Fifteen Strong - No. 6 Softball Heads To Wisconsin For NCAA Regionals
May 18, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
No. 6 SOFTBALL MAKES SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE; No. 8 SEEDED BEAVERS FACE UW-GREEN BAY ON FRIDAY IN MADISON, WI
Friday, May 20
Wisconsin vs. DePaul - 3 p.m. PDT
No. 8 seed Oregon State vs. UW-Green Bay - 5:30 p.m. PDT
ALL GAMES WILL BE PLAYED IN MADISON, WISCONSIN
Live stats of games will be broadcast on the Internet at www.osubeavers.com
Tournament is double elimination and will run through May 22
BEAVERS IN NCAA REGIONAL ACTION: Oregon State is making its seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament and is looking to advance to the College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK, for the first time in school history. OSU has a 17-12 all-time Regional Tournament record. The Beavers have reached the tournament championship game in four appearances (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004).
NEW TOURNAMENT FORMAT: 2005 marks the first year in which the Regional Tournament field consists of four teams at 16 different sites. Last year, there were eight sites with eight teams at each regional. In the new format, the winners of the double elimination Regional Tournament will advance to play a best two out of three game series against one team in the Super Regional. The eight Super Regional champions will make up the field for the Women's College World Series.
SCOUTING WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay enters Friday's first round of the NCAA Regional Tournament with a 26-16 overall record. The Phoenix is making its first NCAA appearance after reeling off five straight victories and winning the Horizon League championship. Junior outfielder Rebeka Oestreich leads the team with a .312 batting average and 34 hits on the season. The balanced UWGB pitching staff has three players with nearly identical records. Senior right-hander Stephanie Hanson holds a team-best 1.83 ERA to go along with an 8-6 record. Hansen is also batting .300 on the season. As a team, the Phoenix is batting .251 while the opposition holds a .205 clip.
BEAVERS AGAINST THE FIELD: Here is a quick breakdown of Oregon State's record against the tournament field:
-Friday's first round game between Oregon State and Wisconsin-Green Bay will mark the inaugural meeting between the two schools.
-Oregon State holds a 4-1 all-time record against University of Wisconsin. The Beavers and Badgers squared off earlier this season on Feb. 25 at the Palm Springs Classic. Junior outfielder Adrienne Alo's 8th inning walk-off 3-run home run lifted OSU to an 8-7 victory. The win marked the start of Oregon State's school record 22-game winning streak. The Beavers held a 5-0 edge heading into the fifth inning, but UW rallied back for four runs and then knotted the score with a home run in the sixth. Wisconsin scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to take the lead before Alo's dramatic shot to center field ended the game. Of the 15 runs scored in the game, just four were earned.
-The all-time series between Oregon State and DePaul University is tied at 3-3-1. The teams last faced each other on Mar. 11, 2001 at the Fresno State Tournament. OSU earned the 1-0 victory as Steph Adams drove in Shawna Feldt for the game's lone run.
PAC-10 POSTSEASON: All eight Pacific-10 Conference teams have reached the 2005 NCAA Regional Tournament - marking the fourth time in conference history that every team reached the postseason. The Pac-10 has sent at least seven teams to postseason play in seven consecutive seasons. Last year marked the 21st time in 23 years that the Pac-10 sent at least one team to the Women's College World Series championship game and the 11th time that two Pac-10 teams faced each other for the title. The Pac-10 has won 17 NCAA softball championships since 1982 - more than any other conference.
REGIONAL SUCCESS: Senior second baseman Kelly Petersen has picked up at least one hit in 10 different regional games. The most experienced postseason player, Petersen has played in 16 NCAA games and holds a .279 batting average (12-for-43).
BEATING THE BEST: Oregon State has knocked off 16 nationally ranked opponents on the season, the list includes:
- No. 19 Fresno State (Feb. 17)
- No. 17 Washington (Apr. 3)
- No. 3 California (Apr. 16)
- No. 24 Pacific (Mar. 5)
- No. 25 Oregon (Apr. 6)
- No. 25 Oregon (Apr. 24) - DOUBLE-HEADER
- No. 23 Northwestern (Mar. 21)
- No. 2 Arizona (Apr. 8)
- No. 2 Arizona (May 1)
- No. 7 UCLA (Apr. 1)
- No. 17 Arizona State (Apr. 9)
- No. 2 California (May 7)
- No. 17 Washington (Apr. 2)
- No. 17 Arizona State (Apr. 10)
- No. 4 Stanford (May 8)
DID YOU KNOW: Oregon State was on a season-long five game losing streak heading into the 2004 NCAA Regional Tournament. The Beavers are currently riding a season-long four-game slide.
PAC-10 CHAMPIONS: No. 6 ranked Oregon State made history on May 14 when the Beavers earned a share of the Pacific-10 Conference title and picked up the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Oregon State won the tie-breaker between No. 2 ranked California, No. 3 ranked Arizona and No. 4 ranked Stanford to garner the Pac-10 automatic bid. The Pac-10 Championship is the first ever for the Beavers and marks the first regular season Pac-10 title for any Oregon State women's sports program. Oregon State captured the season series against five conference opponents (Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Washington).
BEAVERS IN THE TOP 25: Oregon State continued 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 dropped one spot to a No. 7 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll.
FACING THE BEST: So far this season No. 6 ranked Oregon State holds a 16-10 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.
RECORD WATCH: Junior Vanessa Iapala needs just three doubles to break the Oregon State all-time record of 42 and needs only three more runs to reach 100 in her career.
IN THE CIRCLE: Sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan has excelled 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 293 strikeouts are the most in OSU single season history. McGowan has picked up victories against 14 teams ranked in the Top 25 and she holds a 1.72 ERA. 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 and as of last week, ranked 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-DOWN: Oregon State is tied for the lead in the Pacific-10 Conference for doubles with 68 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 40 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 SHORT SCOOP: Oregon State is 27-2 when scoring first... The Beavers are 11-2 when scoring in the first inning, but just 12-8 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 18-2 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: .261-.238
- Runs scored: 240-143
- RBI: 204-130
- Home Runs: 51-27
- Total bases: 583-491
- Slugging percentage: .426-.358
- Stolen bases: 65-28
- Earned run average: 2.41-3.77
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.
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 375-306-3 and an 80-179 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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