No. 23 Beavers To Play In Fiesta Bowl Tournament

Feb. 5, 2003

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ASU FIESTA BOWL TOURNAMENTFriday, Feb. 7: OSU vs. Iowa State - 10 a.m., Tempe, AZFriday, Feb. 7: OSU vs. Texas Tech - 4:30 p.m., Tempe, AZSaturday, Feb. 8:  OSU vs. UNLV - 10 a.m., Tempe, AZSaturday, Feb. 8:  OSU vs. Utah -  12:30 p.m., Tempe, AZSunday, Feb. 9: OSU vs. Wisconsin - 7 a.m., Tempe, AZSunday, Feb. 9: OSU vs. SW Texas State - 9 a.m., Tempe, AZ-all times Pacific-

LAST TIME OUT AT THE FIESTA BOWL TOURNAMENT: The Beavers last competed in the Fiesta Bowl Tournament during the 2000 season. OSU went 5-0, defeating Utah State ( 9-3), Utah (11-3), Chattanooga (2-0), Texas A&M (9-6), and Wisconsin (2-1).

SCOUTING IOWA STATE: The Iowa State Cyclones will see their first action of the 2003 season at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament. The Cyclones finished the 2002 season with a 19-25 overall record and a 6-12 mark in the Big 12 Conference (8th place). Iowa State returns eight starters, including three pitchers. The team and pitching staff is led by senior Erica Martinez who posted a 10-17 record behind a 3.42 ERA; at the plate she batted .383 with 31 RBI and 10 home runs. Sophomore Lindsey Herrin and junior Julia Lindsey also posted solid numbers at the plate. Herrin hit .318 with 37 RBI and 11 home runs in 129 at bats. Lindsey posted a .301 batting average and 43 hits with eight doubles in 143 at bats.

OSU AND IOWA STATE SERIES NOTES: The Fiesta Bowl Tournament marks the first meeting between Oregon State and Iowa State.

SCOUTING TEXAS TECH: The Texas Tech Red Raiders come into the Fiesta Bowl Tournament with a 2-3 record on the season and are coming off of a 4-2 win over Houston. Senior Kristi Robles leads the team in hitting with a .333 average, including one home run, and six hits in 18 at bats. Sophomore Kristina Blair has been the most consistent member of the pitching staff thus far with an ERA of 0.60 and a record of 1-1 in 15 innings pitched.

OSU AND TEXAS TECH SERIES NOTES: OSU has compiled a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series against Texas Tech. The teams last met in 2002 when the Beavers downed the Red Raiders, 8-0. Brynnen Guthrie went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI a nd four runs scored. Monica Hoffman and Crystal Draper combined to shutout the Red Raiders who managed only two hits. Beaver head coach Kirk Walker is 2-0 all-time against Texas Tech.

SCOUTING UNLV: Head coach Shan McDonald leads the Rebels for the 17th consecutive season. UNLV is 2-0 on the year and boasts a .292 team batting average. Sophomore Jackie Kerrigan is credited with both wins on the mound for the Rebels and maintains a 2.25 ERA in eight innings pitched. Junior Lisa Moses boasts a .625 batting average with three RBI and a double.

OSU AND UNLV SERIES NOTES: OSU knocked off UNLV, 1-0 when the teams last met on March 27, 2002 in Corvallis. The game's lone run came in the bottom of the sixth inning when UNLV's pitcher walked Kelly Petersen with the bases loaded, advancing Michelle Chariton for the winning run. Monica Hoffman struck out nine batters on the day en route to her ninth win of the season.

SCOUTING UTAH: Head coach Mona Stevens enters her seventh year at the helm of her alma mater, Utah. Stevens has a 217-150-1 record at Utah and enters the 2003 season on the heels of a 30-36 overall record in 2002 including a second place in the Mountain West Conference with a 10-2 record. The Utes return four starters including both of their starting pitchers. Senior Jen Pursell led the hurlers with a 2.93 ERA and 146 strike outs. Junior Melissa Stahnke will anchor the Utes at the plate, after finishing the 2002 campaign with a .308 average, 16 home runs, and 46 RBI.

