Softball Heads out for Five-Game Bay Area Trip
April 21, 2009
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (22-22, 3-9 Pac-10) heads to the Bay Area for a five-game trip that begins against the UC Davis Aggies (21-21) on Thursday in a doubleheader beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Beavers then travel to face the No. 15 California Golden Bears (29-15, 5-7 Pac-10) on Friday at 3:00 p.m. Oregon State wraps up the trip against the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (37-6, 7-5 Pac-10) on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 and 12:00 p.m.
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.
GAMEs 45 & 46: uc davis (21-21) — Thursday, April 23 (1:30 & 3:30 p.m.): Oregon State is 2-0 all-time against UC Davis. The Beavers took the first meeting earlier this season on February 14 at the UNLV Louisville Slugger Invitational.
The Aggies took a game from conference opponent UC Riverside in a 10-5 decision on Saturday but fell in the final two, 1-0, 4-0. Senior outfielder Belinda Paine leads the Aggies’ offense with a .321 batting average. She has a team-high 42 hits and 10 stolen bases. Senior pitcher Jessica Hancock posts the best record in the circle, 13-9, but sophomore Alex Holmes boasts the best ERA, 1.53. Hancock has 148 strikeouts with five complete game shutouts and two combined, while holding opponents to a .214 batting average. Head coach Karen Yoder is in her fifth year. UC Davis is 5-3 at home this season at La Rue Field.
GAME 47: no. 15 california (29-15, 5-7 pac-10) — Friday, April 24 (3:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 34-64 all-time against California. The two teams split the first two games of the series earlier this month.
California fell to the Arizona schools last weekend, coming up short twice against Arizona and once against Arizona State, snapping a three-game winning streak. Sophomore Valerie Arioto leads the Bears both offensively and in the circle. Arioto is hitting .349 with a team-high 37 runs on 45 hits, including five doubles, one triple and eight home runs. She has tallied 26 RBI and been walked 30 times. In the circle, she boasts a 2.12 ERA with a 13-5 record, holding opponents to a .217 batting average with 148 strikeouts on 129.0 innings pitched. Diane Ninemire is in her 22nd season as head coach. The Golden Bears are 6-1 at home.
GAMEs 48 & 49: no. 4 stanford (37-6, 7-5 pac-10) — Saturday & Sunday, April 25 & 26 (1:00 & 12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 24-34 all-time against Stanford. The Cardinal took the first meeting earlier this season on April 3.
Stanford is coming off a 1-2 weekend, falling to No. 9 Arizona on Friday before rebounding against No. 5 Arizona State on Saturday. But the Cardinal fell to the Sun Devils in the weekend finale. Two Stanford batters are putting up numbers above .400, led by junior Alissa Haber with a .426 average. Haber boasts a team-high 48 runs, 63 hits, 17 RBI and 13 stolen bases. Freshman Ashley Hansen posts a .414 average with 40 RBI and five triples. In the circle, senior Missy Penna has the third best ERA in the conference, 1.45, with a 26-4 record with 14 complete game shutouts. Penna has 262 strikeouts on 207.1 innings pitched, holding opponents to a .180 batting average. Head coach John Rittman is in his 13th season. The Cardinal will face San Jose State in a single game on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at home, where they boast a 20-1 record.
looking back at last week — Oregon State swept the four-game series against Portland State in Wednesday’s doubleheader, but the Beavers came up short in their three conference games against No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 Washington.
Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld blasted her 10th home run of the season against the Bruins to put the lone run up on the board. She also tallied her fifth double of the season in Sunday’s contest against the Huskies to set up the Beavers’ only run in that game.
Junior Kelly Dyer threw nine innings, giving up only four hits, in Saturday’s nine-innings heartbreaker against Washington, where the Beavers lost 1-0. Dyer also tallied her fourth complete game shutout of the season against the Vikings in a 2-0 decision.
The Beavers turned two more double plays over the weekend, making the running total 26 at this point, continuing to lead the conference with a six-double play edge over Arizona State. Senior Paige Lowe was involved in turning one of them, making he season total 18. Senior DeAnn Young now has 11 and sophomore Erin Guzy has 10.
national attention — As a team, Oregon State is ranked nationally in four categories. The Beavers are leading the nation in double plays turned (0.59 DPPG), 38th for fielding percentage (0.969) and 81st for home runs per game (0.66 HRPG) and 100th for slugging percentage (0.395) in the latest NCAA ranking summary, released April 7. Junior Kelly Dyer is eighth in the nation for saves with four 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 10 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, while tying the NCAA single game record, turning four double plays against Kansas on February 19. Overall, the team has turned a conference-leading 26 thus far on the season with Lowe helping to turn 18. 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 70th in the most recent RPI rankings, released April 14. 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 stay on the road as they head to No. 3 Washington on Friday at 3:00 p.m. before facing the No. 2 UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 and 12:00 p.m.