No. 23 Softball Heads To Fresno For Clovis Auto Row Classic

March 10, 2004


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Thursday, March 11
No. 23 OSU vs North Texas - 3 p.m. PST (Clovis Auto Row Classic)

Friday, March 12
No. 23 OSU vs San Diego State - 9 a.m. PST (Clovis Auto Row Classic)
No. 23 OSU vs Utah - 1 p.m. PST (Clovis Auto Row Classic)

Saturday, March 13
No. 23 OSU vs Long Beach State - 9 a.m. PST (Clovis Auto Row Classic)
No. 23 OSU vs No. 15 Fresno State - 3 p.m. PST (Clovis Auto Row Classic)

Sunday, March 14
No. 23 OSU vs No. 1 UCLA - 11 a.m. PST (Clovis Auto Row Classic)

A QUICK GLANCE AT THE OPPOSITION: No. 23 Oregon State heads into the Clovis Auto Row Classic hosted by Fresno State University with a 19-7 record. The Beavers open classic action on Thursday against North Texas (7-25). San Diego State (14-12), Utah (6-11), Long Beach State (17-4), No. 15 Fresno State (16-6) and top-ranked UCLA (21-0) round out the field that will face OSU. The Beavers faced the Utes earlier this season at the UNLV Tournament where Oregon State registered a 9-5 victory. After Sunday's meeting against the undefeated Bruins, OSU will meet UCLA three more times on the year during Pacific-10 Conference action.

UTAH THE FIRST TIME AROUND: An 8th inning walk-off grand slam home run by sophomore Vanessa Iapala gave Oregon State a 9-5 victory against University of Utah on Feb. 13 in the UNLV Classic. Iapala finished the game with a 4-for-5 clip from the plate, including five RBI and a double. She became just the sixth player in OSU history to amass four hits in a single game. Adrienne Alo added a 2-for-4 performance from the plate with a double, while Monica Hoffman improved to 6-2 on the season after entering the game in relief during the sixth inning.

BIG MATCHUPS: No. 23 Oregon State will face a pair of teams during the Clovis Auto Row Classic that are ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25. The Beavers square-off against tournament host No. 15 Fresno State before meeting No. 1 UCLA to close out tourney action on Sunday.

BATTLING THE BRUINS: No. 23 Oregon State will try to up-end the top-ranked UCLA Bruins for just the sixth time in program history when the two teams meet on Sunday in Fresno, CA. The Bruins hold a 65-5 overall series record against the Beavers. The last time UCLA and OSU faced each other in non-conference action, the Bruins recorded a slim 3-2 victory on Mar. 10, 2001 at the Fresno State Tournament.

BEAVERS IN THE TOP 25: Oregon State moves up to the No. 23 spot in this week's USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. The Beavers hold a 2-1 record against opponents ranked in the Top 10 so far this season. All eight Pacific-10 Conference teams rank in the Top 25; 1. UCLA, 2. Arizona, 3. California, 8. Washington, 11. Stanford, 14. Oregon, 20. Arizona State, 23. Oregon State.

LOOKING BACK AT THE CSUF WORTH TOURNAMENT: Oregon State finished with a 4-1 record at the CSUF Worth Tournament on Mar. 5-7.
- Oregon State freshman pitcher Brianne McGowan was one hit away from throwing a perfect game as the Beavers recorded a 4-0 victory against UC Santa Barbara on Mar. 5 in the opening game of the CSUF Worth Tournament. Junior shortstop Kelly Petersen belted a pair of doubles in the contest and the Beavers tallied four doubles in the game en route to nine hits.
- In the Mar. 5 nightcap, Oregon State sophomore Adrienne Alo went 3-for-4 from the plate with a pair of doubles, leading the Beavers to a 3-1 victory against Michigan State. Senior hurler Monica Hoffman struck out eight batters in a complete game victory. Freshman Mia Longfellow finished with a perfect 2-for-2 clip from the plate.
- Freshman Brianne McGowan blasted her second game-winning home run of the season when she hit a fifth inning solo shot to help Oregon State to a 1-0 victory against Oklahoma State on Mar. 6. Monica Hoffman pitched five innings of no-hit ball and recorded eight strikeouts to earn her 10th victory of the season. McGowan earned her first save of the year after entering the game in relief.
- No. 25 Oregon State recorded its sixth consecutive victory by knocking off host CS Fullerton by a 7-1 margin in the Mar. 6 nightcap at the CSUF Worth Tournament. Mia Longfellow scored a trio of runs in the contest and freshman hurler Ta'Tyana McElroy improved to 4-1 on the season after allowing just one hit in four innings of work. Seven different OSU players tallied a hit in the game.
- The Beavers' win streak came to an abrupt halt when CS Northridge took advantage of two Oregon State errors to garner a 3-2 victory in the CSUF Worth Tournament finale on Mar. 7. Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman recorded 10 strikeouts on the afternoon and the Beavers tallied five hits in the contest. Vanessa Iapala finished with a 1-for-2 clip from the plate and an RBI.

TOUGH IN THE CIRCLE: Oregon State pitchers Monica Hoffman, Brianne McGowan and Ta'Tyana McElroy finished the CSUF Worth Tournament with a perfect 0.00 ERA. The trio of Beaver hurlers combined to not allow an earned run in 35.0 innings pitched.

ANOTHER GOOD WEEKEND: Junior shortstop Kelly Petersen finished the CSUF Worth Tournament with a team-leading .500 (6-for-12) batting average, including five runs scored, two doubles and six walks during Oregon State's five games.

