Beavers Head to Vegas for Louisville Slugger Desert Classic

Feb. 10, 2009

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LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (2-2) heads to the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., hosted by UNLV. The Beavers will face the Cal State Fullerton Titans (1-0) and No. 16 DePaul Blue Demons (0-0) first on Friday at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. The team will then take on the Utah Utes (3-2) at 1:30 p.m. and the UC Davis Aggies (3-1) at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Oregon State will wrap up the tournament against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (1-4) at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday.


TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from this week’s games can be found through the newly redesigned Live stats are available for all of the games through GameTracker. GameTracker can be found by accessing the 2009 Oregon State softball schedule.


GAME 5: cal state fullerton (1-0)Friday, Feb. 13 (9:00 a.m.): Oregon State is 6-9 all-time against the Titans. Cal State Fullerton has won the last two with the two teams last meeting on Mar. 2, 2008.


Cal State Fullerton was rained out for most of its opening weekend, but the team was able to squeeze in one game on Sunday, defeating Indiana 9-2 in five innings. Junior infielder Francesca Gonzales went a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs, hitting a pair of home runs. Senior Courtney Martinez also posted a perfect day, going 2-for-2 with four RBI and two runs, hitting a pair of home runs of her own. Redshirt freshman Krystal Heinle tallied the win, throwing four innings and allowing only one hit and one run. Head coach Michelle Gromacki is in her 10th season at the helm of the Titan softball program.


GAME 6: no. 16 depaul (0-0) — Friday, Feb. 13 (11:15 a.m.): Oregon State is 6-4-1 all-time against DePaul, winning the last two. The two teams last met on Mar. 26, 2006, with the Beavers winning 6-1 after defeating the Blue Devils 10-3 earlier in the season.


DePaul kicks off its 2009 softball season this weekend after finishing the 2008 season with a 51-18 overall record and 16-6 in the Big East. The Blue Demons followed up their 2007 Women’s College World Series appearance with the team’s 13th postseason appearance in 2008. DePaul finished ranked 21st last season. The Blue Demons return 14 from last year’s squad, including eight starters, losing only two. Senior third baseman Amber Patton returns after leading the team with a .403 batting average with nine doubles and three triples. She stole 14 bases successfully and scored a team-high 41 runs. Junior pitcher Becca Heteniak returns after posting a 33-8 record last season, throwing eight complete game shutouts, four combined, and 315 strikeouts with a 1.37 ERA. Both Patton and Heteniak are on the top 50 watch list for Player of the Year. Head coach Eugene Lenti begins his 28th season leading the DePaul program.


GAME 7: utah (3-2)Saturday, Feb. 14 (1:30 p.m.): Oregon State has taken the last four meetings, holding an 8-7 all-time advantage over the Utes. The Beavers won the last meeting on Feb. 17, 2008, 3-2.


Utah opened its season defeating San Jose State, Utah State and Utah Valley State, but fell to Loyola Marymount and No. 15 Washington. Junior outfielder Kara Foster led the Utes offense, going 8-for-16 with three home runs and one double, scoring six runs and tallying seven RBI. Freshman infielder Whitney Holm also chalked up three home runs with five RBI, hitting .357. Junior pitcher Ashley Smuda started the season off 3-0 with 14 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .149 batting average. Amy Hogue is in her second season as head coach.


GAME 8: uc davis (3-1)Saturday, Feb. 14 (6:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 1-0 all-time against UC Davis, winning on Mar. 5, 2006, 13-4 in five innings.


Senior outfielder Belinda Paine led UC Davis to a 3-1 start at the Cathedral City Kickoff opening weekend, defeating Liberty, Fordham and James Madison, but falling to Illinois. Paine hit .538 with seven hits and three runs. Left-handed pitcher Alex Holmes went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, throwing one complete game shutout before a combined shutout with 22 total strikeouts, allowing only four hits in 13.0 total innings of work. Karen Yoder is in her fifth season as head coach of the program. The Aggies will face San Jose State on Wednesday before heading to the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic this weekend.


GAME 9: southern utah (1-4)Sunday, Feb. 15 (11:15 a.m.): Oregon State holds a 7-4 all-time advantage over Southern Utah, winning the last two. The two teams last matched up on Feb. 1, 2003, with Oregon State winning 10-2 in five innings.


