No. 14 Softball Travels To Portland State On Tuesday

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April 22, 2002



Tuesday, April 23, 2002
No. 14 OSU at Portland State - 4 p.m. PST, Portland, OR
(Double-header)(Action Sports Cable Network)

SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE: Portland State enters the week with a 16-23 overall record before playing a double-header with University of Oregon on Monday and then meeting Oregon State on Tuesday. Junior Nichole Ivie is the lone Viking player batting over .300 and leads the team with a .324 mark. Ivie also boasts a team-best 20 RBI and five home runs. Monica Martell leads the team with 14 runs scored, while batting .298. Junior pitcher Morgan Seibert leads the squad with a 1.74 ERA and 176 strikeouts. As a team, Portland State and its opponents are batting .239. Head coach Teri Mariani recorded her 600th career win over the weekend.

BEAVERS AND VIKINGS SERIES NUMBERS: Oregon State leads the all-time series with Portland State, 53-26-1 and is 14-4 against the Vikings with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU has won two-straight against PSU and five of its last six. The Vikings became just the second team to beat the Beavers in the OSU Softball Complex with a 1-0 victory on May 2, 2001. OSU recovered to earn an 8-0, six-inning, victory in the nightcap as Crystal Draper threw her third career no-hitter.

ISN'T THAT ODD (OR EVEN): Over the last five years Oregon State has dropped a game to Portland State one season and then swept the series with the Vikings the next year. OSU swept the series with PSU in 1998 and 2000 while dropping a game to the Vikings during the 1997, 1999 and 2001 campaigns.

TV TIME: Tuesday's double-header between Oregon State and Portland State University will be broadcast live on the Action Sports Cable Network throughout the Portland area. Bob Akamian will be calling the play-by-play with Ann Schatz providing the color commentary.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 2 UCLA: Kelly Petersen's sixth inning infield single proved to be the only hit that No. 14 Oregon State could come up with against No. 2 UCLA last Friday. The Bruins jumped in front early with three runs in the first inning en route to a 7-0 victory.

LOOKING BACK AT No. 9 WASHINGTON: No. 9 ranked University of Washington maintained its dominance of No. 14 Oregon State in Seattle, sweeping the Beavers, 3-1 and 1-0 over the weekend. On Saturday the Huskies used three consecutive singles in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead and added two more runs in the fifth when Kristen Rivera homered to deep center field off of reliever Kristen Hunter. Jessica King led the Beavers with a 2-for-3 effort from the plate, including a double. In Sunday's contest OSU hurler Monica Hoffman allowed just three hits but UW scored an unearned run in the third inning and offensively the Beavers were unable to get across the plate despite out-hitting the Huskies, 4-3.

PLANES, VANS, AND BUSES: Oregon State's chaotic road swing of Corvallis to Eugene to Los Angeles to Seattle and back to Corvallis over 3.5 days, completed the toughest road-trip (mileage wise) in the Pac-10. To make matters more interesting, upon arrival at the Los Angeles Airport on Thursday night, players waited patiently for nearly two hours while the team vans were picked up - the rental site didn't have the usual, two 15-passenger vans available so one passenger van, a Ford Excursion, and a mini-van were utilized. Oregon State is just 2-22 against the Bruins in the Los Angeles and 1-14 against the Huskies in Seattle.

SHOELESS JOE, OR TRACI: Oregon State catcher Traci Feldt found herself shoeless for Saturday's game against University of Washington as her travel bag was lost on the flight to Seattle from Los Angeles. Feldt, the designated player against the Huskies, borrowed teammate Kathryn Neufeld's cleats for the game and singled in her first appearance at the plate.

PINCH-HIT PROBLEMS: On the season, Oregon State pinch hitters have a combined batting average of just .178 (8-for-45). The last six at bats by a Beaver pinch hitter have resulted in a strikeout

WHO TO WATCH: Junior Jessica King led the Beavers with a .500 batting average (3-for-6) over the weekend. King also belted her fourth double of the season, while boasting a .667 slugging percentage and .571 on base percentage. She moved into the No. 2 spot in the Beavers' batting line-up on Sunday against Washington, and after two appearances as the second batter, is hitting .500 (2-for-4).

FAST FACT: Oregon State's current four-game losing streak is its longest of the season. The Beavers have dropped seven of their past eight games but all have been against teams ranked in the Top-10 nationally.

THEN AND NOW: Oregon State enters the week with a 32-16 overall record, four batters hitting over .300 and a combined ERA of 1.63. Last season after 48 games, the Beavers had a 32-15-1 overall record, no players hitting above .300 and a combined ERA of 1.41. This year's squad has out-scored its opponents, 144-102, while in 2001 the Beavers held a 194-91 advantage in runs at this point in the season.