OSU AND UTAH SERIES NOTES: OSU has a 4-7 all-time record against Utah and is 3-3 under the direction of head coach Kirk Walker. The Beavers and Utes last met on Feb. 18, 2001 at the UNLV Tournament. The No. 25 ranked Utes reeled off a 12-6 victory and pounded 14 hits in the contest. Steph Adams led the Beaver attack with two hits and two RBI.

SCOUTING WISCONSIN: Wisconsin will see its first action of the season at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament. The Badgers return eight starters from a squad that finished 31-22 on the year and 11-6 in league play, good enough for a fourth place finish in the Big Ten and trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament. The Badgers are anchored by righthander Andrea Kirchberg (1.33 ERA, 20-16 record, 300 K's) and first baseman Meghan Reiss (.287 avg, 14RBI, .382 OB%).

OSU VS WISCONSIN SERIES NOTES: Oregon State boasts a 3-0 all-time record against Wisconsin - all three wins have come under the direction of head coach Kirk Walker. The Beavers defeated the Badgers 1-0 when the two teams last faced off on May 16 at the 2002 NCAA Regional Tournament. Crystal Draper and Monica Hoffman combined to deliver 10 strikeouts, Hoffman was credited with her 14th win of the season. Brynnen Guthrie was 2-for-2 on the day. Michelle Chariton scored the Beavers only run in the first inning. With Chariton on second, Shelly Prochaska hit a ball that bounced off of third base toward the Beaver dugout, allowing Chariton to round third and score.

SCOUTING SW TEXAS STATE: Head coach Ricci Woodward is in his third year at the helm for the Bobcats and has a 91-34 record all-time. The Bobcats finished 2002 with a 37-22 record including a 23-4 first place finish in the Southland Conference. SW Texas went 3-2 at the SWT/CenturyTel Softball Classic Jan. 31-Feb. 2, defeating Arkansas 4-1, Houston 3-1, Texas A&M-CC 2-1 and falling to Texas Tech 2-1 and Oregon 2-1. The Bobcats are led by Nicole Neurberger who currently has a 2-1 record with a 0.95 ERA and 33 strike outs in 22 innings pitched. Ryan Stukel has posted the biggest offensive threat to opposition thus far with a .429 batting average, including five RBI and three home runs.

OSU VS SW TEXAS STATE NOTES: The only meeting between the two teams came under the direction of Kirk Walker and resulted in a 1-0 Beaver loss on Feb. 10, 2001.

A LOOK BACK AT BYU: Oregon State opened the 2003 season on Jan. 31 with a 5-3 victory against BYU in the Southern Utah Tournament. Freshman Vanessa Iapala provided the Beavers with a grand slam home run in her first-ever collegiate at bat. OSU scored its fifth run of the day when Clare Burnum hit her fourth career home run in the second inning. Burnum finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Sophomore Kelly Petersen was a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate with a stolen base and sacrifice. Junior hurler Monica Hoffman picked up the win to get the 28th victory of her career and move into a tie for 7th place in all-time wins at OSU. Hoffman also racked up six strikeouts in seven innings of work.

A LOOK BACK AT SOUTHERN UTAH: The Beavers came away with win number two of the Southern Utah Tournament with a 10-2 trouncing of host Southern Utah on Feb. 1. Freshman Vanessa Iapala knocked in a run on her second double of the day, combining with freshman Adrienne Alo's two-run home run to help spark OSU to an eight-run second inning. Kelly Petersen and Cara Maxey each went yard in the second and third innings, respectively, to round out the scoring. Monica Hoffman picked up her second win of the season when she relieved Dena DuBois in the second inning and shut out the Thunderbirds for the remainder of the game.

A LOOK BACK AT ST. MARY'S: OSU nailed down its third win of the season against St. Mary's on Feb. 1 by a score of 11-1. The bulk of the scoring came in the sixth inning as Vanessa Iapala drove in two runs with her third double of the day. Kelly Petersen also doubled and Adrienne Alo belted a triple as the Beavers racked up six runs in the inning. Monica Hoffman got her third win of the season allowing just two hits and one walk in five innings.