FROM THE BATTERS BOX: Four Oregon State players are currently batting above .300 on the season. Junior Kelly Petersen leads the squad with a .324 clip from the plate to go along with 17 runs scored and a team-high 14 walks. Sophomore outfielder Adrienne Alo boasts a .321 batting average, including a team-best 27 hits, while fellow sophomore Vanessa Iapala is hitting .316 with a team-high 18 RBI. Freshman Mia Longfellow continues to bat above .300, posting a .306 mark from the plate and holds a team-leading eight stolen bases.

LOOKING LONG: Oregon State is a perfect 13-0 on the season in games that at least one Beaver player hits a home run.

MOVIN' ON UP: Junior Kelly Petersen's four home runs on the season move her into a tie for 4th place on the Oregon State all-time home run list with 14 long balls during her career.

DON'T BE LATE: Oregon State has scored more runs in the first inning (25) than in any other inning this season. The Beavers have also given up more runs in the first inning (13) than in any other.

TAKING CHARGE: Freshman pitcher Brianne McGowan holds a 4-1 record on the season with a 0.66 ERA. McGowan has recorded 36 strikeouts while allowing just seven walks in 42.2 innings of work. The Reno, NV native had three strikeouts in three innings of work against the USA Olympic Team on Feb. 22 and came within one hit of throwing a perfect game against UC Santa Barbara on Mar. 5. From the plate, McGowan has blasted a pair of game-winning home runs for the Beavers - against Nebraska (Feb. 15) and Oklahoma State (Mar. 6).

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman holds a team-leading 0.50 ERA with a 10-5 record and three saves. The Vancouver, WA native combined to pitch a perfect game with freshman hurler Ta'Tyana McElroy when the Beavers knocked off Saint Mary's by an 8-0 margin in five innings on Feb. 8. Hoffman holds the Oregon State record with four career no-hitters. She was named one of 40 players listed as a possible candidate for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award - considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball. Hoffman has five shutouts on the season and her 23 career shutouts rank 6th in the Oregon State record book.

600 K CLUB: After her 26 strikeouts over the weekend at the CSUF Worth Tournament, senior pitcher Monica Hoffman broke the 600 career strikeout barrier. Hoffman enters the week with 613 career K's - only three pitchers in Oregon State history have struck out more than 500 batters (Crystal Draper 809; Tarrah Beyster 694). On the season, Hoffman has tallied 126 strikeouts, while allowing just 24 walks.

ON THE SAVES CHART: With her three saves already this season, senior pitcher Monica Hoffman has moved into a tie for first place with Amy Warner (1994-97) in the Oregon State record book with nine saves in her career.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has a significant advantage over its opponents in several statistical categories:
- Team batting average: .258-.171
- Runs scored: 95-38
- Hits: 173-106
- RBI: 79-31
- Home Runs: 17-5
- Total bases: 252-139
- Stolen bases: 23-8
- On base percentage: .356-.231
- Earned run average: 1.09-3.05

IN THE RECORD BOOK: Sophomore Vanessa Iapala's two home runs against University of Alabama-Birmingham on Feb. 7 and freshman Sherina Galvan's two home runs against Cal Poly on Feb. 14 moved both players into the Oregon State record book. With the addition of Iapala and Galvan, just six players in Oregon State history have blasted two home runs in a single game. On the season, OSU has hit two home runs during four different games.

IMPRESSIVE FEAT: Prior to Oregon State's 4-2 exhibition loss to the USA Olympic Team on Feb. 22, the Olympic Team had won 119 consecutive games and had outscored the opposition 863-9.

THE NUMBERS BREAKDOWN: Oregon State returns nine players from last season's squad that finished with a 36-31 overall record and made its fifth consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearance. Senior hurler Monica Hoffman is the lone player to see action in three postseason appearances, while 13 underclassmen dot the youthful roster.

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

PAC-10 POSTSEASON: All eight Pacific-10 Conference teams reached the NCAA Regional Tournament for the third time in the last five years. The Pac-10 has sent seven teams to postseason in five consecutive seasons. Four squads reached the Women's College World Series and last year marked the 20th time in 22 years that the Pac-10 sent at least one team to the WCWS championship game and the 10th time that two Pac-10 teams faced each other for the title. The Pac-10 has won 16 NCAA softball championships since 1982 - more than any other conference.

FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State holds a 2-1 record against teams ranked in the Top 25. Oregon State finished the 2003 season with a 12-23 record against opponents ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Poll Top-25. Of Oregon State's 67 games on the season, the Beavers faced ranked opponents on 35 occasions. Forty-three percent of OSU's opponents (17-of-40) were nationally ranked a year ago.

PAC-10 POWER: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference squads finished the 2003 season ranked in the final May 27 USA Today/NFCA Poll, a listing follows: 1. UCLA, 2. California , 3. Arizona, 6. Washington, 16. Oregon, 20. Arizona State, 23. Stanford. For the third consecutive year, the Pac-10 had a pair of teams compete in the Women's College World Series (UCLA and California). UCLA turned away the defending champion Golden Bears by a 1-0 score in 9 innings to earn its ninth NCAA softball title.

IN THE DUGOUT: Sixth-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, returns to the Beavers for her second season as assistant coach. A four-year letterwinner, Buck graduated from UCLA in 2002. Former Beaver standouts Shelly Prochaska and Steph Adams join the team as student assistant coaches.

THE WORD ON WALKER: Head coach Kirk Walker is in his 10th 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 five consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearances. The winningest coach in program history, Walker, has an overall coaching record of 310-271-3 and a 64-154 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. He earned her 300th career victory when Oregon State completed a perfect game in an 8-0 victory against Saint Mary's on Feb. 8, 2004. Walker was selected as one of just 12 coaches named to the USA Softball National Team Coaches Pool, and will serve as an assistant coach for the USA Elite Team. 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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