CHERRIES, WRESTLING AND MORE: Senior pitcher Crystal Draper, a professed WWF fan, has surpassed UCLA star DeeDee Weiman (1990-94), and moved into seventh place in the Pacific-10 Conference record book with 749 strikeouts in her career.

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: Oregon State wrapped up its first season of play at the OSU Softball Complex with a 7-2 record in 2001, including five victories against Top-25 teams (No. 1 UCLA, No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 California (2) and No. 12 Washington). OSU has a 7-4 record in Corvallis this year with a 2-4 mark against teams ranked in the Top-25. Stanford is the only team to beat the Beavers twice in the OSU Complex and five of Oregon State's six all-time losses have come against teams ranked in the Top-15.

LEAD-OFF: Senior centerfielder Michelle Chariton is hitting a whopping .632 (12-for-19) when she is the lead-off batter during an inning. Jessica King boasts a .522 (12-for-23) batting average when she's up first in the frame. Chariton and King switched places in the OSU line-up on Sunday at University of Washington, with Chariton moving to the No. 9 spot and King moving to No. 2. Both players are sporting two-game hitting streaks.

CLEAN-UP: Junior Shelly Prochaska has started 46 games this season as Oregon State's No. 4 batter. The Aloha, OR, native is currently fourth on the squad with a .307 batting average, up 29 points from her career mark of .278. She also leads the team in walks (22) and ranks third in the OSU record book with 64 in her career. Prochaska needs just 14 more hits to move into the OSU career top-5 - she currently ranks in seventh place with 142 hits.

TURNING TWO: Oregon State has turned 18 double plays on the season. The Beavers have turned-two nine times in the first 12 Pac-10 games. The OSU record for double-plays in a single season is 24, set during the 1984 campaign.

HITTING BIG: Junior second baseman Brynnen Guthrie is tied for the team-lead with a .338 batting average (52-for-154). Guthrie's 52 hits, four home runs and 23 RBI are the most on the squad. She also leads the team in batting average during Pac-10 games with a .353 mark (12-for-34).

BIG 'D' NO 'E': Outfielders Michelle Chariton and Jessica King are two of just nine players in the Pac-10 to have a perfect fielding percentage. Chariton has 31 put-outs and three assists without an error while King has made 23 put-outs with 4 assists.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum leads the Beavers in doubles with 14 on the year - the third highest single season total at Oregon State. Burnum currently ranks in fourth place in the OSU record book with 25 doubles in her career. The Canby, Ore., native has equaled the school record of two doubles in a game twice already this year, doing so in wins over San Diego and St. Mary's (Calif.). The Beavers have four active players among the top six on the career doubles list, senior first baseman Jenni Jodoin (27), Burnum (26), junior outfielder Steph Adams (24), and junior catcher/dp Shelly Prochaska (24), are third-through fifth.

TRIPLE TIME: Clare Burnum tied a school record when she hit two triples in a 5-0 win over San Jose State on March 3 at the Fullerton Worth Tournament. Andrea Talcott set the original record on April 2, 1993 against Stanford. The triples were the first of the season for Burnum, she now has five for her career at OSU.

ON THE BASEPATHS: Junior Clare Burnum leads the Beavers with eight stolen bases (8-for-11) on the season. Senior Michelle Chariton is second on the squad with five swipes while junior Brynnen Guthrie has four. Chariton is tied for second place in the OSU record book with 30 steals in her career. The Boise, ID, native needs just three swipes to surpass Lianne Watanabe (1984-87) and become the Beavers' all-time leader. Last season, Chariton led Oregon State with a perfect 13-for-13 mark on stolen bases, setting the OSU single-season record for swipes.

KING COMMENTS: Junior outfielder Jessica King has upped her batting average significantly over last season's mark. King, who hit .226 as a sophomore, is currently fifth on the squad with a .291 batting average, including four doubles and her first career triple. The Gresham High grad has 25 hits on the year, four more than she had in her first two seasons combined at OSU. King currently ranks second on the squad in batting average during Pac-10 games with a .348 mark (8-for-23). On the year, she has seen action in 44 games, making 31 starts, including eight consecutive.

BURNUM BITS: Junior third baseman Clare Burnum is tied for the team-lead with a .338 (48-for-142) batting average. Burnum leads the Beavers in runs (25), doubles (14), triples (2), stolen bases (8), slugging percentage (.486), and on base percentage (.425). She has been the most consistent OSU hitter on the season - proving beyond a doubt that rapper Tupac Shakur is back in action. Burnum ranks first on the team in multiple hit games and is the lone player to start all 48 contests this season.

