.
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 375-303-3 and an 80-176 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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