Softball Ready For Games With Portland State And Oregon

April 10, 2001



Thursday April 12, 2001
No. 16 OSU at Portland State - 4 p.m. PST, Portland, OR

Saturday April 14, 2001
No. 16 OSU at Oregon - 12 p.m. PST, Eugene, OR
(Double-header) (Game-1 Fox Sports - tape delay)

A GLANCE AT THE VIKINGS: Portland State enters Thursday's double-header with Oregon State on a three-game winning streak. The Vikings are paced by Kiauna Anderson's .339 batting average while Morgan Seibert leads the team on the mound with an 11-11 record and 2.44 ERA. As a team, PSU is hitting .215 while its opponents have a .250 batting average. Portland State swept its double-header with OSU's rival, University of Oregon, on April 3, by scores of 4-2 and 8-7. The Vikings were blanked, 20-0, by the UCLA Bruins in the opening weekend of the season. Oregon State leads the all-time series with PSU 50-25-1, and the Beavers are 11-3 against the Vikings with Kirk Walker at the helm.

SERIES NOTE: Oregon State has won three-straight and seven of the last eight against Portland State. The last Viking victory was a 1-0 shutout on May 5, 1999.

A GLANCE AT THE DUCKS: Oregon enters Saturday's Civil War double-header with Oregon State with a 23-24 overall record and 1-5 Pac-10 Conference mark. The Ducks picked up their lone conference victory with a 4-0 shutout against Arizona State on April 1, but have lost six straight since. Lisa Wangler and Alyssa Laux lead the team with .378 and .373 batting averages, respectively. All four of Oregon's pitchers have ERA's of at least 3.13. On the season, the Ducks are batting .263 while their opponents are hitting .244. Oregon leads the all-time series with OSU, 61-71-1 but the Beavers are 13-12-1 under head coach Kirk Walker.

SERIES NOTE: Oregon State has won five-straight against Oregon. The last Duck victory was a 1-0 shutout in Eugene on April 3, 1999.

ON TELEVISION: Game-one of Saturday's Civil War double-header will be broadcast on Fox Sports Northwest on a tape-delay basis. The Duck-Beaver battle will air same-day, at 3:30 p.m.

LOOKING BACK AT SAINT MARY'S: Oregon State completely dominated Saint Mary's last Thursday to earn a 6-0 victory and end a three-game losing streak. Pitcher Crystal Draper allowed just one hit in the contest while striking out seven on her way to recording her seventh shutout of the season. The Beavers pounded 10 hits in the contest. Sophomore Clare Burnum finished a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with a double and two runs scored. Teammate Shelly Prochaska went 2-for-3 with a run scored while Cara Maxey went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Steph Adams belted her fourth home run of the season.

LOOKING BACK AT STANFORD: Oregon State dropped a pair of games against No. 4 ranked Stanford, losing 9-4 on Saturday and suffering a 4-0 loss on Sunday. The Beavers amassed eight hits in the series opener but the Cardinal put four runs on the board with two outs in the first inning and added another run in the second to put the game out of reach. Cara Maxey finished the day a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate while Michelle Notaro went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Clare Burnum continued her hot-hitting with a 2-for-3 one RBI effort. In Sunday's contest, the Beavers amassed just three hits and were unable to take advantage of runners that got on base. Stanford scored three runs in the first inning but OSU's Crystal Draper kept the Cardinal hitters at bay for the rest of the game.

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY: Two of Oregon State's six Pac-10 games have been rained out so far this season. The first game washed away was against No. 2 Arizona in OSU's home-opening weekend in Salem. The Beavers' contest with No. 5 California last Friday was also cancelled because of heavy precipitation. It has yet to be determined if either game will be re-scheduled.

PAC-10 PAST: Oregon State, currently 0-4 in Pacific-10 Conference action, dropped its first six conference games in 2000. The Beavers ended their Pac-10 drought with a 2-0 victory on April 11, against Oregon in Eugene.

NATIONALLY RANKED: Oregon State dropped two spots to No. 16 in the USA Today/NFCA poll released on April 4. Five Pac-10 Conference teams rank in the top-10. UCLA, is currently ranked No. 1 while Arizona ranks No. 2, Stanford is No. 4, California is No. 5 and Arizona State sits at No. 9. The Beavers garnered a No. 12 final ranking after last season's 40-21-1 record.

FACING THE BEST: Oregon State finished the 2000 campaign with a 12-17 record against nationally ranked opponents. The No. 14 ranked Beavers are 5-9-1 against ranked teams so far this season.

BATTING BITS: The Beavers have a 28-12-1 (.700) record when facing right handed pitchers this season. Oregon State is just 2-3 (.400) against left-handed hurlers.

