Softball Ends 2010 Season at No. 12 California
May 11, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (24-28, 4-14 Pac-10) closes out the 2010 season against the No. 12 California Golden Bears (38-17, 7-11 Pac-10) in Berkeley. The three-game series begins on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Friday’s game is also at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday’s game is at 12:00 p.m.
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 53-55: NO. 12 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (38-17, 7-11 PAC-10) — Thursday, May 13 - Saturday, May 15 (3:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 34-65 all-time against Cal, 21-31 under head coach Kirk Walker. The Beavers have taken a single game off the Golden Bears the past two seasons after sweeping the series in 2007.
California went 1-2 last weekend at UCLA, winning the series finale at Easton Stadium. The Golden Bears have taken a game off their last three conference opponents after sweeping Arizona State in Tempe. Sophomore Jamia Reid leads the team at the plate with a .378 batting average with 68 hits, including three doubles and five triples, adding 33 runs, 10 RBI and 44 stolen bases on 52 attempts. In conference play, junior Valerie Arioto paces the Cal offense with a .341 batting average with 15 hits, including one double and six home runs, adding 14 runs scored, 19 RBI and a perfect fielding percentage. Overall, Arioto is batting .366 with a team-leading 16 home runs. Arioto also is the leader for the team in the circle with a 1.74 ERA in Pac-10 play with a 4-4 record. She has three complete game shutouts and 61 strikeouts in 68.1 innings pitched, holding opponents to a .220 batting average. Overall Arioto posts a 1.36 ERA, a 19-8 record and has 243 strikeouts on 184.2 innings pitched, holding opponents to .171. Diane Ninemire is in her 23rd season as head coach of the Golden Bears. Cal is 8-4 at home this season, 2-4 in conference play.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK — Oregon State took its first conference series over No. 7 Arizona State, nearly sweeping three games. The Beavers lost late in a 4-3 decision on Friday before holding on for a 2-1 win on Saturday and outlasting the Sun Devils in a 4-3 decision in 10 innings on Sunday.
Junior Audrey Roderfeld had three RBI on the weekend in the form of the game-winning RBI single on Saturday and a two-run home run to give the Beavers the initial lead in Sunday’s game. Freshman Ally Kutz had the game winning RBI in Sunday’s game to score senior Dani Chisholm. Senior Tarah Black also had a solo home run in Sunday’s game.
Freshman pitcher Marina Demore earned her first conference win, adding her first career home run in a three-run shot in the series opener. Sophomore Paige Hall earned the other win on Saturday and went yard to help with the victory.
ODDS AND ENDS — Oregon State received six votes in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, good for 28th. This is the first time the Beavers have received votes this season.
Oregon State’s longest winning streak this season is six that it has reached twice.
Sophomore Paige Hall leads the conference in appearances (48) and games finished (13).
After setting the school record last season for double plays with 32, the Beavers have 19 thus far this season. Overall, the team is second to Arizona State but lead all teams in conference play with nine.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME — The Beavers are 10-7 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 one category — doubles per game and double plays per game. The Beavers are 39th for double plays per game (0.37). Individually, junior Audrey Roderfeld is 40th for total home runs (14.0). Sophomore Paige Hall is 43rd for walks per game (0.69).
ASSISTING DOUBLE VISION — The Beavers led the conference for most of the season for the most doubles, now are third with 68 so far on the season. Oregon State also leads the Pac-10 in assists with 476, led by conference leading assist maker sophomore Nikki Chandler with 135, well out in front of second place.
RODERFELD RBI — Junior Audrey Roderfeld has 45 RBI through 52 games to lead the Beavers. She is currently tied for fifth all-time for most RBI in a single season, only three away from tying the school record. She’s batted in those runs on 47 total hits, including 12 doubles and 14 home runs for a .313 batting average. She had 150 total at bats and has added 13 walks and reached seven times on hit by pitch. Last season, Roderfeld finished the season with 37 RBI and is currently ninth all-time for career RBI with 111. Overall Roderfeld is tied for third all-time on the career home runs list with 35, only seven away from tying for second all-time, and she is third all-time for most home runs in a single season with 14, one more than 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 .355 batting average. 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 sixth most stolen bases in a single season with 13.
DOREMUS DOUBLES — Freshman Maggie Doremus’ bat has come alive in conference play, hitting five of her seven season doubles against Pac-10 opponents to tie for the fourth most in conference only play. Doremus tied the school record for most doubles in a single game with two twice this season in back-to-back weekends against Stanford and UCLA.
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 was televised via tape delay on FSN. The game was played at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium at 7:00 p.m.
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.
Junior McKenna Lowe is the final softball Everyday Champion for the 2009-10 year. She is a three-year starter in the outfield and as a freshman went on a 12-game hitting streak. Lowe is a business major and comes from a family of successful softball players. Her older sister, Caitlin, was an All-American at Arizona and is on the U.S. National Team, while other older sister, Paige, lettered four years for Oregon State and currently plays on the PFX Tour.
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.
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