Softball Wraps Up Tournaments at Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha
March 3, 2009
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (10-10) heads to the University of Hawai’i for the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament. The Beavers will face the Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers (1-3) and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (19-4) on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Next, the team will square off against the Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-3) on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and the Santa Clara Broncos (1-8) at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Oregon State wraps up the tournament against the Radford Highlanders (4-2) and the Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine (6-11) on Sunday at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. All times are listed as Pacific.
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. Radio will also be available through http://www.espn1420am.com/, the local ESPN flagship station.
GAME 21: mount saint mary’s mountaineers (1-3) — Thursday, Mar. 5 (12:00 p.m.): Oregon State and Mount Saint Mary’s will meet for the first time on Thursday.
Mount Saint Mary’s opened play for the season last weekend at the Hawai’i Invitational, going 1-3 defeating Western Carolina in the final game of the tournament, but the team also fell to the Tokyo Women’s College of Physical Education. Freshman utility player Taylor Beebe leads the team’s offense, batting .571 with a pair of doubles and runs. Senior Jamie Fowler leads Mount Saint Mary’s in the circle, picking up the team’s only win for a 1-1 overall record. She has scattered 11 strikeouts over 13.0 innings of work. The Mountaineers are 1-1 in neutral sites and are led by Larry Alvis in his fifth season.
GAME 22: florida gulf coast eagles (19-4) — Thursday, Mar. 5 (2:00 p.m.): Oregon State and Florida Gulf Coast will meet for the first time on Thursday.
Florida Gulf Coast is currently riding an 11-game winning streak going into this weekend. The Eagles run-ruled four of their games last weekend in the FGCU Spring Break Tournament of the six total. Senior third baseman Cheyenne Jenks is batting .500 on the season to lead the offense with five doubles, nine home runs and 27 runs scored. She has 31 RBI, walked 20 times and is 2-for-2 in stolen bases. Junior Catherine McDaniel controls the tempo for the Eagles in the circle, boasting a perfect 9-0 record with a 1.84 ERA. She has three complete game shutouts and has 58 strikeouts on 49.1 innings pitched. Florida Gulf Coast is 8-1 at neutral sites, and head coach Dave Deiros is in his seventh season.
GAME 23: no. 25 mississippi state bulldogs (11-3) — Friday, Mar. 6 (5:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 3-0 all-time against Mississippi State. The two teams last met on February 27, 2005.
Mississippi State was rained out last weekend at the NFCA Leadoff Classic after falling 7-0 to Ohio State in the team’s opening game. The loss to the Buckeyes snapped an eight-game winning streak. Junior two-time All-American catcher Chelsea Bramlett leads the Bulldog offense with a .512 batting average, amassing a triple on her 22 hits, scoring 17 runs and stealing 20 bases of 21 attempts. Senior Kelsey Nurnberg is the top pitcher for Mississippi State, posting a 6-0 record with a 1.35 ERA. Nurnberg has three combined shutouts on nine total appearances and has tallied 29 strikeouts on 36.1 innings pitched. Jay Miller is in his sixth season as head coach of the Bulldogs. Mississippi State is 2-1 at neutral sites this season.
GAME 24: Santa clara broncos (1-8) — Saturday, Mar. 7 (11:00 a.m.): Oregon State is 15-2 all-time against Santa Clara. Oregon State currently holds a seven-game winning streak with the two teams last meeting on January 30, 2004.
Santa Clara is currently on a five-game losing streak after falling in all four at the San Diego Classic last weekend. Sophomore Jenna Fong is currently batting .429 with a double and a pair of runs. Fong also posts the team’s lowest ERA in the circle but is 0-5. Junior pitcher Lauren Passafuime was the pitcher of record in the team’s solo win, with a 1-1 overall record. The Broncos are 0-3 at neutral sites this season. Lisa Mize is in her second season as head coach of the program.
GAME 25: radford highlanders (4-2) — Sunday, Mar. 8 (3:00 p.m.): Oregon State and Radford will meet for the first time on Sunday.
Radford got in one game last weekend at the Frost Classic, hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, falling to UT-Martin, 9-1 in six innings. At the Georgia Southern Eagle Classic the weekend before, the team went 4-1, coming up short only against Mercer in the season opener. Junior outfielder Hope Creasy is hitting .438 this season with a double, triple and home run on her seven hits with seven RBI and two runs. Sophomore pitcher Kellie Snooks leads the Highlanders in the circle with a 2-0 record and 1.26 ERA on five appearances. In 16.2 innings of work she has fanned 11 with only one game started. Head coach Mickey Dean is in his third season. And Radford is 3-2 at neutral sites.
GAME 26: hawai’i rainbow wahine (6-11) — Sunday, Mar. 8 (7:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 5-9 all-time against Hawai’i. The Rainbow Wahine have taken the last four meetings with the Beavers’ last win being on March 25, 2000.
Hawai’i is looking to extend its winning streak this weekend after winning its last six, including a pair of games over the Tokyo Women’s College of Physical Education. Prior to the first win of the streak, the Rainbow Wahine had battled to an extra innings game against then-ranked No. 1 Alabama, but lost 1-0 in eight innings. Senior outfielder Tanisha Milca is the biggest offensive threat for the team currently with a .480 batting average with two doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI and 16 runs. And she has walked 11 times. In the circle, senior Courtney Baughman posts the best record, winning four of nine, with a 3.12 ERA and one shutout. She has fanned 36 total on the season. Hawai’i is 4-4 at home with head coach Bob Coolen in his 20th season.
looking back at last weekend — Oregon State went 3-2 at the CSUF DiMarini Invitational, picking up wins over UC Riverside, 9-0, Indiana, 8-7, and Minnesota, 4-1. The Beavers fell in identical 3-0 finals to Nevada and Cal Poly.
Freshman pitcher Paige Hall went 3-0 on the weekend on four appearances, giving up only one earned run and picking up another complete game shutout, her second of the season.
The Beavers came down from a 1-0 deficit against Minnesota on Sunday to score four in the top of the seventh to earn head coach Kirk Walker’s 500th career win.
major milestone — Head coach Kirk Walker earned his 500th career win against Minnesota on Sunday, Mar. 1 at the CSUF DiMarini Invitational. 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 a conference-leading 18 thus far on the season with Lowe helping to turn 14. The Beavers second most was 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 one vote in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, released on March 3. The vote places the Beavers 35th. In the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, released March 3, the Beavers received one vote, tied for 33rd.
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 host their home opener on Saturday, Mar. 14, against Portland State. The doubleheader begins at 12:00 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex.