No. 19 Softball Visits The Arizona Schools

May 5, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

May 5, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. -

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No. 19 SOFTBALL MAKES FINAL PAC-10 ROADTRIP; BEAVERS FACE ARIZONA STATE AND TOP-RANKED ARIZONA

Friday, May 7
No. 19 OSU at Arizona State - 7 p.m. PDT (Tempe, AZ)

Saturday, May 8
No. 19 OSU at No. 1 Arizona - 7 p.m. PDT (Tucson, AZ)

Sunday, May 9
No. 19 OSU at No. 1 Arizona - 1 p.m. PDT (Tucson, AZ)

A QUICK GLANCE AT THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State University enters the week with a 31-27 overall record and 1-11 mark in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils have dropped four in a row since knocking off Oregon State, 7-2, on April 25. Three ASU players are batting above .300 with Phelan Wright's .381 clip and 46 RBI leading the way. Val Sevilla adds a .375 mark from the plate and 14 home runs. Desiree Serrano holds a team-best 2.04 ERA and 15-9 record. ASU must win one of its final six games to finish with a .500 record and be eligible for postseason play.

BEAVERS AND SUN DEVIL SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona State leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 56-20, but the Beavers are 15-22 against the Sun Devils under head coach Kirk Walker. OSU has won three of the last five games played in Tempe, but ASU has won two straight.

A QUICK GLANCE AT THE WILDCATS: Top-ranked University of Arizona enters the week with a 48-3 overall record and 12-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have lost two of their last six games since recording a 9-1 victory against Oregon State on April 23. Four Wildcat players are batting above .400 and seven players have an average greater than .300. Arizona's team batting average of .340 leads the nation. Caitlin Lowe leads the team with a .471 clip from the plate, 72 runs scored and 44 stolen bases. Autumn Champion is close behind with a .461 average and 70 hits. All-American pitcher Alicia Hollowell holds a 0.72 ERA and 435 strikeouts in 40 appearances. Arizona is 24-1 this season in games played at Hillenbrand Stadium.

BEAVERS AND WILDCATS SERIES NUMBERS: Arizona leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 66-7, and the Beavers are 3-32 against the Wildcats with Kirk Walker at the helm. Arizona has won 14 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. No current Oregon State player has ever beaten the Wildcats.

STILL SEARCHING FOR FORTY: Oregon State enters the week needing just one victory to earn 40 wins for the fifth season in program history. OSU finished the 1999 season with a program-best 47-25 record. Oregon State has tallied 30 or more wins during six consecutive seasons.

BEAVERS IN THE TOP 25: Oregon State dropped one notch to the No. 19 spot in the May 5 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. The Beavers hold a 4-9 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, 6. Washington, 7. Stanford, 12. Oregon, 19. Oregon State.

FROM THE BATTERS BOX: Four Oregon State players are currently batting above .300 on the season. Sophomore Vanessa Iapala has been the Beavers' most consistent batter on the year and leads the team with a .364 batting average, 13 doubles, and 44 RBI. Freshman Mia Longfellow ranks second on the squad with a .309 mark from the plate, 17 sacrifices and 14 stolen bases, while junior Kelly Petersen is hitting .308, with 39 RBI and 37 runs scored. Sophomore Lisa Allen adds a .300 average and nine home runs.

SHE'S A FORCE: Freshman pitcher Brianne McGowan has won three of her last four starts for the Beavers. McGowan holds a 0.58 ERA with 18 strikeouts and two shutouts in the stretch. Entering the week, the 6-2 right-hander leads the team with a 1.15 ERA, which also ranks as the 40th best ERA in the nation.

FAST FACT: Oregon State pitchers enter the week with 21 shutouts on the season. The OSU record for shutouts in a single season is 25, set during the 1984 campaign.

RUN FASTER: Sophomore Adrienne Alo currently ranks in second place in the Oregon State single season record book with 40 runs scored. Alo needs just two more runs to surpass Clare Burnum's school record total of 41, set in 2003. Teammate Kelly Petersen enters the week with 37 runs scored on the season and her 84 career scores rank ninth in the OSU record book.

STEALING THE SHOW: Freshman Mia Longfellow broke the Oregon State single season record for stolen bases earlier this season when the Beavers faced Arizona State. Longfellow has 14 swipes on the year in 19 attempts. The 5-1 speedster also ranks second on the OSU single season charts with 17 sacrifices on the season. She needs just four more to surpass Alycia Stevens' record of 20, set in 1996.

ALL SEVEN INNINGS: Oregon State has outscored the opponent in every inning this season except for the seventh. The opposition holds a 17-11 scoring advantage in the final inning of play. OSU's highest scoring inning is the third, where the Beavers hold a 43-12 scoring edge.

POINTS TO PONDER: Junior shortstop Kelly Petersen is the only Beaver player to start all 60 games at the same position...Sophomore Vanessa Iapala is batting .500 (4-for-8) with the bases loaded...Freshman Sherina Galvan is batting .417 (15-for-36) with runners in scoring position...Four different Oregon State players have 10 or more 2-out RBI on the season...Senior hurler Monica Hoffman is averaging just over 8 strikeouts per game...Only three of Oregon State's 15 Pac-10 games have lasted less than 2 hours...Sophomore Lisa Allen is batting .550 (11-for-20) in the fifth inning...Freshman third baseman Sherina Galvan is batting .500 (5-for-10) in the first inning...As a team, Oregon State is batting .306 with 17 doubles and 44 RBI in the opening inning...14 of Vanessa Iapala's 44 RBI on the season have come in the first inning...Vanessa Iapala ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 13 doubles and ninth with a .364 batting average...Kelly Petersen's 32 walks and Mia Longfellow's 16 sacrifice bunts rank second in the Pac-10...Freshman Brianne McGowan's 1.15 ERA and senior Monica Hoffman's 224 strikeouts rank fourth in the Pac-10...Freshman Ta'Tyana McElroy's 17 appearances in relief are the most in the conference.

'K' COUNTDOWN: Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman enters the week with 224 strikeouts on the season, the third-highest total in Oregon State history. Hoffman needs 22 K's to move into sole possession of first place and surpass Lori Davis' school record of 245, set in 1980. Hoffman is one of just two players (Crystal Draper) in school history to record 700 career strikeouts. She enters the week with 711.

RBI TIME: Sophomore Vanessa Iapala is one of just three players in Oregon State history to record 40 RBI in a single season. Iapala enters the week with 44 RBI, the school single season record is 48 -set by student assistant coach Shelly Prochaska in 2003.

LOOKING LONG, AGAIN: Oregon State is 26-4 on the season in games that at least one Beaver player hits a home run. The Beavers are 2-4 when hitting a homer against a Pac-10 opponent.

HOFFMAN HIGHLIGHTS: Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman 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.

700 K CLUB: With six strikeouts against Portland State on April 28, senior pitcher Monica Hoffman broke the 700 career strikeout barrier. Hoffman enters the week with 711 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 224 strikeouts, while allowing just 67 walks.

BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has a significant advantage over its opponents in several statistical categories:
- Team batting average: .271-.201
- Runs scored: 248-126
- Hits: 407-291
- RBI: 213-111
- Home Runs: 40-16
- Total bases: 605-385
- Stolen bases: 52-31
- On base percentage: .356-.270
- Earned run average: 1.70-3.55

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 nine 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 33-22 all-time record in games played at the OSU Softball Complex, including a 12-6 mark this season. The Beavers boast an 11-20 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 5-13 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 330-285-3 and a 67-166 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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