No. 23 Softball Travels To UNLV Tournament

Feb. 12, 2003


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Friday, Feb. 14: OSU vs. Hawaii - 9 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 14: OSU vs. No. 4 Nebraska - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15: OSU vs. No. 20 South Carolina - 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15: OSU vs. UC Riverside - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16: OSU vs. Cal Poly - 11:30 a.m.
-all times Pacific-

LAST TIME OUT AT THE UNLV TOURNAMENT: Oregon State is making its fifth consecutive trip to the UNLV Tournament. OSU finished the 2002 tourney with a 4-1 record, posting victories against BYU ( 3-1), Kansas (4-3), Texas Tech (8-0) and Alabama (2-1) before falling to Nebraska (1-3) on the final day.

SCOUTING HAWAII: Hawaii boasts a 2-3 record on the season and is coming off a 3-0 loss to Oklahoma State. April Crowell leads the team with a .385 batting average, three home runs and eight RBI. Shannon Tabion has shouldered the majority of the work load from the circle, posting a 2.49 ERA and a 1-2 record in 19.2 innings pitched.

OSU AND HAWAII SERIES NOTES: The Beavers last faced Hawaii on Mar. 10, 2002, in the championship game of the Hawaii Malihini Tournament. The Wahines earned a 2-1 victory in the nine-inning contest. Beaver pitcher Crystal Draper tallied 12 strikeouts in the game and Jessica King scored OSU's lone run. Oregon State is 5-5 all-time against UH and an even 4-4 under the direction of head coach Kirk Walker.

NOTEWORTHY: Oregon State pitcher Monica Hoffman threw a perfect game against University of Hawaii on Mar. 8, 2002. The 1-0 win against Hawaii marked Hoffman's second no-hitter in a span of seven days.

SCOUTING NO. 4 NEBRASKA: No. 4 Nebraska brings a perfect 5-0 record into the UNLV Tournament. Junior hurler Peaches James is 3-0 in the circle this season and boasts a 0.95 ERA with two shutouts. Senior outfielder Lisa Wangler leads the team in hitting with a .438 batting average, eight RBI and two home runs. Nebraska has five players batting .375 or better in at least 14 at-bats.

OSU AND NEBRASKA SERIES NOTES: Oregon State and Nebraska last faced each other on May 18, 2002 in the NCAA Regional Tournament semifinal game. The Huskers scored four unearned runs in the contest and recorded a 7-0 victory. Steph Adams and Brynnen Guthrie had the Beavers' lone hits on the day against Peaches James. OSU has a 2-6 all-time record against Nebraska and is 1-5 against the Huskers with Kirk Walker at the helm.

SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA: No. 20 South Carolina enters the UNLV Tournament with a 5-1 record. Amber Curtis and Ashley Smith lead the Gamecocks in hitting, with a .438 and .333 average, respectively. Curtis has seven hits on the year with three RBI and a double, while Smith has recorded two home runs, two doubles and nine RBI. Melanie Henkes and Stacey Johnson have shared the brunt of the duties on the mound. Henkes is 3-0 with three shutouts in 19 innings pitched, while Johnson is 2-0 in five innings of work.

OSU AND SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES NOTES: OSU has a perfect 3-0 all-time record against South Carolina and boasts a 2-0 mark under head coach Kirk Walker. The last meeting between the teams was on Feb. 23, 2001 in the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Oregon State recorded a 2-1 victory in the eight-inning game behind Clare Burnum's two-out, two-RBI double.

SCOUTING UC RIVERSIDE: UC Riverside enters the week with a 1-3 record. Kristen Hernandez leads the squad with a .500 batting average and one RBI. Hurler Kimberly Dillon has recorded the Highlanders lone victory on the season. Dillon has a 5.56 ERA in four appearances. Riverside lost a pair of games at the Long Beach State Tournament to top-ranked UCLA by a combined score of 35-0.

OSU AND UC RIVERSIDE SERIES NOTES: Saturday's meeting between UC Riverside and Oregon State is the first for both squads in program history.

SCOUTING CAL POLY: Cal Poly comes into tournament action with a 6-6 record. The Mustangs are riding a two-game winning streak after topping Sacramento State 4-3, and San Diego 4-2. Cassi Vanderbook has a 4-4 record in the circle with a 2.07 ERA. Vanderbook has held opponents to a .241 batting average in 27 innings pitched. Chelsea Stoufer leads the squad with 13 RBI and has recorded three doubles on the year, while Roni Sparrey boasts a .316 batting average with a team-high 11 runs scored.

