No. 20 Softball Closes Regular Season Against Bay Area Schools
May 12, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Friday, May 14
No. 2 California at No. 20 OSU - 2 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)
Saturday, May 15
No. 8 Stanford at No. 20 OSU - 1 p.m. PDT (Corvallis, OR)
BEAVERS AND BEARS SERIES NUMBERS: California leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 56-24, but the Beavers are 11-22 against Cal with Kirk Walker at the helm. OSU has won four of the last five games against the Bears in Corvallis, including splitting last year's regular season double-header finale.
A QUICK GLANCE AT THE CARDINAL: No. 8 ranked Stanford University enters the week with a 41-15 overall record and an 11-7 record in Pac-10 games. Freshman Jackie Rinehart is one of four players batting above .300 on the year with a team-leading .363 clip from the plate. Cardinal ace Dana Sorensen holds a 26-8 record from the circle with a 1.51 ERA and 11 shutouts. Stanford is coming off a pair of losses to No. 3 UCLA - the Cardinal has not lost more than two games in a row all season.
BEAVERS AND CARDINAL SERIES NUMBERS: Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State by a slim, 23-20 advantage. The Beavers have an 8-22 record against the Cardinal under the direction of Kirk Walker. Stanford has won 12 of the last 14 meetings between the squads, including three straight at the OSU Softball Complex.
IT'S SENIOR WEEKEND: Oregon State has won at least one game during the final regular season weekend of action at the OSU Softball Complex over the last three years. During the stretch, the Beavers have picked up three victories against California and one against Stanford.
THANK YOU DENA AND MO: Senior pitchers Dena DuBois and Monica Hoffman will close out their career at the OSU Softball Complex on Saturday against No. 8 Stanford. DuBois competed two seasons at Oregon State after transferring from Mount San Antonio Community College. The vocal leader of the squad, she appeared in 23 games for the Beavers. Hoffman, a four-year starter, has her name scattered throughout the OSU career record book. The two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick ranks in the top 5 in seven different career pitching categories, including holding the school record for no-hitters and saves.
FIFTH TIME TO FORTY: Oregon State's 6-0 victory against Arizona State on May 7 marked the Beavers' 40th victory of the season. OSU has recorded 40 wins on five different occasions in program history. 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. 20 spot in the May 12 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. The Beavers hold a 4-11 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, 2. California, 5. UCLA, 7. Washington, 8. Stanford, 13. Oregon, 20. Oregon State.
SELECTION SUNDAY: Oregon State will find out on Sunday, May 16 where it will be seeded in the 2004 NCAA Regional Championships. The selection show will air live between 5:30 and 6 p.m. on ESPNews.
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 .366 batting average, 14 doubles, and 44 RBI. Freshman Mia Longfellow ranks second on the squad with a .314 mark from the plate, 17 sacrifices and 15 stolen bases, while junior Kelly Petersen is hitting .301, with 39 RBI and 37 runs scored. Sophomore Lisa Allen adds a .300 average and leads the team with 10 home runs.
TAKING A LOOK AT THE CIRCLE: Oregon State has three pitchers with 10 or more victories on the season - Monica Hoffman, Brianne McGowan, Ta'Tyana McElroy - for just the second time in program history. The Beavers also had three hurlers with 10-plus wins during the 2002 campaign. OSU's current 1.69 ERA is its best since posting a 1.37 mark from the circle in 2001.
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 on April 24. Longfellow has 15 swipes on the year in 20 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.
GOOD GUN: Sophomore catcher Lisa Allen threw out University of Arizona speedster Caitlin Lowe on May 9, when the Pac-10's leader in stolen bases attempted to pick-up swipe number 46 on the season. Allen's throw was just the second toss this season that was able to catch Lowe attempting to steal.
POINTS TO PONDER: Sophomore Vanessa Iapala is batting .818 (9-for-11) with a runner on third base and less than two outs...Freshman Sherina Galvan is batting .417 (15-for-36) with runners in scoring position...Sophomore Lisa Allen leads the team with 16 two-out RBI...Sophomore Vanessa Iapala leads the team and ranks 8th in the Pac-10 with a .366 batting average...Vanessa Iapala's 68 hits on the year are the third most in the Pac-10 and rank 6th in OSU history...As a team, Oregon State is batting .303 with 18 doubles and 44 RBI in the opening inning...As a team, the Beavers are batting just .188 in the seventh inning...14 of Vanessa Iapala's 44 RBI on the season have come in the first inning...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 ranks fifth in the Pac-10...Senior Monica Hoffman's 233 strikeouts rank fourth in the Pac-10...Freshman Ta'Tyana McElroy's 18 appearances in relief and 16 games finished are the most in the conference.
'K' COUNTDOWN: Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman enters the week with 233 strikeouts on the season - the second-highest total in Oregon State history. Hoffman needs just 13 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 720.
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.
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 leads the team with six shutouts on the season and her 24 career shutouts rank 5th 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 720 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 233 strikeouts, while allowing just 69 walks.
BEATING THE COMPETITION: Oregon State has a significant advantage over its opponents in several statistical categories:
- Team batting average: .266-.205
- Runs scored: 254-131
- Hits: 420-310
- RBI: 217-115
- Home Runs: 41-16
- Total bases: 624-406
- Stolen bases: 54-33
- On base percentage: .349-.272
- Earned run average: 1.69-3.35
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 5-15 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 331-287-3 and a 68-168 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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