Softball Closes out Season Hosting Arizona Schools

May 5, 2009

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LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (24-28, 3-15 Pac-10) closes out the 2009 season at home with games running from Thursday to Saturday. The Beavers host No. 9 Arizona State (38-15, 8-10) on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. before No. 6 Arizona (39-13, 11-6) on Friday and Saturday at 3:00 and 12:00 p.m. Saturday is Senior Day, and the five Oregon State seniors (Stefanie Ewing, Cristy Hatton, Paige Lowe, Kellie Roberts, DeAnn Young) will be recognized after the game.

 

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 53: no. 9 arizona state (38-15, 8-10 pac-10)Thursday, May 7 (3:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 26-66 all-time against Arizona State. The Sun Devils took the first two meetings of the season in Tempe.

 

Arizona State is coming off of a 1-2 weekend, defeating No. 13 California in the weekend finale, 7-3. Senior Kaitlin Cochran continues to lead the Sun Devil offense with a .439 average, amassing a team-high 20 home runs, 56 runs and 57 RBI. She has been walked 54 times and is a perfect 14-14 on stolen base attempts. In the circle, freshman Hillary Bach posts a 3.23 ERA with a  23-8 overall record. She has nine shutouts, one save and 128 strikeouts on 191.0 innings pitched. Arizona State is 2-6 on the road this season.

 

GAMEs 54 & 55: no. 6 arizona (39-13, 11-6 pac-10)Friday & Saturday, May 8 & 9 (3:00 & 12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 10-79 all-time against Arizona. The Wildcats won the first meeting  this season 12-9 in Tucson.

 

Arizona went 0-2 last weekend, falling to No. 3 Stanford in close one-run decisions. The Wildcats are currently seven runs away breaking the school record for home runs with 119 total on the season. Junior catcher Stacie Chambers leads the home run race with 26 on the season. Senior Jenae Leles is close behind with 22. Overall, sophomore Brittany Lastrapes leads the team with a .458 batting average with 81 hits, 18 doubles and 17 home runs, scoring a team-high 67 runs. Junior pitcher Sarah Akamine is 18-5 overall this season with a 2.45 ERA, throwing 91 strikeouts in 140.0 innings pitched. Arizona is 7-6 this season on the road.

 

looking back at last week Oregon State went 0-3 on the weekend, falling to No. 4 Washington, 2-5, and No. 2 UCLA, 3-4 and 1-9.

 

Senior Paige Lowe hit .600 for the weekend, tallying her first triple of the season and collecting the only Oregon State hit on Sunday against UCLA.

 

Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld hit her 13th home run of the season against the Bruins on Saturday to tie the game, but the Beavers lost 4-3.

 

Redshirt freshman Karmen Holladay made her first career start on Saturday against the Bruins, and tallied her second strikeout.

 

national attentionAs a team, Oregon State is ranked nationally in three categories. The Beavers are second in the nation in double plays turned (0.58 DPPG), 31st for fielding percentage (0.970) and 100th for home runs per game (0.62 HRPG) in the latest NCAA ranking summary, released April 7. Junior Kelly Dyer is third in the nation for saves with five on the season.

 

it’s all about the teamThe 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 watchSenior Paige Lowe has jumped onto the career stolen bases list with 27 currently in her career, good for eighth all-time.

 

roderfeld rips ‘emSophomore 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 13 this season, hitting four in one week over five games. She currently is tied for third on the single season list and is ninth on the career list.

 

school record defenseSenior 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 and currently have 30 on the season. 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 rankingsOregon State is currently 63rd in the most recent RPI rankings, released April 21. The Beavers finished the 2008 season ranked 70th.

 

home openersOregon 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 milestoneHead 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 openersOregon 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.

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