OSU AND CAL POLY SERIES NOTES: The Mustangs and the Beavers met earlier this season on Feb. 2 at the Southern Utah Tournament. Oregon State earned the 4-0 shutout victory. Monica Hoffman picked up her fourth win of the season, holding the Mustangs to just four hits while recording five strikeouts on the day. 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. Senior Cara Maxey was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases. The Beavers are now an even 3-3 all-time against the Mustangs and are 2-2 under head coach Kirk Walker.

A LOOK BACK AT IOWA STATE: Senior Cara Maxey belted a pair of three-run home runs as Oregon State rolled to a 10-2 six-inning victory against Iowa State on Feb. 7 in the ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament. Maxey's two home runs tied the OSU record for homers in a single game. Shelly Prochaska also blasted a home run and finished the day 2-for-3 from the plate with three RBI. The Beavers racked up 13 hits in the contest. Monica Hoffman recorded her fifth win of the season, holding ISU to four hits in six innings of work.

A LOOK BACK AT TEXAS TECH: Senior Brynnen Guthrie finished a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate and knocked in the game-winning run as Oregon State topped Texas Tech, 2-1, on Feb. 7. The win matched OSU's best start in school history, helping the Beavers improve to 6-0. Oregon State used successive singles from Clare Burnum, Kelly Petersen and Guthrie in the final inning to record the win. Junior hurler Monica Hoffman earned the victory to improve to 6-0 on the year. Petersen finished with two hits and freshman Vanessa Iapala belted her fourth double of the season.

A LOOK BACK AT UNLV: Oregon State set a school record for consecutive wins to open a season after knocking off UNLV, 9-2, on Feb. 8. The Beavers improved to 7-0 on the year, marking the best start in OSU history. Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska belted a pair of home runs to tie the OSU record for long balls in a single game and finished the day a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate, with four RBI. Prochaska is the only player in Beaver history to record a 4-for-4 performance three times in her career. Senior Brynnen Guthrie and freshman Adrienne Alo also homered in the contest. Freshman pitcher Amy Klever tallied six strikeouts and picked up the first win of her career.

A LOOK BACK AT UTAH: Freshman outfielder Adrienne Alo's fourth inning home run led Oregon State past University of Utah on Feb. 8. The long ball was the second of the day for Alo and third in her career. Monica Hoffman pitched a one-hitter en route to her seventh victory of the season. OSU improved to 8-0 - the best start in program history - with the win.

A LOOK BACK AT WISCONSIN: Oregon State suffered its first loss of the season, 3-1, against Wisconsin on Feb. 9. Badger hurler Andrea Kirchberg struckout 14 en route to the victory and Dena DuBois suffered the loss for the Beavers. OSU scored its lone run in the sixth inning when Brynnen Guthrie belted a triple and scored on Shelly Prochaska's sacrifice fly.

A LOOK BACK AT SW TEXAS STATE: Oregon State bounced back to finish the ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament on Feb. 9 with a 3-1 victory against Southwest Texas State. Beaver hurler Monica Hoffman struck out six batters en route to her eighth victory of the season. Senior Cara Maxey belted what proved to be the game-winning home run in the fifth inning and finished the day a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate.

SUPER START: Oregon State opened the 2003 season with its hottest start in school history, rattling off eight consecutive wins before falling at the hands of Wisconsin (3-1) on Feb. 9 at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament. The previous best start in school history was held by the 1998 squad, who reeled off six straight wins before falling to UC Santa Barbara, 8-6, on Feb. 14 in the Hawaii Tournament.

WORTH MENTIONING: Oregon State's men's soccer team opened the 2002 season with a program record 9-1 start. The Beavers' lone loss in the stretch came at the hands of University of Wisconsin. The No. 23 ranked softball squad currently boasts a 9-1 record - with its lone loss coming against Wisconsin.

TOURNEY TALK: Senior Brynnen Guthrie finished the ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament with a .550 batting average, tallying 11 hits in 20 at-bats. Guthrie scored a team-leading seven runs in the tourney's six games and belted three doubles. Fellow senior Shelly Prochaska hit .529 in the tournament, going 9-for-17 from the plate. Prochaska tallied three home runs and nine RBI while boasting a 1.059 slugging percentage. Hurler Monica Hoffman finished with a perfect 4-0 record and 1.01 ERA in five appearances.

