No. 3 Seeded Softball Faces No. 6 Seed Bowling Green On Thursday In NCAA Regional Tournament
May 17, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Thursday, May 20
No. 3 Oregon State vs. No. 6 Bowling Green - 7 a.m. PDT
No. 2 Tennessee vs. Illinois-Chicago - 9:30 a.m. PDT
No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 5 DePaul - 12 p.m. PDT
No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 8 Canisius - 2:30 p.m. PDT
Loser of game 1 vs. Loser of game 2 - 5 p.m. PDT
ALL GAMES WILL BE PLAYED IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Live stats of games will be broadcast on the Internet at www.osubeavers.com
Tournament is double elimination and will run through May 23
BEAVERS IN NCAA REGIONAL ACTION: Oregon State is making its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament and is looking to advance to the College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK, for the first time in school history. OSU has a 13-10 all-time Regional Tournament record. The Beavers have reached the tournament championship game in three appearances (1999, 2000, 2003).
SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN: Bowling Green State University enters Thursday's first round NCAA Regional Tournament game with a 34-28 overall record. The Mid-American Conference champions, BGSU, has won five straight games. Sophomore third baseman Gina Rango leads the team with a .375 batting average, 17 doubles, nine home runs and 42 RBI. Sophomore hurler Liz Vrabel holds a 1.42 ERA and a 15-15 overall record to go along with 166 strikeouts. As a team, the Falcons are batting .254 on the season.
BEAVERS AGAINST THE FIELD: Here is a quick breakdown of Oregon State's record against the tournament field:
-Oregon State leads the all-time series with Bowling Green, 1-0. The last time the Beavers and Falcons met was on Mar. 24, 1990 when OSU tallied a 3-1 victory at the Pony Invitational in Fullerton, CA.
-Oregon State holds a 3-1 all-time record against University of Tennessee. The Beavers and Lady Vols split a pair of games earlier this season at the Paradise Classic in Honolulu, HI. OSU earned a 2-0 victory on Feb. 7 behind a 3-for-3 performance and home run by sophomore Adrienne Alo. UT picked up a 2-0 win on Feb. 8 taking advantage of an RBI double and two-out single for a pair of runs. Beaver hurler Monica Hoffman allowed just four hits compared to Tennessee freshman Monica Abbott's six, but Abbott recorded 15 strikeouts.
-Oregon State is a perfect 3-0 in games played against Illinois-Chicago. The Beavers earned a 3-0 victory earlier this season against UIC on Jan. 31 at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament. Mia Longfellow led the Beavers with a 2-for-3 clip.
-Oregon State holds a 3-1 edge in the all-time series against University of Notre Dame. The Beavers and Irish last faced each other on May 18, 2002 in the NCAA Regional Tournament host by University of Iowa. UND earned a 2-0 victory, ending OSU's season.
-The all-time series between Oregon State and DePaul is tied a 3-3-1. The last time the two teams met was on Mar. 11, 2001 at the Fresno State Tournament with OSU taking a 1-0 victory against No. 11 DePaul.
-University of Michigan holds a 4-0 record all-time against Oregon State. The Beavers and Wolverines met earlier this season on Feb. 13 at the UNLV Classic. Both teams recorded two hits in the contest, by Michigan took advantage of two Beavers errors to record the 2-0 victory.
-Oregon State has never faced Canisius College.
PAC-10 POSTSEASON: Seven of the eight Pacific-10 Conference teams reached the 2004 NCAA Regional Tournament. The Pac-10 has sent seven teams to postseason in six consecutive seasons. Last year marked the 20th time in 22 years that the Pac-10 sent at least one team to the Women's College World Series 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.
REGIONAL SUCCESS: Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman holds a 6-2 record and 1.23 ERA in nine NCAA Regional Tournament appearances. Hoffman has tallied 40 strikeouts in 45.2 innings of postseason action. She earned Co-Most Outstanding Player honors last season at the NCAA Regional hosted by University of Florida.
BEATING THE BEST: Oregon State has knocked off five nationally ranked opponents on the season, the list includes:
- No. 8 Nebraska (Feb. 15)
- No. 6 Georgia (Feb. 21)
- No. 1 UCLA (Mar. 14)
- No. 3 California (Apr. 4)
- No. 14 Oregon (Apr. 10)
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 4-14 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.
FROM THE BATTERS BOX: For the first time this season, just two Oregon State players are currently batting above .300. Sophomore Vanessa Iapala has been the Beavers' most consistent batter on the year and leads the team with a .349 batting average, 14 doubles, and 44 RBI. Freshman Mia Longfellow ranks second on the squad with a .318 mark from the plate, 17 sacrifices and 15 stolen bases.
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.
GOTTA BREAK THE STREAK: Oregon State is currently in the middle of a five-game losing streak - its longest of the season.
ANOTHER RECORD FOR MO: Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman used nine strikeouts in the regular season finale against No. 8 Stanford to break the Oregon State single season strikeout record. Hoffman has 247 strikeouts on the year, surpassing Lori Davis' total 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 734.
FAB FROSH: 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.
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 five 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 734 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 a school record 247 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: .262-.208
- Runs scored: 258-144
- Hits: 433-332
- RBI: 221-127
- Home Runs: 42-21
- Total bases: 642-444
- Stolen bases: 54-38
- On base percentage: .343-.272
- Earned run average: 1.80-3.25
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 33-25 all-time record in games played at the OSU Softball Complex, including a 12-9 mark this season. The Beavers boast an 11-23 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.
FACING THE BEST: So far this season Oregon State holds a 5-18 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.
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 331-290-3 and a 68-171 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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