Softball Heads to CSUF DiMarini Invitational
Feb. 24, 2009
LOOKING AHEAD -- The Oregon State softball team (7-8) heads back down to Southern California for the CSUF DiMarini Invitational, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The Beavers kick off the tournament on Friday against the Cal Poly Mustangs (4-5) and the UC Riverside Highlanders (2-9) at 1:30 and 3:45 p.m. On Saturday, the Beavers will take on the Indiana Hoosiers (1-10) and Nevada Wolf Pack at 3:45 and 6:00 p.m. And wrapping up tournament play, Oregon State will square off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-8) at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.
TRACKING THE BEAVS -- Full results from this week's games can be found through the newly redesigned www.osubeavers.com. Live stats are available for all of the games through GameTracker. GameTracker can be found by accessing the 2009 Oregon State softball schedule.
GAME 16: Cal poly mustangs (4-5) -- Friday, Feb. 27 (1:30 p.m.): Oregon State is 6-3 all-time against Cal Poly. The two teams last met on February 16, 2007, with the Beavers taking the win, extending their streak to four games.
Cal Poly is coming off of a 2-3 finish at the Cathedral City Classic last weekend, defeating Georgia Tech and Kansas. The team also forced the game against No. 9 Tennessee into extra innings, falling 8-6. Senior second baseman Stephanie Tam paces the Mustang offense with a .448 batting average with four doubles, adding seven runs and five RBI. Sophomore lefty Anna Cahn boasts the best record in the circle for Cal Poly, 3-2, with one combined shutout and 33 strikeouts on 38.2 innings pitched. Head coach Jenny Condon is in her fifth season, and the Mustangs are 4-4 at neutral sites.
GAME 17: uc riverside highlanders (2-9) -- Friday, Feb. 27 (3:45 p.m.): Oregon State is 5-0 all-time against UC Riverside. The two teams last met on February 8, 2009 at the Cathedral City Kickoff.
UC Riverside posts a 2-9 record going into this weekend's tournament. The Highlanders' wins have both been over San Diego in UC Riverside's home tournament. Senior outfielder Tiana Towns leads the Highlander offense with a .308 batting average with a double and two runs. She has batted in four on eight hits and three walks. Junior Marissa Alvidrez leads the team in the circle, picking up both wins and posting a 2-5 record. Alvidrez has pitched 47.0 innings, four complete games and has thrown 26 strikeouts. Head coach Connie Miner is in her sixth year, and the Highlanders are 0-6 at neutral sites.
GAME 18: indiana hoosiers (1-10) -- Saturday, Feb. 28 (3:45 p.m.): Oregon State is 1-1 all-time against Indiana. Oregon State won the last meeting on March 3, 2000.
Indiana's only win of the season came over UC Riverside last weekend at the Seminole Classic, hosted by Florida State. The Hoosiers not only picked up their first win but first shutout as well. Senior infielder Emily Bergeson leads the Hoosier offense with a .364 batting average. Bergeson has eight hits on 22 at bats with one double and two home runs, adding two runs and five RBI. Sophomore Sara Olson was the pitcher of record in the team's only win, posting a 1-2 overall record. Olson has 17 strikeouts on 24.1 innings pitched and holds opponents to a .262 batting average. Michelle Gardner is in her first season as head coach, and Indiana is 1-7 at neutral sites.
GAME 19: nevada wolf pack (7-7) -- Saturday, Feb. 28 (6:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 8-4-1 all-time against Nevada. The Wolf Pack picked up the win last year on February 15 at the Kajikawa Classic, but Oregon State took the meeting on March 2, 2007.
Nevada is coming off of a rough weekend at the Cathedral City Classic, where the team went 0-5, falling in close decisions in four games. Sophomore catcher Noelle Micka leads the team at the plate with a .432 batting average. Micka has 19 hits on 44 at bats with 13 runs. She has been walked seven times. Junior pitcher Katie Holverson is 4-4 on the season in the circle for Nevada with a 2.67 ERA. Holverson has two complete game shutouts, throwing 46 strikeouts on 42.0 innings pitched and holds opponents to a .234 batting average. Head coach Matt Meuchel is in his first season, and Nevada is 6-7 at neutral sites. The Wolf Pack host Sacramento State in a doubleheader on Tuesday before it heads to the tournament this weekend.
GAME 20: minnesota golden gophers (8-8) -- Sunday, Mar. 1 (9:00 a.m.): Oregon State is 7-4 all-time against Minnesota. The Beavers currently hold a four-game winning streak with the two teams last meeting on March 3, 2007.
