Softball Heads Back to Southern California for DiMarini Invitational
March 3, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (5-10) heads back to Southern California to compete in the DiMarini Invitational, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The Beavers take on the Northwestern Wildcats (6-8) at 11:15 a.m. on Friday before the UC Davis Aggies (6-7) at 3:45 p.m. On Saturday, the team will face the Pacific Tigers (4-6) at 11:15 a.m. before the Loyola Marymount Lions (2-4) at 3:45 p.m. Oregon State wraps up tournament play against Cal State Fullerton Titans (3-13) at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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 16: NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS (6-8) — Friday, Mar. 5 (11:15 a.m.): Oregon State is 8-9 all-time against Northwestern and 8-7 under Kirk Walker. The Wildcats have won the last three meetings with the last Beaver win coming on February 18, 2006.
Northwestern went 1-3 last weekend at the Cathedral City Classic defeating No. 10 Stanford but falling to Pacific, Cal Poly and No. 5 UCLA. The Wildcats started a game against UC Davis on Sunday but will complete it this weekend in Fullerton. The losses forced the Wildcats out of the top 25 polls this week, although they’re still receiving votes in both. Senior catcher Emily Haug paces the Northwestern offense with a .342 batting average with 13 hits, including four doubles and three home runs, and leads the team with 16 RBI. In the circle, senior Lauren Delaney (3-4) and junior Jessica Smith (3-2) both have three wins on the season, combining for three complete game shutouts and 83 strikeouts of the team’s 96. Delaney has had most of the work, throwing 54.2 innings on 10 appearances with eight of those being complete games. Kate Drohan is in her ninth season as the head coach of the Wildcats, and the team is 5-8 at neutral sites so far on the season.
GAME 17: UC DAVIS AGGIES (6-7) — Friday, Mar. 5 (3:45 p.m.): Oregon State is 4-0 all-time against UC Davis with the Beavers taking the last meeting 7-2 last season.
UC Davis went 0-4 last weekend at the Cathedral City Classic, falling to Hawai’i, No. 9 Texas, Utah and No. 1 Washington. The Aggies’ game against No. 22 Northwestern was suspended in the middle of the sixth and will be completed this weekend in Fullerton. Senior infielder Sarah Axelson leads the Aggies’ offense with a .444 batting average with 16 hits, 10 runs and nine RBI. Junior left-handed pitcher Alex Holmes boasts a 4-2 record on 37.0 innings of work, striking out 39 with a 4.16 ERA. Karen Yoder is in her sixth season as head coach. UC Davis is 4-4 at neutral sites thus far on the season.
GAME 18: PACIFIC TIGERS (4-6) — Saturday, Mar. 6 (11:15 a.m.): Oregon State is 6-4 all-time against Pacific and 6-3 under Kirk Walker. The Beavers have won the last four with the last win being March 7, 2007.
Pacific went .500 last weekend picking up a couple wins over No. 21 Tennessee and No. 22 Northwestern but falling to No. 9 Oklahoma and Colorado State at the Cathedral City Classic. Two Tiger batters are hitting over .400, led by junior outfielder Lindsey Pierce, who is hitting .483 with 14 hits and seven runs. Freshman outfielder Megan Hom is batting .455 with 15 hits, four runs and a pair of RBI. Junior Shaina Brock has shouldered most of the work in the circle for the Tigers, posting a 2-3 record on 31.0 innings with 28 strikeouts and one shutout. Brian Kolze is in his 18th season as the head coach at Pacific, and the team is 2-4 at neutral sites this season. Pacific will take on No. 3 Florida, Indiana, and No. 20 North Carolina before Oregon State.
GAME 19: LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS (2-4) — Saturday, Mar. 6 (3:45 p.m.): Oregon State is 12-3 all-time against Loyola Marymount and 11-2 under Kirk Walker. The Beavers have won the last seven straight with the last meeting being March 9, 2002.
Loyola Marymount has been idle since Tuesday, Feb. 23, when it played Hawai’i. The Lions have two wins on the season over Long Beach State and Kent State, both earned at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic, hosted by UNLV. Sophomore infielder Sam Fischer paces the team’s offense with a .474 batting average with nine hits, five runs and five RBI. Junior outfielder Priscilla Satete is close behind with a .400 average. Senior right-handed pitcher Melissa Dykema has thrown the most for the Lions with 16.2 innings pitched with a 1-2 record and 4.20 ERA. Gary Ferrin is in his 16th season as head coach of the team, and the Lions are 2-2 at neutral sites so far this season. The Lions will face UC Davis before Oregon State.
GAME 20: CAL STATE FULLERTON TITANS (3-13) — Sunday, Mar. 7 (1:30 p.m.): Oregon State is 7-9 all-time against the Titans, 7-4 under Kirk Walker. The Beavers won the last meeting last season on February 13, in a 6-2 decision.
Cal State Fullerton is coming off of a 1-4 weekend at the Cathedral City Classic, defeating Baylor, but falling to Oklahoma State, Colorado State, No. 16 Ohio State and Syracuse. Junior outfielder Torrie Anderson leads the team at the plate with a .265 batting average with 13 hits, eight runs and five home runs, adding a team leading 14 RBI. In the circle, redshirt sophomore Krystal Heinle is 1-6, throwing 40.1 innings with 36 strikeouts on 10 appearances. Michelle Gromacki is in her 11th season as head coach, and the Titans are 0-0 at home. The Titans will take on No. 10 Stanford, Indiana and No. 3 Florida before the Beavers.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK — Oregon State picked up a win at the Cathedral City Classic over Syracuse (4-2) but fell to No. 9 Oklahoma (6-1), Fordham (3-2), No. 16 Ohio State (8-7 - 8 Innings) and No. 13 Texas (7-4).
Junior Audrey Roderfeld hit a pair of home runs to earn seven total RBI on the weekend. And sophomore pitcher Paige Hall continued to keep a strong offensive attack alive, batting over .400 to continue to lead the team with a cumulative .459 batting average.
Freshman pitcher Marina Demore made her first appearance, throwing two full scoreless innings, including a pair of strikeouts, against the Longhorns and also earning her first hit of the season on an infield single.
BRENNER BOMBS — Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner already has seven home runs on the season, 15 games into the season.. Against Southern Utah on Sunday, Feb. 14, Brenner broke the school record for most home runs in a single game with three, going a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs and six RBI.
CONFERENCE RECOGNITION — Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the opening week of February 8-14 after her stellar performance at the Kajikawa Classic, hitting .500 (8-for-16) with six home runs, 16 RBI and 1.625 slugging percentage, while being perfect in the field. The award is Brenner’s first, Oregon State’s 34th.
season openers — Oregon State is 10-14 in its season opener since 1987. Under head coach Kirk Walker, the Beavers are 7-9. 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 host the Cascade Classic at the OSU Softball Complex. Oregon State will take on Boise State and North Dakota on Friday before North Dakota again on Saturday.
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