No. 14 Softball Gets Ready For Busy Week

May 1, 2001


Wednesday May 2, 2001
Portland State at No. 14 OSU - 2 p.m. PST, Corvallis, OR

Thursday May 3, 2001
No. 14 OSU at Portland State - 4 p.m. PST, Portland, OR

Friday May 4, 2001
No. 14 OSU at No. 13 Washington - 2 p.m. PST, Seattle, WA

Saturday May 5, 2001
No. 14 OSU at No. 2 UCLA - 2 p.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA

Sunday May 6, 2001
No. 14 OSU at No. 2 UCLA - 1 p.m. PST, Los Angeles, CA

A GLANCE AT THE VIKINGS: Portland State enters the week looking to break a 10-game losing streak against Oregon State on Wednesday. Kiauna Anderson leads the squad with a .312 batting average, 20 RBI, 14 doubles, and five home runs. As a team the Vikings are hitting .201 while their opponents have a .277 batting average. Pitchers Morgan Seibert and Nicole Ivie have a combined 3.14 ERA. Seibert has recorded 179 strikeouts on the year. Oregon State leads the all-time series with Portland State, 51-25-1 and the Beavers are 12-3 against the Vikings under the direction of Kirk Walker.

PORTLAND STATE THE FIRST TIME AROUND: Oregon State took advantage of timely hitting to top Portland State, 3-0 on April 12. The Beavers got on the board with a pair of runs in the third inning as Shannon Sorg and Michelle Chariton (who both reached on singles) were knocked in by sophomore Clare Burnum's two-out double to left-center. OSU added another run in the seventh when Steph Adams recorded an inside-the-park homerun.

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

A GLANCE AT THE HUSKIES: Washington enters the week with a 33-18 overall record and 7-7 mark in the Pac-10. The Huskies boast three players that are batting over .300 with Kelly Hauxhurst's .388 average leading the squad. Pitcher Tia Bollinger leads the team with a 0.91 ERA and 29-4 record. Bollinger has 210 strikeouts on the season and just 45 walks. The Huskies have won five of their last six games since an 8-3 loss to Oregon State on April 22. Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State 28-5 but the Beavers are 5-21 against the Huskies with Kirk Walker at the helm.

WASHINGTON THE FIRST TIME AROUND: Oregon State and Washington split a pair of games on April 21-22. UW took first contest by a score of 2-0. The Huskies overcame a career-high 13 strikeouts by OSU pitcher Monica Hoffman to score both of their runs in the fourth inning for the victory. The Beavers were held to just three hits on the afternoon. Oregon State took the second game, 8-3. OSU pitcher Crystal Draper allowed just two hits in the contest and the Beavers rallied for five runs in the fourth inning capped off by a two-out 2-RBI double by Clare Burnum.

SERIES NOTE: Washington has won five of the last seven meetings with Oregon State with the Beavers and Huskies splitting games earlier this season. UW has dominated the games played in Seattle but the Beavers took last season's Pac-10 finale on May 13, by a score of 1-0. Current student assistant coach Tarrah Beyster's home run in the ninth inning provided all of the scoring in the contest, marking the first-ever win for OSU in the Emerald City.

A GLANCE AT THE BRUINS: UCLA enters the week with a 49-4 overall record and 10-4 mark in the Pac-10. Three Bruins are hitting over .400 and a total of nine players are batting plus .300. Natasha Watley leads the squad with a .432 average and has 33 RBI and 43 stolen bases on the season. Stacey Nuveman ranks second on the team with a .429 average and has 14 home runs and 58 RBI. Four UCLA pitchers are combining for a 0.83 ERA while their opponents are giving up 5.65 runs per game. The Bruins have won seven-straight since falling to OSU, 2-1 on April 20. UCLA leads the all-time series with OSU, 56-5 but the Beavers are 5-23 against the Bruins under head coach Kirk Walker.

UCLA THE FIRST TIME AROUND: Oregon State knocked off top-ranked UCLA 2-1 in the opening game of the new OSU Softball Complex on April 20. The win was just the fifth-ever for Oregon State against the Bruins. Senior Brooke Rutschman recorded the first hit in the stadium to lead off the game and Rutschman eventually scored the game-winning run as she and Michelle Chariton were knocked in on Clare Burnum's fifth inning 2-out single to right field. Hurler Crystal Draper struck out six on her way to earning her 20th win of the year.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA: The top-ranked Arizona Wildcats held on to sweep last Friday's double-header with Oregon State, 1-0 and 7-1. In the opening game, OSU pitcher Crystal Draper allowed just five hits and only two that left the infield but a high chopper over third base in the fifth inning allowed the Wildcats to score the lone run of the game. Arizona pitcher Jennie Finch allowed just two hits and struck out eight on the way to improving to 22-0 on the year. The Beavers struggled to get any momentum going in the second game, as the Wildcats pounded 10 hits to OSU'S six and pulled away for the victory.

