Softball to Host No. 7 UCLA for Strike Out Cancer Weekend
April 14, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (21-18, 2-4 Pac-10) finishes its four week homestand by hosting the No. 7 UCLA Bruins (27-9, 1-5 Pac-10) in a three-game series. The first match up will be on Friday at 3:00 p.m., then Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and will conclude at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. This weekend is also Strike Out Cancer and fans will receive pink pompoms and are encouraged to wear pink to every game. Admission to all of the games is free.
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.
GAMES 37-39: NO. 7 UCLA BRUINS (27-9, 1-5 PAC-10) — Friday, Apr. 16-Sunday, Apr. 18 (3:00 p.m., 11:00 & 11:00 a.m.): Oregon State is 10-78 all-time against UCLA, 10-45 under head coach Kirk Walker. The Bruins have won the last four straight with the Beavers last win being May 9, 2008 in a 5-3 decision at home.
UCLA is currently riding a five game losing streak going into this weekend. The Bruins started off the Pac-10 schedule strong with a win over No. 1 Washington but lost the series before being swept by Arizona State last weekend, moving them from fourth to seventh this week in the polls. Senior Megan Langenfeld leads UCLA at the plate with a .523 batting average with 34 hits, including six doubles and nine home runs, adding 25 runs. Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore and freshman B.B. Bates lead the team in overall hits with 41, while senior Julie Burney ties Langenfeld with nine home runs to lead the team. In conference play alone, sophomore Dani Yudin has paced the Bruin offense with a .357 batting average with five hits, including two home runs. In the circle, junior Donna Kerr has shouldered most of the work, throwing 103.2 innings with a 13-5 overall record and 1.82 ERA. Kerr recorded the team’s lone Pac-10 win, posting a 1-4 record with a 3.00 ERA. Sophomore Aleah Macon has thrown 60.2 innings with a 0.81 ERA and 8-1 record. The two pitchers have combined for nine complete game shutouts, while adding four combined. Kerr leads the pitchers with 128 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .155 batting average. Head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez is in her fourth season, 17th overall season at UCLA. The Bruins are 9-3 on the road so far this season, 1-2 in conference play.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK — Oregon State went 1-2 against No. 8 Stanford. The Beavers lost close 4-3 and 1-0 decisions in the first two games before finding their bats for a come from behind 10-8 win in the series finale on Sunday.
Freshman Lea Cavestany led the Beavers to their Sunday win, going 3-for-4 with six RBI with two home runs and a two-RBI single. Junior Audrey Roderfeld hit two solo home runs over the weekend to make her RBI count 42, only six away from tying the single season record. Freshman Maggie Doremus became the seventh player this season to tie the school record for most doubles in a single game with two on Sunday, adding a RBI on her second one. And in the circle, sophomore Paige Hall threw 17.0 innings with a 1.24 ERA, striking out nine to earn the lone win of the weekend on three appearances.
ODDS AND ENDS — Oregon State’s longest winning streak this season is six that it has reached twice.
Sophomore Paige Hall leads the conference in appearances (37), games started (25) and games finished (12).
After setting the school record last season for double plays with 32, the Beavers have 14 thus far this season. Overall, the team is second to Arizona State but lead all teams in conference play.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME — The Beavers are 10-4 at home after defeating Boise State and North Dakota in their home opening tournament before sweeping all three doubleheaders over Seattle, Idaho State and Portland State. The team’s win over Oregon gave the Beavers nine wins at home this season and the Sunday win over Stanford was the 10th.
THE NATION NOTICES — As a team, Oregon State is ranked in the top 50 for four categories — batting average, fielding percentage, scoring, home runs per game, doubles per game and slugging percentage. The Beavers are 39th for batting average (.301), 32nd for home runs per game (1.00), 34th for doubles per game (1.53) and 25th for slugging percentage (.490). Individually, junior Audrey Roderfeld is 22nd for home runs per game (0.33), 13th for total home runs (13.0), 42nd for slugging percentage (.763) and 26th for RBI (1.08). Sophomore Paige Hall is 42nd for victories (15.0) and 38th for shutouts (5.0).
ASSISTING DOUBLE VISION — The Beavers lead the conference for the most doubles with 61 so far on the season, edging out Stanford with 60. Oregon State also leads the Pac-10 in assists with 388, led by conference leading assist maker sophomore Nikki Chandler with 116, well out in front of second place.
RODERFELD RBI — Junior Audrey Roderfeld has 42 RBI through 39 games to lead the Beavers. She is currently seventh all-time for most RBI in a single season, only six away from tying the school record. She’s batted in those runs on 40 total hits, including 11 doubles and 13 home runs for a .339 batting average. She had 118 total at bats and has added 10 walks and reached five times on hit by pitch. Last season, Roderfeld finished the season with 37 RBI and is currently ninth all-time for career RBI with 108. Overall Roderfeld is tied for fourth sixth all-time on the career home runs list with 34, only one away from tying for third all-time, and she is tied for third all-time for most home runs in a single season with 13, tying her record last season.
LEAD OFF LEA — Freshman Lea Cavestany has worked her way into the line up as the lead off batter, leading the team with a .402 batting average and good for x best in the conference this week. Cavestany has also already broken into the record books, tying the school record for most triples in a game with two against Seattle and tying the record for ninth most stolen bases in a single season with 12.
BRENNER BOMBS — Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner has seven home runs on 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.
YOUTHFUL LINEUP — The current Oregon State lineup consists of mainly sophomores and freshmen with only up to four upperclassmen in the lineup at any one time. Sophomore Paige Hall has emerged as the go-to pitcher, sophomore Nikki Chandler is the starting shortstop, sophomore Mary Claire Brenner is the starting right fielder, freshman Maggie Doremus is the starting second baseman, freshman Ally Kutz is the starting first baseman and freshman Lea Cavestany is the starting third baseman. Junior Audrey Roderfeld and senior Tarah Black share time behind the plate, senior Dani Chisholm is in center field and junior McKenna Lowe is in left field. The team has seven upperclassmen (five seniors, two juniors) and 11 underclassmen (six sophomores and five freshmen) currently competing.
WATCH ME ON TV — The Oregon State softball game at Arizona on Friday, Apr. 23 will be televised via tape delay on FSN. The game will be played at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. Check back for the list of replays.
EVERYDAY CHAMPIONS — Senior catcher Tarah Black was the first Everyday Champion for softball for the 2009-10 academic year. Black is an exercise and sport science major from Portland, Ore., that never really planned on going to school in Oregon until visiting the Oregon State campus and meeting the team. She has played a number of positions during her time at Oregon State other than just catcher.
Senior outfielder Dani Chisholm is the next Everyday Champion for softball for the 2009-10 academic year. She’s been a contributor since she walked onto campus as a freshman in 2007, helping the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance. A psychology major, Chisholm plans on going to graduate school next fall.
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.
2009 REVIEW — 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 Tucson for a three-game series against No. 3 Arizona. Friday’s game will be televised and will air via tape delay on FSN.
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