Softball Returns Home, Finally

April 9, 2003


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Friday, April 11
No. 2 UCLA at OSU - 2 p.m. PDT, Corvallis, OR

Saturday, April 12
No. 3 Washington at OSU - 2 p.m. PDT, Corvallis, OR

Sunday, April 13
No. 3 Washington at OSU - 1 p.m. PDT, Corvallis, OR

HOME AT LAST: Oregon State returns to action at the OSU Softball Complex when the Beavers host No. 2 ranked UCLA on Friday. OSU played 42 of its first 43 games on the season away from Corvallis.

SCOUTING No. 2 UCLA: No. 2 UCLA enters the week with a 32-4 record on the season and 4-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Bruins suffered back-to-back losses last week to then No. 2 ranked University of Arizona. UCLA managed just one run in the two games against the Wildcats. The Bruins are outscoring their opponents by a 224-25 margin on the season. Six different Bruin players are currently batting above .300 with Natasha Watley's .508 clip from the plate and 25 stolen bases leading the Pac-10. Tairia Mims adds a .472 batting average and 44 RBI. UCLA's two pitchers hold a 0.51 ERA compared to their opponents' 6.04 ERA. Ace Keira Goerl holds a 22-4 record and 0.42 ERA in 167.0 innings of work. UCLA is 11-0 in games played on the road at a non-neutral site.

OSU AND UCLA SERIES NUMBERS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 62-5, but the Beavers are 5-29 against the Bruins under head coach Kirk Walker. UCLA has won 12 of the last 13 outings, with its lone loss (3-2), coming on April 20, 2001 in the inaugural game at the OSU Softball Complex. In the last meeting between the two teams, top-ranked UCLA used an 8-0 victory on May 5, 2002 to knock off No. 16 Oregon State on senior day in Corvallis. Bruin hurler Keira Goerl held the Beavers to just one hit in the contest.

SCOUTING No. 2 WASHINGTON: No. 2 Washington enters the week with a 34-5-1 overall record and 3-3 mark in Pac-10 play. A pair of Husky players are hitting above .300, led by Kristen Rivera's .372 average and 46 RBI. As a team UW has belted 51 home runs on the season, second-most in the Pac-10. Pitcher Ashley Bock boasts a team-leading 1.18 ERA in 22 appearances while junior hurler Tia Bollinger holds a 1.27 ERA and 18-4 record. The Huskies are batting .273 as a team compared to their opponents' .196 clip from the plate.

OSU AND WASHINGTON SERIES NUMBERS: Washington has won eight of the last 12 meetings with Oregon State and leads the all-time series, 31-7, but the Beavers are 7-24 against the Huskies with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU has won three of the last six contests, including a 2-1 seventh inning comeback victory against the No. 6 Huskies on May 3, 2002 in Corvallis. Jessica King's one-out RBI single knocked in the game-winning run as the No. 16 Beavers overcame a 1-0 deficit. Oregon State has won two straight against UW in Corvallis and four of the last six.

STRIKE OUT CANCER: Oregon State will host Strike Out Cancer Days on Saturday and Sunday when the Beavers face University of Washington. Strike Out Cancer is a program sponsored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) in an effort to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. All the proceeds collected this weekend will be donated to the American Cancer Society and Linn Benton Relay for Life. The OSU softball program raised $500 for the cause during last year's Civil War.

LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK: Oregon State came out of last week's roadtrip with a 3-2 record, including picking up its first Pacific-10 Conference victory with a 15-5 nine-inning upset of No. 13 Stanford. The Beavers scored 10 runs in the ninth inning against the Cardinal. OSU also earned a double-header sweep of Santa Clara University (5-2; 15-9). Senior Brynnen Guthrie led the squad with a .444 batting average and tallied two home runs, including her first career grand slam, despite playing against Santa Clara and only one inning at Stanford due to food poisoning. Fellow senior Steph Adams totaled a .417 average in five games connecting on 5-of-12 from the plate and posting four RBI. Shelly Prochaska pitched in a .400 clip in the five games, including three home runs and team-best eight RBI. Pitchers Amy Klever and Dena DuBois each made four appearances for the Beavers with Klever garnering a 2-2 record. As a team, Oregon State belted 11 home runs in the five games with six different players going deep.

