No. 15 Softball Heads To Los Angeles And Seattle

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April 15, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

No. 15 SOFTBALL HITS THE ROAD FOR LOS ANGELES AND SEATTLE; BEAVERS FACE No. 3 UCLA ON FRIDAY BEFORE MEETING No. 5 WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Friday, April 16
No. 15 OSU at No. 3 UCLA - 1 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, CA)

Saturday, April 17
No. 15 OSU at No. 5 Washington - 2 p.m. PDT (Seattle, WA)
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Sunday, April 18
No. 15 OSU at No. 5 Washington - 1 p.m. PDT (Seattle, WA)

A QUICK GLANCE AT THE BRUINS: No. 3 ranked UCLA enters Friday's game against Oregon State with a 27-5 overall record. The Bruins are winless (0-4) in Pacific-10 Conference action and their lone non-conference loss was against the Beavers on Mar. 14. Four UCLA players are batting above .300 with Stephanie Ramos' .418 clip and 25 RBI leading the way. Hurler Lisa Dodd boasts a 0.65 ERA with an 11-2 record, while Keira Goerl holds a 1.33 ERA and 141 strikeouts. As a team the Bruins are batting .289, while their opponents are hitting .150.

BEAVERS AND BRUINS SERIES NUMBERS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 65-6, but the Beavers are 6-32 against the Bruins with Kirk Walker at the helm. UCLA has won 15 of the last 17 outings, but Oregon State knocked off the top-ranked Bruins by a 3-2 score on Mar. 14 in Fresno, CA. Oregon State has not won at Easton Stadium since the 1999 campaign.

OSU AND UCLA EARLIER THIS SEASON: Oregon State rallied for a 3-2 victory against top-ranked UCLA on Mar. 14 at the Clovis Auto Row Classic hosted by Fresno State University. The Beavers scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to record just their sixth ever victory against the Bruins (UCLA leads the all-time series 65-6). Freshman Brianne McGowan's flair into shallow center field knocked in Kelly Petersen for the game-winner. Sophomore Vanessa Iapala finished the game with a 2-for-4 effort from the plate, while freshman Sherina Galvan went 2-for-3. OSU out-hit UCLA by an 8-4 margin. All six Oregon State victories against the Bruins have come with Kirk Walker, a UCLA grad, at the helm.

DO YOU REMEMBER: Oregon State opened the 1999 season with a 36-12 record heading into its April 18 double-header against UCLA. The Bruins took game-one by a 10-0 margin, but the Beavers responded with a 5-3 victory in the nightcap. OSU heads into Friday's contest at UCLA with a 36-12 overall record.

QUICK GLANCE AT THE HUSKIES: No. 5 University of Washington enters the week with a 28-7 overall record and a perfect 4-0 mark in the Pac-10. The Huskies are coming off a weekend sweep of UCLA. Five players are batting above .300 on the season, with Kristen Rivera's .448 clip, 14 home runs, and 41 RBI leading the attack. Ashley Boek has seen the majority of action from the circle, holding a 19-4 record with 166 strikeouts and a 1.48 ERA.

BEAVERS AND HUSKIES SERIES NUMBERS: Washington has won 10 of the last 15 meetings with Oregon State and leads the all-time series, 33-8, but the Beavers are 8-26 against the Huskies with Kirk Walker at the helm. UW has dominated the series in Seattle. Last season the Beavers upset the No. 5 Huskies by a 4-2margin on May 3, 2003 to secure a fifth straight postseason appearance - the victory was just the second ever for Oregon State in the Emerald City.

FAST FACT: Oregon State has won at least one game against the University of Washington in each of the last five seasons.

BEAVERS IN THE TOP 25: Oregon State remained at the No. 15 spot in the April 14 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. The Beavers hold a 4-2 record against opponents ranked in the Top 10 so far this season. Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference teams rank in the Top 25; 1. Arizona, 3. UCLA, 4. California, 5. Washington, 10. Stanford, 14. Oregon, 15. Oregon State.

36, ALREADY: No. 15 Oregon State enters the week with a 36-12 overall record - matching its win total from the 2003 season (36-31) with 18 regular season games still remaining on the schedule. The Beavers have tallied 30 or more wins during six consecutive seasons.

FROM THE BATTERS BOX: Five Oregon State players are currently batting above .300 on the season. Sophomore Vanessa Iapala leads the Beavers with a .380 batting average, 12 doubles, and 38 RBI. Junior Kelly Petersen ranks second on the team with a .326 clip, 32 RBI, and a team-leading 36 runs scored. Sophomore Adrienne Alo is close behind, batting .325 with 10 doubles, while fellow sophomore Lisa Allen has jumped above .300 with a .305 mark from the plate. Freshman Mia Longfellow sits at .300, and leads the team with a 10-for-14 clip on stolen bases and 11 sacrifices.

CRAZY 8's: Kelly Petersen, Vanessa Iapala and Lisa Allen have all hit eight home runs on the season. As a team, Oregon State has 35 homers on the year - the school record is 61, set in 2003.

HOT HITTER: Sophomore catcher Lisa Allen has belted five home runs in the last seven games. Allen has raised her season batting average to .305 and finished Tuesday's double-header against Portland State with a 6-for-7 clip from the plate and seven RBI.

CAN'T GET MUCH BETTER: Sophomore Vanessa Iapala is batting .800 (8-for-10) when there is a runner on third base and less than two outs.

WAY TO PLAY: Oregon State's .973 fielding percentage currently ranks first in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Beavers' best fielding percentage in school history is a .973 mark, set during the 2000 campaign. OSU currently has just 37 errors on the year - the school record for fewest miscues is 47, set in 2000.

NOT REALLY A LONG SHOT: Oregon State is 24-1 on the season in games that at least one Beaver player hits a home run.

DOUBLE DOWN: Oregon State's five doubles against Portland State University in the opening game of Tuesday's double-header tied the school record for doubles in a single game, originally set against Oregon in 2001. The Beavers have hit at least one double in 33 games this season and lead the Pac-10 with 62 two-basers on the year.

THE BEST OF THE BEST: Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman ranks third in the Pacific-10 Conference for ERA with a 0.87 mark. Hoffman's 195 strikeouts are also the third-most in the Pac-10.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman holds a team-leading 0.87 ERA with an 18-8 record and five 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 25 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 earlier this season at the CSUF Worth Tournament, senior pitcher Monica Hoffman broke the 600 career strikeout barrier. Hoffman enters the week with 682 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 195 strikeouts, while allowing just 47 walks.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has a significant advantage over its opponents in several statistical categories:
- Team batting average: .281-.187
- Runs scored: 211-80
- Hits: 346-215
- RBI: 180-70
- Home Runs: 35-10
- Total bases: 523-276
- Stolen bases: 40-21
- On base percentage: .363-.249
- Earned run average: 1.36-3.80

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 or more home runs during seven different games.

MORE RECORDS: With her five saves this season, senior pitcher Monica Hoffman became Oregon State's all-time saves leader. Hoffman has tallied a school record 11 saves in her career.

OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX: Oregon State currently holds a 31-17 all-time record in games played at the OSU Softball Complex, including a 10-1 mark this season. The Beavers boast an 11-16 mark against opponents ranked in the Top 25.

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. Team USA went 25-0 in its collegiate portion of the 'Aiming for Athens' tour - outscoring the opposition 229-9.

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 5-6 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 327-276-3 and a 66-158 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. He earned his 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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