Softball to Face No. 4 Washington and No. 2 UCLA on Last Road Trip
April 28, 2009
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (24-25, 3-12 Pac-10) embarks on its second to last weekend of play in the regular season, starting at No. 4 Washington (35-9, 8-6) on Friday at 3:00 p.m. The Beavers then head to No. 2 UCLA (35-8, 10-4) for back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 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.
GAME 50: no. 4 washington (35-9, 8-6 pac-10) — Friday, May 1 (3:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 15-42 all-time against Washington. The Huskies took both of the meetings earlier this season.
Washington is coming off of a 1-2 weekend in Arizona, falling to Arizona State on Friday before splitting with Arizona on Saturday and Sunday. Senior Ashley Charters continues to lead the Washington offense with a .459 batting average, 67 total hits and 46 runs. She boasts 28 stolen bases and seven home runs, having been walked 21 times and reaching 100 total bases on Saturday. Junior pitcher Danielle Lawrie continues to dominate in the circle with a 0.78 ERA, 1.57 in Pac-10 play, amassing 325 strikeouts on 215.0 innings pitched with 15 shutouts and holding opponents to a .123 batting average. The Huskies are undefeated at home this season, posting a 9-0 record. Washington and UCLA will square off on Wednesday in a single game to wrap up the series at 1:00 p.m.
GAMEs 51 & 52: no. 2 ucla (35-8, 10-4 pac-10) — Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3 (3:00 & 12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 10-76 all-time against UCLA. The Bruins earned the first win of the series earlier this month.
The Bruins are riding a nine-game winning streak, all conference match-ups, including sophomore Monica Harrison’s school record setting performance of three home runs over No. 4 Arizona State on Sunday. Sophomore Katie Schroeder leads the Bruin offense with a .410 batting average with six other batters hitting above .300. Schroeder leads the team in hits (55), runs (45), home runs (13), walks (29), stolen bases (17) and on base percentage (.533). Junior Megan Langenfeld has emerged as possibly the conference’s top pitcher, posting a perfect 11-0 record with a 1.11 ERA, 1.25 in conference play. Langenfeld posts three complete game shutouts, two combined, three saves and 74 strikeouts on 88.2 innings pitched, holding opponents to a .117 batting average. UCLA is 9-4 at home this season.
looking back at last week — Oregon State set a new school record for double plays, turning its 29th on Sunday. But the Beavers went 2-3 on the weekend, taking Thursday’s doubleheader against UC Davis but falling to No. 15 California and No. 4 Stanford.
Senior Paige Lowe turned the school record 29th double play unassisted catching a line drive and catching the runner at second off base. She has 21 on the season.
Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld blasted a pair on back-to-back days with one coming against the Golden Bears on Friday and the next coming against the Cardinal on Saturday. Roderfeld went 2-for-2 with a run and a walk in Saturday’s game.
Freshman Ashley Sanchez tallied three straight multi-hit games, beginning with Thursday’s doubleheader. With those games, she now has a team-leading 12 multi-hit games on the season.
Junior Kelly Dyer posted her fifth save of the season, one shy of the national leader at the beginning of the week. Her saves tie her for the third most in a single season and tied for sixth on the career list.
national attention — As a team, Oregon State is ranked nationally in three categories. The Beavers are second in the nation in double plays turned (0.59 DPPG), 36th for fielding percentage (0.969) and 89th for home runs per game (0.63 HRPG) in the latest NCAA ranking summary, released April 7. Junior Kelly Dyer is fifth in the nation for saves with five 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 12 this season, hitting four in one week over five games. She currently is tied for fourth on the single season list and ninth on the career list.
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. The Beavers set a new single season record on April 26, turning their 29th. Lowe has helped to turn 21, including the 29th unassisted. The Beavers second most was three against Arizona State on February 22, 2007 with DeAnn Young being apart of all three turned. The previous team season record was 28, set in 2003.
rpi rankings — Oregon State is currently 63rd in the most recent RPI rankings, released April 21. The Beavers finished the 2008 season ranked 70th.
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.
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 wrap up the regular season at home by hosting No. 6 Arizona State on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. before taking on No. 7 Arizona on Friday and Saturday at 3:00 and 12:00 p.m. Saturday will also be Senior Day, where the five Oregon State seniors (Stefanie Ewing, Cristy Hatton, Paige Lowe, Kellie Roberts and DeAnn Young) will be honored.