I DON'T WANT MY BABY BACK RIBS OR A FRENCH DIP FOR THAT MATTER: Senior second baseman Brynnen Guthrie and junior pitcher Monica Hoffman were both sidelined for last week's Pac-10 action after suffering food poisoning. Though the source of the contamination remains unclear, neither player was jumping at the idea of returning to Chili's Restaurant or Coco's - can't say I blame them.

A RECORD HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE: Oregon State posted a record setting performance in its 15-5 nine-inning upset victory against No. 13 Stanford last Saturday. The Beavers' 15 runs in the contest matched the OSU school record for runs in a single game - a feat accomplished just two days earlier with 15 runs at Santa Clara University. Oregon State's 17 hits and 14 RBI against the Cardinal broke the school single game record for hits and runs batted in. Oregon State's four home runs against Santa Clara on April 3 matched the OSU record for home runs in a single game - set earlier this season in a Feb. 8 contest against UNLV.

RUNNING WILD: Oregon State's 15 runs scored against Santa Clara on April 3 were more runs than the Beavers had scored in the previous seven games combined. OSU's 15 runs scored against No. 13 Stanford make up more than half the runs scored by the Beavers in their first seven Pac-10 games combined (21 runs).

GRAND SLAM -ENOUGH SAID: Senior Brynnen Guthrie belted her first career grand slam home run with a shot over the center field fence in Oregon State's 15-9 victory against Santa Clara University on April 3. The home run was the second of the day for Guthrie as she sent a check-swing shot over the left field fence in the opener against the Broncos. Guthrie's grand slam was the second of the season for the Beavers as freshman Vanessa Iapala blasted a grand slam in her first collegiate at-bat against BYU on Jan. 31.

OH MY...GOODBYE: Senior Shelly Prochaska belted a pair of home runs over the left field fence in game-2 of the double-header at Santa Clara on April 3. The 5-7 catcher went deep for the third time in five at-bats when she blasted a shot over the left field wall against No. 7 California on April 4. Prochaska leads the Beavers with eight home runs on the season after tallying seven homers in her first three years at OSU. Her 15 career long balls rank third in the Oregon State record book.

WONDER WOMAN: Senior Steph Adams sparked the Beavers in their 15-5 upset victory against No. 13 Stanford with a huge ninth inning. In her first at-bat of the frame, Adams belted an RBI double to left field that scored what proved to be the game-winner. On her second trip to the plate in the inning Adams crushed her 21st career home run with a two-run shot to left field. Adams finished the contest with a 3-for-4 mark from the plate.

MAGIC NUMBER SIX: Oregon State must win six more games on the season in order to finish with a winning record and be eligible for its fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament. The Beavers have 18 games remaining to be played on the schedule, including 11 contests in the friendly confines of the OSU Softball Complex. Of the opposition remaining, 14 of Oregon State's 18 games will be played against teams currently ranked in the Top 25.

THIS IS A STRETCH, BUT WHY NOT: Oregon State needs six more victories to be eligible for a trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament. Saturday's opponent University of Washington was ranked No. 6 in the country when the Beavers upset the Huskies 2-1 in the teams last meeting on May 3, 2002. The current Huskies are ranked No. 3 - the Beavers need to win one-third of their remaining games on the season.

TURNING TWO: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 defensively in double plays turned during the season with 17 - the OSU school record is 24, set in 1984. Freshman Vanessa Iapala has been a part of a Pac-10 leading 16 double plays on the year while second baseman Brynnen Guthrie and shortstop Kelly Petersen rank second in the conference for their involvement in seven double plays.

MORE ON THE DP: Oregon State's 17 double plays on the season are more than the number of double plays turned by this week's opponents No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 Washington combined (12).

GOING, GOING, GONE: Oregon State has tallied 38 home runs on the season - surpassing its total of 17 long balls after 65 games played in 2002. The OSU school record for home runs in a single season is 40, set in the 2000 campaign. Oregon State blasted 11 home runs over a five-game stretch last week in the Bay Area. Nine different Beavers have gone deep multiple times on the season with Shelly Prochaska's eight homers pacing the squad. Kelly Petersen adds six home runs to the mix while Brynnen Guthrie has tallied five on the year. As a team, the Beavers have belted at least one home run in 22 different games, including a streak of five straight. Oregon State has gone deep multiple times in a single game during nine different contests.