DRAPER DOMINANCE: Senior pitcher Crystal Draper ranks as the Oregon State career leader for strikeouts with 749. Draper has struckout 158 batters this season, ranking fourth in the Pac-10. Her five complete games on the year have moved her into third place in the OSU record book with 68 complete games in her career. Her 70 victories are second only to All-American Tarrah Beyster (91). On the season, Draper has a 10-4 record with a 1.80 ERA. Draper's 29 appearances are the most of any OSU pitcher this season.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore hurler Monica Hoffman leads the Beavers with a 1.15 ERA. Hoffman had a streak of consecutive innings pitched without allowing an earned run, snapped at 40.2 innings, against No. 3 Stanford on April 7. Hoffman became just the second OSU pitcher (Crystal Draper) to throw three no-hitters in her career and first to throw three in one season when she blanked University of Oregon on April 2 in Eugene. She threw a pair of no-hitters, including a perfect game, within six days of each other earlier this season. Hoffman ranks second on the squad with 121 strikeouts and leads the team by allowing opposing batters to hit just .149 when she's in the circle. Her 14 games finished in relief rank second in the Pac-10.

HUNTER HYPE: Junior pitcher Kristen Hunter, an All-American at Fresno State, boasts an 11-5 record on the mound for the Beavers. Hunter brings a 2.03 ERA into the week after 26 appearances. Hunter was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 25-31 after going 2-0 with a save, in her three appearances on the mound for the Beavers. She has forced 163 groundouts on the year compared to just 47 outs in the air.

FRESHMEN FIGURES: Four freshmen have seen action so far this year for the Beavers. Kelly Petersen has started all 47 games she has participated in at shortstop - she missed the April 7 game against No. 3 Stanford after suffering a concussion on a collision. Petersen is batting .238 with four doubles and 18 RBI. Petersen is also tied for the longest hitting streak on the season at 10 games. Alana Mendoza has started 39 of 45 games at left field, second base and designated hitter. Mendoza is batting .252 with seven multiple-hit games. Miranda Dellinger has seen limited action at the plate (2-for-6), but has appeared in 24 games, scoring seven runs, mostly as a pinch runner. Pitcher Kathryn Neufeld has a 2.10 ERA in 3 1/3 innings of work.

GETTING THE 'K': Oregon State's pitching staff enters the week with an incredible 367-76 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Senior hurler Crystal Draper leads the way with a 158-19 ratio. Junior Kristen Hunter boasts an 88-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio while sophomore Monica Hoffman has a 121-35 mark.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State continues to maintain an advantage over its opponents in several categories:
- Team batting average: .268-.190
- Runs scored: 144-102
- Hits: 329-227
- RBI: 126-89
- Total bases: 426-336
- Walks: 104-76
- On base percentage: .330-.248
- Earned run average: 1.63-2.46
- Strikeouts (pitching): 367-189

MAKING THE START: Junior Clare Burnum is the only Oregon State player to start all 48 games this year at the same position. The 2001 honorable mention All-Pac-10 performer has anchored third base for the Beavers.

PAC-10 POWER: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads are ranked in the April 17 USA Today/NFCA Poll as follows: 1. Arizona (26), 2. UCLA (1), 3. Stanford, 6. Arizona State, 8. California, 9. Washington 14. Oregon State.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 6-10 against opponents ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Poll Top-25. OSU finished the 2001 campaign with a 12-16-1 record against nationally ranked opponents. Of the Beavers' 69 games in 2001, 29 (42-percent), were against top-25 squads.

THEY'RE BAAACK: Of last year's 15 letterwinners, 13 returned to the squad this year, along with seven newcomers. Seven of OSU's nine starters from last year are back as well.

IN THE DUGOUT: Fourth-year assistant coach Jenny Condon is back at Oregon State after a one-year stint at UNLV during the 2000 season. Condon helped lead the Beavers to their first NCAA Regional Tournament appearance in 1999. Heather Smith is back for her third season on the sidelines as an assistant after finishing her playing career with Oregon State in 1999. Shawna Feldt returns to OSU as a student assistant coach after completing her standout career last season. The former shortstop, who ranks as OSU's all-time leader in runs scored, was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and ranks in Oregon State's career top 10 in eight different batting categories.

THE WORD ON WALKER: Head coach Kirk Walker is in his eighth 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 247-226-3 and a 57-131 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, and has 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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