A LOOK BACK AT CAL POLY: OSU completed a four-game sweep of the Southern Utah Tournament with a 4-0 win over Cal Poly on Feb. 2. Monica Hoffman allowed just four hits while striking out five batters en route to her fourth victory of the season. Kelly Petersen was 2-for-4 from the plate with an RBI and Shelly Prochaska went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks. Cara Maxey was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases.

WALKER ON THE SOUTHERN UTAH TOURNEY: 'Overall it was a great outing for our first weekend. We did a nice job of getting runners on and moving them around, and that will only get better each weekend. It's nice to start 4-0.'

SUPER START: The Beavers are off to just their second 4-0 start in school history. The last time OSU went 4-0 in its first four games was 1998, that team went 6-0 before falling to UC-Santa Barbara 8-6, on Feb. 14 in the Hawaii Tournament.

SCORING BIG: Through four games of action the Beavers have outscored their opponents 30-6 and have recorded 35 hits. The 30 runs scored by OSU are the most ever scored by the Beavers in their first four games of the season.

HOMER HAPPY: The Beavers have wasted no time getting the ball over the fence through their first four games of 2003. Five different Beavers recorded a home run at the Southern Utah Tournament. Vanessa Iapala and Clare Burnum went deep against BYU, while a trio of Beavers, Adrienne Alo, Kelly Petersen and Cara Maxey homered against Southern Utah.

BRING EM'AROUND: As a team, Oregon State is batting .536 with runners on base. The team also boasts a solid .357 batting average with runners in scoring position. Freshman Vanessa Iapala leads the team in batting with runners aboard (.857), advancing runners six of seven times she was at the plate over the first four games.

SUDDEN IMPACT: Freshman Vanessa Iapala wasted no time making her presence known for the Beavers as she belted a grand slam home run in her first collegiate at bat at the Southern Utah Tournament against BYU on Jan. 31. Iapala went on to have a standout weekend recording six hits, three doubles and nine RBI while batting .500 after four games. Iapala boasts a .667 batting average with runners on base, and a .600 average with runners in scoring position. Defensively, Iapala has been perfect at first base, recording 17 putouts in 17 chances.

HOT SHOT: Junior pitcher Monica Hoffman is off to a hot start, adding four wins to her resume at the Southern Utah Tournament. Hoffman boasts a 1.52 ERA with 27 strikeouts and one shutout in 23.2 innings pitched. After her successful weekend Hoffman moved up the charts and is now fifth all-time in career strikeouts at OSU with 324, and seventh all-time in career wins with 31.

OFFENSIVE LEADER: In just her second year of action, sophomore Kelly Petersen leads the team in batting average (.583), hits (7), on base percentage (.615), and assists (9), after four games. Petersen also posted the second home run of her career and a double at the Southern Utah Tournament. She now has 22 career RBI. After the first four games of the season Petersen is a perfect 2-for2 at the plate with the bases loaded, and is hitting 4-for-7 with no runners on.

GOOD START: Senior Cara Maxey got off to a fast start last weekend at the Southern Utah Tournament, adding a home run, five hits, and two RBI to her career numbers. Going into this weeks action Maxey is third on the team in hitting with a .455 average. Her home run against Southern Utah on Feb. 1 was the sixth of her career, placing her seventh on the OSU career home run list.

RANKED AGAIN: Oregon State's softball program opened the 2003 season ranked 23rd in the nation in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. The Beavers finished the 2002 campaign with a No. 24 ranking. Seven Pacific-10 Conference teams appear in the inaugural poll with UCLA, Arizona and California taking the top three spots, respectively. Washington falls at No. 6 while Arizona State and Stanford are No. 13 and No. 14.

FOUR MORE: Oregon State's softball program has made four consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearances, recorded four straight 40-plus win seasons and has been ranked in the final Top 25 poll four years in a row.

