Softball Opens 2010 at Kajikawa Classic
Feb. 10, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (0-0) opens the 2010 season at the Kajikawa Classic, hosted by Arizona State. The Beavers take on the Ole Miss Rebels and the Nevada Wolf Pack on Friday at 8:30 a.m. PT and 1:30 p.m. PT before facing the Creighton Bluejays and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. PT and 6:00 p.m. PT. Oregon State wraps up the tournament against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. PT.
FOLLOWING 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 2010 Oregon State softball schedule.
TRACK THE TEAM ON TWITTER — Get frequent updates on the Oregon State softball team by following OregonStateSB on Twitter. Links to stories, pictures from the road and much more will be tweeted through the official Oregon State softball Twitter.
GAME 1: OLE MISS — Friday, Feb. 12 (8:30 a.m.): Oregon State and Mississippi will meet for the first time on Friday.
Ole Miss put together a 23-29 overall record, 7-20 in the Southeastern Conference last season. The Rebels return seven position starters and all three pitchers. Top returnees for the Rebels are seniors infielder Lauren Grill and pitcher Becky Nye and sophomore outfielder Corrine Doornberg. Missy Dickerson is in her fifth season as head coach of Ole Miss with a 97-127 school record. The Rebels will take on Arizona State before facing the Beavers.
GAME 2: NEVADA — Friday, Feb. 12 (1:30 p.m.): Oregon State is 8-5-1 all-time against Nevada, 3-2 under Kirk Walker. The Wolf Pack have won the last two meetings.
Nevada finished 2009 with a 40-19 record, tying for first in the WAC with a 15-5 conference mark. The team won the WAC Tournament, advancing to the Palo Alto Regional. The Wolf Pack has made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Nevada returns six starters, losing four, and both pitchers from last season, including senior pitcher Katie Holverson, who also was named to the Ninth Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award Watch List, comprised of 50 players. Head coach Matt Meuchel is in his second season. Nevada will face the Beavers first in the tournament.
GAME 3: CREIGHTON — Saturday, Feb. 13 (1:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 2-0 all-time, 1-0 under Kirk Walker against Creighton. The two teams last met in 1999 with the Beavers winning 9-2.
Creighton is coming off of a 35-16 season in 2009, finishing first with a 19-6 Missouri Valley record. The Bluejays return eight starters, losing two, and returning both pitchers. Included in those returnees are senior first baseman Renae Sinkler, the reigning MVC Player of the Year and All-MVC First Team selection senior second baseman Michelle Koch. Senior pitcher Tara Oltman has been named the MVC Pitcher of the Year each of her three seasons at Creighton, being named NFCA Third Team All-America and Second Team Easton All-America. Head coach Brent Vigness is in his 16th season leading the program with a 516-352-2 record. Creighton will take on San Diego, Notre Dame, Oregon and Wisconsin before facing the Beavers.
GAME 4: NOTRE DAME — Saturday, Feb. 13 (6:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 4-1 all-time against Notre Dame. The two teams last met in 2006 with the Beavers shutting the Fighting Irish out, 5-0.
Notre Dame is coming off of a 43-17 season in 2009, finishing second in the Big East during the regular season with a 19-4 conference record before winning the Big East Tournament, marking the team’s 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Fighting Irish went 2-2 at the Ann Arbor Regional. Notre Dame returns seven starters from last season and one pitcher, while losing two position starters and a pitcher. Senior infielder Christine Lux leads the returnees as the only NFCA All-American, earning third team honors, while adding two other NFCA All-Mideast Region returnees and three All-Big East returnees. Head coach Deanna Gumpf is in her ninth season at the helm with a 332-153-1 record. Notre Dame will face Creighton, Oregon and Auburn before taking on the Beavers.
GAME 5: SOUTHERN UTAH — Sunday, Feb. 14 (10:15 a.m.): Oregon State is 8-4 all-time, 6-1 under Kirk Walker against Southern Utah. Last season, the Beavers defeated the Thunderbirds 9-1 in five innings.
Southern Utah ended its season 24-31 in 2009, going 14-11 in the Summit League, good for fourth. The Thunderbirds return nine from last year’s roster, adding eight. Julie Strand is in her second season as head coach of the Southern Utah program. Southern Utah will face Ohio, Texas Tech, San Diego and Cal State Fullerton before taking on the Beavers.
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.
tough competition — The Oregon State softball team will take on 10 teams ranked in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Preseason Top 25 Poll and the USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Poll. Six Pac-10 teams are included in that list in Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford and California. Other teams the Beavers will face are Oklahoma, Ohio State, Northwestern and UMass.
PAC-10 PREVIEW — Oregon State was voted tie to finish seventh this season, receiving 10 votes. The defending national champion, Washington, was voted to win the conference title, receiving seven of the eight first place votes for 49 total points.
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.
2009 RECAP — The 2009 season proved to be one of ups and downs for the Oregon State softball team. While the team received votes in the polls early in the season, fueled by victories over top 25 teams, eventually the team was unable to hold its votes and had to settle for another season just short of the NCAA Tournament, despite it marking the 13th consecutive season the team had a 25-plus win season. The Beavers upset 22nd-ranked Georgia in opening weekend before No. 25 Mississippi to wrap up the non-conference tournament schedule. Oregon State went on to upset more competition in the always stacked Pac-10 Conference, nabbing one away from No. 12 California at home before senior Paige Lowe boosted the Beavers over No. 9 Arizona State with a walk-off home run. Seven players earned All-Pac-10 honors with junior Audrey Roderfeld earning second team accolades and freshman Ashley Sanchez being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
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 head to the Texas A&M Aggie Invite. Oregon State will take on Lousiana-Monroe twice, Mississippi State twice and Texas A&M over the three-day tournament in College Station, Texas.
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