DOUBLE UP: As a team, Oregon State has tallied a double in seven consecutive games. The Beavers have hit 56 two-basers on the year - the OSU record for doubles in a single season is 72, set in 2001. Senior third baseman Clare Burnum leads the squad with nine doubles on the season. Burnum matched the OSU single season record for doubles in 2002 with 17 and currently ranks second on the OSU all-time list with 38 two-basers in her career. Burnum needs just two doubles to pass Jodi Chmielewski (1996-99) and become the Beavers' all-time leader. Five current Beaver players - all seniors - rank in the OSU top-10 for doubles in their career. Eight different players have tallied five or more doubles on the season.

ON THE BASEPATHS: Senior Cara Maxey is a perfect 11-for-11 on stolen bases this season, ranking in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 and a tie for fifth in the OSU single season charts. Oregon State has 11 different players that have recorded at least one steal on the year, and as a team, the Beavers are 53-for-67 on stolen base attempts. The school record for stolen bases in a single season is 61, set in 1978.

COMING UP BIG: Redshirt freshman Erin Bequette tallied her second hit of the season (2-for-5) with a bloop single into center field that scored a run in Saturday's 15-5 victory against No. 13 Stanford. Bequette has two RBI in her five plate appearances and is a perfect 1-for-1 in Pac-10 games.

PETE IN THE PAC: Sophomore shortstop Kelly Petersen leads the Beavers in batting average during Pac-10 games with a .350 mark from the plate (7-for-20). Petersen also boasts a team-best five runs scored, three home runs and an .850 slugging percentage in the seven outings. Petersen has homered in two straight games for the Beavers and has tallied six dingers on the year. Her 118 assists on the season are the most in the Pac-10.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has a significant advantage over its opponents in several categories:
- Team batting average: .273-.245
- Runs scored: 184-137
- Hits: 311-270
- RBI: 172-120
- Total bases: 497-372
- Home runs: 38-23
- Stolen bases: 53-15
- Slugging percentage: .436-.338
- Earned run average: 2.77-3.83

GUTHRIE GAB: Senior Brynnen Guthrie remains a force for the Beavers from the plate on the season, leading the team in multiple statistical categories. Guthrie leads the squad in runs scored (28) and hits (50), while ranking in a tie for the team lead in batting average (382) and multiple hit games (15). Guthrie currently boasts a .344 career batting average - the third highest of all-time for a four-year Beaver.

PROCHASKA POWER: Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska currently is tied for the team-lead in batting with a .382 average. Prochaska ranks first on the squad in home runs (8), RBI (40), slugging percentage (.618), and on base percentage (.459). The senior catcher has posted 15 multiple hit games and a team-leading nine multiple RBI outings. Prochaska's 113 career RBI rank second in the OSU record book. 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 in the top-5 in eight different OSU career statistical categories.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Junior pitcher Monica Hoffman boasts a 17-10 record on the season for the Beavers. Hoffman's 17 victories rank in ninth place in the OSU single season record book. The junior hurler's 128 strikeouts on the year move her career total to 425 which ranks in third place on the OSU career strikeout list. On the season she boasts a team-best 1.98 ERA in 31 appearances and 163.0 innings of work.

PAC-10 POWER: Other than Oregon State, the seven teams of the Pacific-10 Conference are ranked in the April 8 USA Today/NFCA Poll as follows: 1. Arizona (23), 2. UCLA, 3. Washington, 6. California, 12. Arizona State, 16. Stanford, 22. Oregon. The Pac-10 has held down the top two positions in the poll throughout the season.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State is 6-11 against opponents ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Poll Top-25. OSU finished the 2002 campaign with an 8-18 record against nationally ranked opponents. Of the Beavers' 65 games in 2002, 34-percent (12-of-35) of their opponents were nationally ranked.

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.

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 280-251-3 and a 60-144 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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