CROSSING THE PLATE: Oregon State has an 11-3 (.786) record in games decided by five runs or more. The Beavers are 6-7 (.462) in one run contests.

GETTING THE 'K': Oregon State's pitchers have combined for 258 strikeouts over the first 46 games of the season, an average of nearly six K's per game. The even more impressive number is that OSU's hurlers have walked just 77 batters all season for a 3.4 strikeout-walk ratio.

BIG WEEK: Sophomore Clare Burnum had a big week for the Beavers, leading the team in batting with a .667 average in OSU's last three games. Burnum, from Canby, OR, went 6-for-9 from the plate, scored two runs, belted a pair of doubles and had an RBI. She currently owns a team-high three-game hitting streak and leads Oregon State in batting with a .298 average. A transfer from Nebraska, Burnum is tied for the team lead in doubles (8), triples (2) and stolen bases (8).

MOVIN' ON UP: Sophomore Steph Adams continues to advance in OSU's record books for home runs hit in her career. Adams has moved into sole possession of third place in the record book with 11 long balls. The former North Medford High grad belted her fourth home run of the season last Thursday at Saint Mary's which moves her into the team lead and ties her for eighth place with Kim Herman (1999) in OSU's single season record book.

DRAPER DATA: Pitcher Crystal Draper enters the week leading the Beavers in wins with a 17-8 overall record. Draper has moved into a tie with Denise Smail (1976-79) for third place in the OSU record books with a total of 49 career wins. The junior needs seven more victories to surpass Joan Harvey (1982-85) and move into sole possession of second place. Draper has struck out 128 batters while allowing only 29 walks this season, a 4.4 strikeout-walk ratio. The opposition is hitting just .180 when the right-handed hurler is on the mound. The Hood River Valley High grad also leads the squad with a 1.31 ERA.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Freshman pitcher Monica Hoffman currently has an 11-7 overall record for the Beavers. Hoffman's 128.0 innings of work ranks sixth in the Pac-10 Conference. The Central Catholic grad has recorded 14 complete games, four shutouts and 105 strikeouts on the season.

LEADING THE PAC: Pitcher Crystal Draper leads the Pac-10 Conference in games started this season with 24. Draper's name dots three other conference pitching categories, ranking second in innings pitched (166.0), second in appearances (29) and fourth in wins (17). The junior hurlers 17 victories also rank 19th nationally.

ON THE BASEPATHS: Senior Brooke Rutschman continues to move up the ladder in the OSU career record books for stolen bases. Rutschman's 27 swipes rank third on the Beavers' all-time list. The centerfielder has eight swipes in 10 attempts this season, which ties her with Clare Burnum (8-for-9) for the team lead. Rutschman need just four more steals to move past Denise Smail (1976-79) and move into sole possession of second place the record books.

MORE BASEPATHS: Senior Shawna Feldt has moved into a tie for fourth place in the OSU record books with 21 career steals while teammate Michelle Chariton's 19 swipes ranks in a tie for seventh place.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Senior Brooke Rutschman leads Oregon State with a .400 batting average in 30 at bats with runners in scoring position. Fellow senior Shawna Feldt is leading the squad in RBI with a .615 average when a runner is on third base with less than two outs.

FAST FACT: As a team the Beavers have recorded 63 two-out RBI while their opponents have knocked in 28 runs with two-down.

TOUGH D: The 2000 Beavers set a school record with a .973 fielding percentage, committing just 47 errors in 1,270 attempts. Oregon State has committed 42 errors in 46 games this season and currently has a .969 fielding percentage, while its opponents have committed 73 errors for a .950 fielding percentage.

DOUBLE PLAY: Oregon State ranks third in the Pac-10 for double plays with 13 this season. Saturday's opponent Oregon, ranks second with 16 double plays while No. 1 ranked UCLA has turned two on 18 different occasions.

IN THE DUGOUT: Third-year assistant coach Jenny Condon returns to Oregon State after a one-year stint at UNLV last season. Condon helped lead the Beavers to their first NCAA Regional Tournament appearance in 1999. Heather Smith is back for her second season on the sidelines as an assistant after finishing her playing career with Oregon State in 1999.

THE WORD ON WALKER: Head coach Kirk Walker is in his seventh season at the helm for the Beavers. Walker, a graduate of UCLA, has turned around Oregon State's softball program to make it a contender on a national scale. Walker has an overall coaching record of 201-203-3 and a 42-118 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. Prior to his arrival at Oregon State, Walker spent 11 seasons at national powerhouse UCLA as a manager and assistant coach. During his time in Westwood, the Bruins won six NCAA titles and made 10 appearances in the College World Series.

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