Softball Heads to PSU for Make-Up Games; Wraps up Civil War Series in Eugene
April 7, 2009
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (17-18, 2-5 Pac-10) heads up to Erv Lind Stadium to face the Portland State Vikings (18-13) in a make-up doubleheader on Wednesday, beginning at 3:00 p.m. The Beavers then head to Howe Stadium to wrap up the Civil War Series against the Oregon Ducks (12-22, 1-6 Pac-10) on Friday and Saturday with the games beginning at 4:00 and 1:00 p.m.
CIVIL WAR SERIES ON THE LINE — With one more Oregon State win over Oregon, the Beavers and Ducks will tie in the overall 2008-09 Civil War Series. Currently the Ducks hold a two-point advantage. To see the full Civil War Series breakdown, visit http://www.oregonlive.com/sites/civilwar/.
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 36 & 37: Portland state (18-13) — Wednesday, April 8 (3:00 & 5:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 74-31-1 all-time against Portland State. The Vikings took the last two meetings last season.
Portland State is riding on a four-game conference wining streak after sweeping Santa Clara last weekend in a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday at home. Senior Jackie Heide leads the Viking offense with a .419 batting average, posting a team-high 39 hits, 26 RBI and eight home runs. In the circle, junior Tori Rogers leads the pitchers in ERA (2.18) with a 5-2 record, while sophomore Nichole Latham has more in the wins column (11-6). Both have one complete game shutout with Latham also tallying a combined game shutout. Combined, the two have 138 strikeouts. Tobin Echo-Hawk is in her first season as head coach of the softball program. Portland State is 6-0 at home this season.
GAMEs 38 & 39: oregon (12-22, 1-6 pac-10) — Friday & Saturday, April 10 & 11 (4:00 & 1:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 79-78-1 all-time against Oregon. The Beavers defeated the Ducks on March 21 in a 2-1 decision at home.
Oregon captured its first Pac-10 win last weekend in a 7-0 win over No. 12 California. Senior Sari-Jane Jenkins hit a grand slam, followed by a two-run homer by freshman Lindsey Chambers to boost the Duck offense. On the season, Jenkins leads the Oregon offense with a .348 batting average with a team-leading 39 hits, including seven doubles, one triple and three home runs. In conference play alone, she is hitting .300 with five RBI and two home runs. In the circle, freshman Sam Skillingstad leads the team with a 2.11 ERA and a 9-8 record. Skillingstad has recorded four shutouts, including Friday’s win, with 110 strikeouts with 20 of those coming in conference play. Head coach Kathy Arendsen is in her seventh season. The Ducks are 4-3 at home this season.
looking back at last week — Oregon State went 1-2 on the weekend, falling to No. 2 Stanford, 4-2, on Friday before earning a walk-off 5-4 decision over No. 12 Cal. But the Beavers fell 12-3 in six innings to wrap up Strike Out Cancer weekend to the Golden Bears.
Senior Stefanie Ewing and sophomore Audrey Roderfeld combined for all five of the team’s RBI on Saturday with Ewing collecting three, including the game winning single to left field. Roderfeld hit her second triple of the season in the win, batting in her two runs.
Freshman Ashley Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and run against California on Sunday. On the weekend, Sanchez batted a team-leading .545 with three runs and two doubles.
national attention — As a team, Oregon State is ranked nationally in four categories. The Beavers are leading the nation in double plays turned (0.66 DPPG), 46th for fielding percentage (0.968) and 96th for home runs per game (0.57 HRPG) and 93rd for slugging percentage (0.403) in the latest NCAA ranking summary, released April 7. Junior Kelly Dyer is eighth in the nation for saves with three on the season.
it’s all about the team — The Beavers tied the school record for most home runs in a single game on Wednesday, Mar. 25, in the second game of the doubleheader against Seattle with five. The original record was set in 2003 against Portland State.
lowe career watch — Senior Paige Lowe has jumped onto the career stolen bases list with 27 currently in her career, good for eighth all-time.
roderfeld rips ‘em — Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld broke into the career record books with her 15th career home run against No. 6 Arizona State on Saturday, Mar. 28, good to tie for 10th. Roderfeld amassed eight last season and already has seven this season, hitting four in one week over five games.
home openers — Oregon State has won its home opener for the last six seasons with the win over Oregon being its first conference and home opener of those six.
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.
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 23 thus far on the season with Lowe helping to turn 17. The Beavers second most was three against Arizona State on February 22, 2007 with DeAnn Young being apart of all three turned. The team season record is 28, set in 2003.
rpi rankings — Oregon State is currently 71st in the most recent RPI rankings, released March 31. The Beavers finished the 2008 season ranked 70th.
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 return home to host Portland State in a doubleheader on Tuesday, Apr. 14, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The team then will host No. 7 UCLA on Friday at 3:00 p.m. before No. 3 Washington on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 and 12:00 p.m.