Minnesota went 4-1 last weekend at the Islander Invitational, hosted by Texas A&M Corpus Christi, falling only to Pittsburgh in the tournament closer. Junior outfielder Heidi Carls leads the Golden Gopher offense with a .279 batting average with a pair of doubles, four runs and eight RBI. Senior Briana Hassett leads the team in the circle with a 1.34 ERA and an 8-3 overall record. Hassett has four complete game shutouts and has amassed 121 strikeouts on 80.1 innings pitched, holding opponents to a .141 batting average. Co-head coaches Lisa Bernstein and Julie Standering are in their 18th season at Minnesota, and the Golden Gophers are 5-3 at neutral sites.
looking back at last weekend -- Oregon State went 2-4 at the Cathedral City Classic, defeating Tennessee Tech and Kansas on opening day.
Senior Paige Lowe and the team set a new school record for double plays, turning four against Kansas.
Freshman Ashley Sanchez led the Beaver offense, hitting .438 and going 6-for-17 with one run and three RBI. Sanchez tallied her first hit of the season against Tennessee Tech.
major milestone -- Head coach Kirk Walker is only three wins away from tallying his 500th career win. Walker reached 400 on March 25, 2006, when Oregon State rallied for a 2-1 eight-inning win against BYU in the Beavers' home opener.
career watch -- Senior Paige Lowe has jumped onto the career stolen bases list with 26 currently in her career, good for eighth all-time.
school record defense -- Senior Paige Lowe and the rest of the team set a new school record for turning double plays against Kansas on February 19 with four. Overall, the team has turned 12 thus far on the season with Lowe helping to turn 10. The Beavers turned three against Arizona State on February 22, 2007 with DeAnn Young being apart of all three turned.
season openers -- Oregon State is 10-13 in its season opener since 1987. Under head coach Kirk Walker, the Beavers are 7-8. The last time Oregon State won its season opener was in 2005 at UC Santa Barbara.
POINTS IN THE POLL -- Oregon State received four votes in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, released on February 24. The votes tie the Beavers 35th. In the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, released February 24, the Beavers received three votes, good for 32nd.
tough competition -- The Oregon State softball team will continue with its tradition of a tough schedule. In 2009, the Beavers will face 18 teams from the 2008 NCAA Tournament (three of those being College World Series teams), 13 from the NFCA Preseason Top 25 with four of those being in the top 10. Oregon State will face three more that received votes in the poll.
PAC-10 PREVIEW -- Oregon State is predicted to finish tied for seventh this season with 10 votes in the Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll. UCLA was voted tow in the conference with three first place votes and 43 total points. Arizona State was second with 41 points and two first place votes, and Washington is predicted to finish third with two first place votes and 36 total. Arizona, Stanford and California follow, and Oregon was the other team to receive 10 votes.
TICKET INFORMATION -- Tickets are available for home softball games by walk-up purchase only at the OSU Softball Complex. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children. Admission is free for Oregon State students with valid ID card.
2008 RECAP -- The 2008 softball season was one full of expectations and record setting performances by the Beavers, led by senior utility player and two-time All-American, Cambria Miranda. Miranda earned her fourth All-Pac-10 nod with second team honors to lead four others on the All-Pac-10 teams. Junior Paige Lowe, who also was the lone Beaver to receive All-Pacific Region honors, sophomores Dani Chisholm and Kelly Dyer and freshman Erin Guzy all earned honorable mention. Guzy added Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team honors with Audrey Roderfeld joining her. Freshman McKenna Lowe earned All-Freshman Honorable Mention. Roderfeld was the lone Oregon State player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for Mar. 11-17. The 2008 season held highlights of nearly defeating the No. 1 team in the country, Arizona State, at home in a 12-inning thriller, taking the series from No. 23 Washington and Oregon and upsetting No. 3 UCLA in the final weekend of the season, but the team came up just short of its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance with a 28-31 record.
OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX -- The Oregon State softball complex opened in April of 2001. The $1.5 million dollar complex features 750 bleacher backed seats, a concession and restroom facility, as well as one of the top playing surfaces in the nation. The sunken dugouts each contain a restroom for players as well as large storage areas. The press box facility, one of the best in the Pac-10, allows ample seating for six scorers in the main booth with two smaller television/radio booths located on both sides. A state-of-the-art sound and public address system are housed in the press box. Oregon State has hosted seven fall tournaments since the OSU Softball Complex opened in 2001. The facility was home of the 2006 NCAA Regional and Super Regional Tournaments - with Oregon State winning both, and earning its first ever trip to the NCAA Women's College World Series. Additional bleacher seating was added for the NCAA postseason games and a plan is in the works to add lights to the facility.
what's next for the beavers -- The Beavers conclude tournament play at the Pepsi Malihini Kipi Aloha Tournament, hosted by the University of Hawai'i. Oregon State will face Mount Saint Mary's, Florida Gulf Coast, No. 25 Mississippi State, Santa Clara, Radford and Hawai'i in the four-day tournament.