THE NUMBERS BREAKDOWN: Oregon State returns nine players from last season's squad that finished with a 40-25 overall record and made its fourth consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearance. Five seniors, who have contributed in three postseason appearances, dot the roster; Steph Adams, Clare Burnum, Brynnen Guthrie, Cara Maxey, and Shelly Prochaska. Seven newcomers join the mix for 2003.

WHAT'S IN STORE: Oregon State will rely heavily on the bats of seniors Brynnen Guthrie and Clare Burnum. Guthrie led the Beavers from the plate in 2002 with a .342 batting average and 25 RBI. Burnum matched the OSU single season doubles record with 17 as a junior and hit .296 as the lone player to start every game. Junior hurler Monica Hoffman will lead the Beavers from the circle. Hoffman, the lone returning pitcher, recorded a school record three no-hitters in 2002 and boasting a team-best 1.42 ERA.

PITCHING IS KEY: According to OSU head coach Kirk Walker, 'Returning Monica for her junior year is going to be the basis for our entire staff and team. She comes back with a ton of experience in both the Pac-10 and postseason. We are going to look to her to be the go-to player.'

QUOTING WALKER, AGAIN: 'All of the tools are in place. We will be relying a lot on Monica's experience in Pac-10 and postseason but she's ready for that, and I think there's no reason to believe that won't be a formula for success. Given the opportunity with the team to gel and hopefully make some strides, I think we have more than enough talent to make a run at the College World Series.'

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Oregon State will spend its first six weeks of the season at tournaments across the country. The Beavers don't open play in the friendly confines of the OSU Softball Complex until March 15, when they host rival University of Oregon.

WE'RE HONORED: Several players return with honors from 2002. Senior Clare Burnum was a second team All-Pac-10 pick. Senior Brynnen Guthrie earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as well as being named a second team All-Pacific Region selection, and earning NCAA All-Regional tournament accolades. Junior Monica Hoffman was selected as an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick.

CRYSTAL DRAPER MAKES GREEK NATIONAL TEAM: Former Oregon State softball pitcher Crystal Draper earned a spot on the Greek National Softball Team and will compete in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Arizona State softball coach Linda Wells will lead the Greek squad. Draper was an integral part in OSU's four consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearances (1999-2002), as well as being a three-time All-Regional Tournament selection. Draper is ranked in nine different career pitching categories at OSU, highlighted by her OSU record 809 career strikeouts, her name can also be found on 10 in 14 single season categories. Draper will become the 38th Oregon State athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.

BATTLING THE TOP 25: Oregon State played 26 games against teams that were ranked in the Top 25 during the 2002 season and garnered victories in eight contests. Thirty-four percent of OSU's opponents (12-of-35) were nationally ranked a year ago. The Beavers held a Top 25 ranking throughout the season.

PAC-10 POWER: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads finished the 2002 season ranked in the final May 6 USA Today/NFCA Poll, a listing follows: 1. California, 2. Arizona , 3. Arizona State, 5. UCLA, 14. Washington 24, Oregon State. For the second consecutive year, the Pac-10 had a pair of teams compete in the Women's College World Series (California and Arizona). California won its first softball national championship in 2002.

PAC-10 COACHES POLL: In a poll voted on by the Pac-10 coaches, Oregon State has been tabbed to finish seventh in the conference. Last year's regular season champion, UCLA, has been picked to finish first.

IN THE DUGOUT: Fifth-year assistant Jenny Condon was promoted to associate head coach during the summer of 2002. Condon helped lead the Beavers to their first NCAA Regional Tournament appearance in 1999. After a one-year stint at UNLV during the 2000 season, Condon rejoined the Beaver staff. Crissy Buck ,a former player for the 1999 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins, joins the Beavers for her first season as assistant coach. A four-year letterwinner, Buck graduated from UCLA in 2002. Traci Feldt is also a new edition to the coaching staff and joins the team as a student assistant coach for the 2003 season. Feldt has called pitches for three Oregon State no-hitters - the most of any Beaver catcher.

THE WORD ON WALKER: Head coach Kirk Walker is in his ninth 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 led the Beavers to four consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearances. The winningest coach in program history, Walker, has an overall coaching record of 259-233-3 and a 59-138 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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