SCORING BIG: Through 10 games of action Oregon State has outscored its opponents by a 56-15 margin. The 56 runs scored by OSU are the most ever scored by the Beavers in their first 10 games of the season.

GOING DEEP: Through the first 10 games of 2003, Oregon State has smashed 14 home runs - the Beavers totaled 17 home runs after 65 games played in 2002. Seven different Beavers have gone deep on the season with senior Cara Maxey's four homers leading the squad. Maxey belted a pair of home runs and tallied six RBI against Iowa State on Feb. 7, making her just the second player in OSU history to hit two home runs in a single game. Fellow senior Shelly Prochaska joined Maxey in the record book when she belted a pair of home runs just two games later against UNLV on Feb. 8. Prochaska and freshman Adrienne Alo each have three home runs this season. Kelly Petersen, Brynnen Guthrie, Vanessa Iapala, and Clare Burnum have each recorded one round tripper.

LOOKING LONG: Oregon State has tallied at least two home runs in four of its first 10 games of the season. The Beavers pounded four home runs in a 9-2 victory against UNLV on Feb. 8.

BIG YEAR: Senior Cara Maxey, a career .186 hitter, currently ranks third on the Beavers squad with a .367 batting average (11-for-30). Maxey leads the team with four home runs on the season, moving her into sixth place in the OSU record book with nine long balls in her career. The Fresno, CA native is a perfect 7-for-7 on stolen base attempts and ranks second on the team in runs scored with eight. Maxey has made five put-outs without an error from her starting spot in center field.

GOOD AVERAGE: Oregon State has seven different players hitting above .300 on the season. Three of the seven players are true freshman - Vanessa Iapala (.344), Lisa Allen (.333), and Adrienne Alo (.321). Seniors Brynnen Guthrie and Shelly Prochaska are leading the squad from the plate with .455 and .429 averages, respectively.

HIT AND RUN: Oregon State boasts 10 players that have scored at least three runs on the season. Second baseman Brynnen Guthrie leads the squad in batting with a .455 mark from the plate and has scored a team-high 11 runs.

STEALING THE SHOW: Senior Cara Maxey is a perfect 7-for-7 on stolen bases this season. Eight different Oregon State players have tallied at least one steal on the year and as a team, the Beavers are 20-for-25 on stolen base attempts. OSU tallied 41 steals in 59 attempts after 65 games in 2002.

PERFECT TIMES 3: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska went a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with two home runs and four RBI against UNLV on Feb. 8. Prochaska is one of just five Oregon State players to finish a game a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate - a feat she has accomplished a school-record three times in her career. Prochaska currently ranks second on the squad in batting with a .429 average (12-for-28) and leads the team in RBI with 12. Prochaska is 8-for-12 (.667) with runners in scoring position.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE #1: Junior pitcher Monica Hoffman boasts a perfect 8-0 record on the season. Hoffman holds a team-leading 1.09 ERA in 51.1 innings of work. She has pitched a pair of shutouts on the season and two one-hitters. The right-handed hurler has 50 strikeouts and just 16 walks in nine appearances. Hoffman currently ranks fourth in the OSU career record book for strikeouts with 347. She needs just nine more K's to surpass Joan Harvey (1982-85) and move into sole possession of third place. Hoffman ranks sixth on the charts for career victories at OSU with 35.

GETTING THE WIN: Freshman pitcher Amy Klever recorded the first victory in her career with a 9-2 win against UNLV on Feb. 8. Klever had six strikeouts in five innings of work against the Rebels. On the year, Klever has 13 K's in 10.1 innings pitched and boasts a 2.03 ERA.

FAB FROSH: Freshmen Vanessa Iapala, Adrienne Alo and Lisa Allen have made an immediate impact for the Beavers. Iapala belted a grand slam home run in her first collegiate at bat at the Southern Utah Tournament against BYU on Jan. 31 and currently boasts a .344 batting average. The San Diego, CA product leads the Beavers with five doubles and ranks second on the team with 11 RBI. Alo is batting .321 in 10 starts on the year. The speedy outfielder is tied for second on the team in home runs with three and has six runs scored. Allen is 5-for-15 from the plate for a .333 average and is batting a team-leading .500 (4-for-8) with runners on base.

RANKED AGAIN: Oregon State's softball program opened the 2003 season ranked 23rd in the nation in the preseason 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 in 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.

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.

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 264-234-3 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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