No. 16 Softball Opens Home Stretch Against Top-Ranked Arizona On Friday

April 21, 2004


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Friday, April 23
No. 1 Arizona at No. 16 OSU - 2 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)
(Broadcast will air on Sunday, April 25 at 1 p.m.)

Saturday, April 24
Arizona State at No. 16 OSU - 2 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)

Sunday, April 25
Arizona State at No. 16 OSU - 1 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)

Monday, April 26
Saint Mary's at No. 16 OSU - 1 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)

A QUICK GLANCE AT THE WILDCATS: Top-ranked Arizona enters Friday's game against Oregon State with a 43-1 overall record and perfect 7-0 start to Pac-10 play. The Wildcats, off to their best start in program history, have five players batting above .400 on the season. Slapper Autumn Champion leads the squad with a .484 batting average, while freshman Caitlin Lowe adds a .478 clip from the plate, 65 runs scored, and 39 stolen bases. On the season, the Wildcats have 110 stolen bases compared to 17 for the opposition. UA has tallied 57 home runs on the year, with 11 different players going deep. Sophomore hurler Alicia Hollowell holds a 0.71 ERA with 370 strikeouts and a 30-0 record.

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 65-7, and the Beavers are 3-31 against the Wildcats with Kirk Walker at the helm. Arizona has won 13 consecutive games against OSU - the longest current losing streak the Beavers have against any squad. The last Beaver victory was a 4-0 win on Mar. 27, 1999 in Tucson.

IT'S HARD TO FORGET: Oregon State went head-to-head with top-ranked Arizona for 11 innings before dropping a 6-4 contest when Mackenzie Vandergeest belted a two-out home run for the Wildcats at the OSU Softball Complex on April 27, 2003. The Beavers pounded 10 hits in the contest against All-American Alicia Hollowell and walk-on pitcher Amy Klever allowed just four earned runs while striking out five batters in the complete game for OSU. The Beavers led 3-1 in the fifth inning after back-to-back doubles from Brynnen Guthrie and Adrienne Alo. After falling behind in the top of the eighth, OSU rallied for a run to stay alive when Kelly Petersen doubled to open the inning and scored on a double from Vanessa Iapala. Prior to the game, Oregon State had scored four runs against Arizona in the previous eight meetings combined between the schools.

BATTLING THE BEST: Oregon State is 1-0 on the season against the top-ranked team in the country (OSU beat UCLA, 3-2, on Mar. 14). The Beavers hold a 1-5 record against the No. 1 ranked team in games played at the OSU Softball Complex.

A QUICK GLANCE AT THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State enters the week with a 30-21 overall record and 0-7 mark in the Pac-10. Three Sun Devil players are batting above .300 with Phelan Wright's .392 clip and 43 RBI leading the way. Desiree Serrano has seen the majority of action from the circle, holding a 1.85 ERA with 182 strikeouts. ASU is 0-3 in games played on the road.

BEAVERS AND SUN DEVIL SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona State leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 55-19, but the Beavers are 14-21 against the Sun Devils under head coach Kirk Walker.

OSU AND SMC; HERE WE GO AGAIN: Oregon State will face Saint Mary's College on Monday at 1 p.m. The Beavers and Gaels have squared off three times already this season with OSU holding a 23-4 scoring edge. Oregon State is a perfect 14-0 against SMC with Kirk Walker at the helm.

BEAVERS IN THE TOP 25: Oregon State dropped one notch to the No. 16 spot in the April 21 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. The Beavers hold a 4-5 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, 13. Oregon, 16. Oregon State.

KEEP ON WINNING: No. 16 Oregon State enters the week with a 36-15 overall record - matching its win total from the 2003 season (36-31) with 15 regular season games still remaining on the schedule. The Beavers have tallied 30 or more wins during six consecutive seasons.

WHAT TO WATCH: Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman needs just eight strikeouts to surpass All-American Tarrah Beyster and move into second place all-time in the Oregon State record book. Hoffman enters the week with 687 career K's and her 200 strikeouts on the year rank as the fourth highest single season total in school history.

FROM THE BATTERS BOX: Four Oregon State players are currently batting above .300 on the season. Sophomore Vanessa Iapala leads the Beavers with a .371 batting average, 12 doubles, and 38 RBI. Junior Kelly Petersen ranks second on the team with a .321 clip, 33 RBI, and eight home runs. Sophomore Adrienne Alo is close behind, batting .317 with 10 doubles, and a team-leading 37 runs scored. Freshman Mia Longfellow continues to bat above .300, with a .310 mark to go along with 15 sacrifices.

MORE ON MIA: Freshman Mia Longfellow leads the Beavers and ranks second on the Oregon State single season charts with 15 sacrifices on the year. Longfellow is currently the only Beaver player batting above .300 (.321) in Pacific-10 Conference games.

THAT'S INTERESTING: Three of sophomore catcher Lisa Allen's four hits during Pac-10 play have been home runs.

QUICK HIT: Sophomore Alana Mendoza is batting 2-for-3 (.667) with the bases loaded.

HOME SWEET HOME: Oregon State's current 10-1 record at the OSU Softball Complex matches the most victories at the stadium in a single season since opening during 2001. The Beavers posted a 10-6 mark during the 2002 campaign.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State's .972 fielding percentage currently ranks 15th in the nation and second in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Beavers' best fielding percentage in school history is a .973 mark, set during the 2000 campaign.

IT'S STILL IMPRESSIVE: Oregon State is 24-3 on the season in games that at least one Beaver player hits a home run. The Beavers are 2-3 when hitting a homer against a Pac-10 opponent.

LEADING THE PAC: Oregon State leads the Pacific-10 Conference with 62 doubles on the season. The Beavers have belted at least one double in 33 games this season and tied the school record for doubles in a single game with five two-basers against Portland State on April 13.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman holds a team-leading 1.08 ERA with an 18-9 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 687 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 200 strikeouts, while allowing just 53 walks.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has a significant advantage over its opponents in several statistical categories:
- Team batting average: .277-.196
- Runs scored: 217-96
- Hits: 359-241
- RBI: 185-85
- Home Runs: 37-12
- Total bases: 542-315
- Stolen bases: 41-21
- On base percentage: .362-.261
- Earned run average: 1.51-3.66

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 5-9 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 327-279-3 and a 66-161 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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