Southern Utah is coming off of a 1-4 opening weekend, picking up the win against Idaho State in the team’s final game of the weekend. The Thunderbirds fell to BYU, Northern Colorado, Utah Valley State and Washington. Sophomore Darlene Fernandez was named the Summit League Offensive Player of the Week after batting .429 with three doubles and two home runs, overall going 6-for-14 with a pair of runs and seven RBI. Junior left-handed pitcher Kristina Brooks earned the team’s lone win of the weekend, throwing 29 strikeouts over 27.0 innings of work. Head coach Julie Strand is in her fourth season at the helm of the program.


looking back at last weekendOregon State got off to a 2-2 start, defeating Wisconsin, 4-3, and No. 22 Georgia, 3-2, but falling to Southern Illinois, 1-3, and No. 13 Houston, 4-12.


Senior Stefanie Ewing earned hits in all four games to lead the team, including a double and home run.  She chalked up a team-high four RBI. And senior Paige Lowe also tallied a home run.


Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld led the team overall with a .400 hitting percentage, going 4-for-10 with a pair of doubles, three walks and three RBI.


Junior Kelly Dyer and freshman Paige Hall split time in the circle with Dyer carrying most of the load, throwing 19.0 innings and fanning 18.


season openersOregon State is 10-13 in its season opener since 1987. Under head coach Kirk Walker, the Beavers are 7-8. The last time Oregon State won its season opener was in 2005 at UC Santa Barbara.


POINTS IN THE POLL — Oregon State received eight votes in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, released on February 10. The votes tie the Beavers for 37th with two other schools. In the Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, released February 10, the Beavers received seven votes, good for 34th.


tough competition The Oregon State softball team will continue with its tradition of a tough schedule. In 2009, the Beavers will face 18 teams from the 2008 NCAA Tournament (three of those being College World Series teams), 13 from the NFCA Preseason Top 25 with four of those being in the top 10. Oregon State will face three more that received votes in the poll.


PAC-10 PREVIEW ­— Oregon State is predicted to finish tied for seventh this season with 10 votes in the Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll. UCLA was voted tow in the conference with three first place votes and 43 total points. Arizona State was second with 41 points and two first place votes, and Washington is predicted to finish third with two first place votes and 36 total. Arizona, Stanford and California follow, and Oregon was the other team to receive 10 votes.


TICKET INFORMATION ­— Tickets are available for home softball games by walk-up purchase only at the OSU Softball Complex. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children. Admission is free for Oregon State students with valid ID card.


2008 RECAP — The 2008 softball season was one full of expectations and record setting performances by the Beavers, led by senior utility player and two-time All-American, Cambria Miranda. Miranda earned her fourth All-Pac-10 nod with second team honors to lead four others on the All-Pac-10 teams. Junior Paige Lowe, who also was the lone Beaver to receive All-Pacific Region honors, sophomores Dani Chisholm and Kelly Dyer and freshman Erin Guzy all earned honorable mention. Guzy added Pac-10 All-Freshmen Team honors with Audrey Roderfeld joining her. Freshman McKenna Lowe earned All-Freshman Honorable Mention. Roderfeld was the lone Oregon State player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for Mar. 11-17. The 2008 season held highlights of nearly defeating the No. 1 team in the country, Arizona State, at home in a 12-inning thriller, taking the series from No. 23 Washington and Oregon and upsetting No. 3 UCLA in the final weekend of the season, but the team came up just short of its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance with a 28-31 record.


OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX — The Oregon State softball complex opened in April of 2001. The $1.5 million dollar complex features 750 bleacher backed seats, a concession and restroom facility, as well as one of the top playing surfaces in the nation. The sunken dugouts each contain a restroom for players as well as large storage areas. The press box facility, one of the best in the Pac-10, allows ample seating for six scorers in the main booth with two smaller television/radio booths located on both sides. A state-of-the-art sound and public address system are housed in the press box. Oregon State has hosted seven fall tournaments since the OSU Softball Complex opened in 2001. The facility was home of the 2006 NCAA Regional and Super Regional Tournaments - with Oregon State winning both, and earning its first ever trip to the NCAA Women’s College World Series. Additional bleacher seating was added for the NCAA postseason games and a plan is in the works to add lights to the facility.


what’s next for the beaversThe Beavers head back to Cathedral City, Calif., for the Cathedral City Classic. Oregon State will face Tennessee Tech and Kansas on Friday, No. 11 Northwestern on Friday, No. 23 North Carolina and No. 11 Tennessee on Saturday and Georgia Tech on Sunday.

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