LOOKING BACK AT ARIZONA STATE: Oregon State swept both games of the weekend series with No. 9 Arizona State, 2-0 and 4-3. Crystal Draper picked up the win in both contests to improve her season record to 24-9. In Saturday's game, the Beavers reeled off five consecutive singles to left field and scored both of their runs in the first inning for the victory. Sophomore Jessica King homered to start the scoring in Sunday's game and the Beavers took advantage of a costly ASU error in the fourth inning to score three runs. The Sun Devils out-hit the Beavers 10-6 in the contest.

ON THE AIR IN SEATTLE: Oregon State's game against Washington on Friday will be broadcast on the radio in the Seattle area. Station KSRB (1150-AM) will air the broadcast with the pre-game show starting at 1:45 p.m.

NATIONALLY RANKED: Oregon State sits at No. 14 in the USA Today/NFCA poll released on April 25. Four Pac-10 Conference teams remain ranked in the top-5. Arizona takes over No. 1 for the first time this season while Saturday and Sunday's opponent, UCLA, moves to No. 2. Stanford and California remain at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Arizona State is in a tie for No. 9 while Friday's opponent, Washington ranks No. 13. 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 9-12-1 against Top-25 teams so far this season.

REGIONAL POSSIBILITIES: After knocking off No. 9 Arizona State in two games last week, Oregon State has moved into a tie for fourth place in the Pacific-10 Conference standings with a 7-7 conference record. The Beavers bolstered chances of hosting the NCAA Regional Tournament from May 17-21 with the victories and a win against Washington (7-7) on Friday would heighten OSU's chances even more.

RIGHT DEFENSE: In last Saturday's 2-0 victory against No. 9 Arizona State, OSU right fielder Cara Maxey made a diving catch to help squash a potential ASU scoring threat. In Sunday's game, the exact scenario appeared again, only this time sophomore Jessica King made the diving grab in right to keep the Sun Devils from scoring and allow OSU to hold on for the 4-3 victory.

FAST FACT: Junior pitcher Crystal Draper has not allowed opposing teams to score in the first inning when she is on the mound. Draper has faced 71 batters in the opening inning, allowing just 10 hits and striking out 16.

GETTING THE 'K': Oregon State's pitchers have combined for 321 strikeouts over the first 57 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 95 batters all season for a 3.4 strikeout-walk ratio.

DEEP THREAT: Sophomore Jessica King belted a solo home run over the right field fence to start off the scoring in Oregon State's 4-3 victory over No. 9 Arizona State Sunday. The long ball was the first of the season for King and the second of her career. Fellow sophomore Steph Adams leads the squad in home runs this season with six round-trippers. Adams has 13 home runs in her career and needs just one more long ball to tie Jenni Jodoin (1998-00) for second place in the OSU record books.

STREAKS TO WATCH: Sophomore Shelly Prochaska has a four-game hitting streak heading into Wednesday's double-header against Portland State. The four-game streak matches her longest of the year. Prochaska had a career-high nine-game hitting streak in 2000.

MOVING `EM ALONG: Senior Brooke Rutschman leads the Beavers in advancing runners when at the plate. Rutschman advanced 46 runners in 81 opportunities for a .568 percentage.

LEAD - ON: Senior shortstop Shawna Feldt has reached base leading off the inning 28 times this season in 68 chances for a team-leading .412 leadoff percentage. Feldt is also leading the Beavers in overall batting average with a .292 clip.

DRAPER DATA: Pitcher Crystal Draper (24-9) has moved into a tie with Joan Harvey (1982-85) for second place in the OSU record books with a total of 55 career wins. The junior hurler has struck out 164 batters on the season while allowing only 35 walks for a 4.7 strikeout-walk ratio. The opposition is hitting just .182 against the right-hander in 765 at bats. The Hood River Valley High grad also leads the squad with a 1.21 ERA and her 24 victories rank 15th nationally.

ON THE BASEPATHS: Senior Brooke Rutschman continues to add to her total of stolen bases in the OSU career record books. Rutschman's 28 steals rank third on the Beavers' all-time list. The centerfielder has nine swipes in 11 attempts this season, which is the most attempts of any OSU player this season. Rutschman needs just three more steals to move past Denise Smail (1976-79) and into sole possession of second place the record books.

MORE BASEPATHS: Junior Michelle Chariton leads the Beavers with a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen bases this season. Chariton has jumped into sole possession of fourth place in the OSU record books with 22 career steals. Teammate Shawna Feldt slides down a notch into a tie for fifth place with 21 career stolen bases.

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 52 errors in 57 games this season and currently has a .969 fielding percentage, while its opponents have committed 84 errors for a .954 fielding percentage.

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 209-206-3 and a 49-121 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. Walker has been selected as one of just 12 coaches named to the USA Softball National Team Coaches Pool with a chance to coach in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. 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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