Six Beavers Earn All-Pac-10 Softball Honors
May 13, 2003
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Six Oregon State softball players were among the athletes honored on the 2003 All-Pacific-10 Softball Team, which the conference office announced on Tuesday.
Senior Brynnen Guthrie was a first team selection, while seniors Clare Burnum and Shelly Prochaska were second team honorees. Junior Monica Hoffman, sophomore Kelly Petersen and freshman Adrienne Alo earned honorable mention recognition. OSU has never had six players earn All-Pac-10 honors in the same season; the previous high was five in 1999.
Guthrie becomes just the second OSU player to earn first team honors on the All-Pac-10 Team (four-time All-American Tarrah Beyster is the other). Guthrie leads the Beavers with 68 hits and a .384 batting average and is second on the team with 33 runs scored this season. She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for April 15-20. Guthrie was an honorable mention selection on the All-Pac-10 Team last season.
Burnum has earned second team all-conference honors for the second year in a row. This year, she's batting .297 with 56 hits and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for April 21-27. She leads the team with 38 runs, one shy of tying the single-season record. Burnum, who holds the OSU record for career doubles, also leads the Beavers with 15 doubles this season.
Prochaska was named All-Pac-10 for the first time in her career. Her .307 batting average ranks second on the team, and she leads the Beavers with a school-record 47 RBI this season. Prochaska, who was recently invited to the USA Softball National Team trials in June, needs to score just one run to become the first OSU player to record 200 career hits, 100 career RBI and 100 career runs.
Hoffman repeats as an honorable mention selection after earning the same honor last season. She leads the pitching staff with a 2.13 ERA and a 22-14 record, becoming just the third Beaver with a 20-win season. Six of her 22 wins were against top 25 teams, and she has 163 strikeouts this season.
Petersen and Alo both received All-Pac-10 recognition for the first time. Petersen is hitting .273 overall but is batting .291 against Pac-10 opponents. Her nine home runs ties Burnum for the team lead, and her 32 RBI rank second on the team. Alo is hitting .272 with 46 hits and 22 runs scored.
UCLA's Natasha Watley was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, while teammate Keira Goerl was the league's Pitcher of the Year. Arizona's Alicia Hollowell was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, and Mike Candrea, also of Arizona, was named Coach of the Year.