Softball Hosts Oregon in Pac-10 and Home Opener

March 17, 2009

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LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (13-13) hosts its Pac-10 and home opener against the Oregon Ducks (8-16) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

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 27: oregon (8-16)Saturday, Mar. 21 (2:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 78-78-1 all-time against Oregon. Last season, the Beavers took the series, winning two of three, but the Ducks took the final meeting in Corvallis.

Oregon is currently riding a four-game losing streak going into Saturday’s contest. The Ducks only had one game last week against Portland State, in which Oregon lost its first ever night game to the Vikings at Howe Field, 7-5. Prior to Wednesday’s contest, Oregon failed to tally a win at the Wolf Pack Classic, hosted by Nevada, falling twice to Southern Utah and once to the host team in close decisions. Junior outfielder Neena Bryant leads the Ducks’ offense with a .395 batting average with five doubles, one triple and a pair of home runs. She has 16 RBI and 14 runs and is 17 of 18 on stolen base attempts this season. Leading the team in power hitting is sophomore Monique Fuiava, who boasts seven home runs and six doubles. Freshman Sam Skillingstad posts the best record in the circle with a 6-5 overall record, throwing a couple of shutouts on 18 appearances. She has 80 strikeouts in 72.0 innings pitched, allowing only 19 earned runs and holding opponents to a .226 batting average. Kathy Arendsen is in her seventh season as head coach of the Oregon softball program. Overall, the Ducks are 0-2 on the road this season.

looking back The Beavers were rained out last Saturday. The team was scheduled to host Portland State in a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m. The games have been rescheduled for April 14, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex.

In the previous weekend, Oregon State went 3-3 at the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament, hosted by the University of Hawai’i. The Beavers defeated Mount Saint Mary’s, 4-1, and fell to Florida Gulf Coast, 2-1, on Thursday. The Beavers rebounded with a 2-0 win over No. 25 Mississippi State and a 3-0 win over Santa Clara on Friday and Saturday. But the team dropped the final two games of the tournament to Radford and Hawai’i in 3-2 decisions.

Freshman pitcher Paige Hall and sophomore outfielder McKenna Lowe were named to the All-Tournament team.

Junior Dani Chisholm went 4-for-4 against Mount Saint Mary’s to tie the school record for the most hits in a single game, a record she reached last season as well, and marking the 12th time it’s been reached.

Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld hit her third home run of the season, 11th career, against Hawai’i.

The Beavers turned three double plays over the weekend, including two against Radford, making it 21 total on the season. Senior Paige Lowe now has helped turn 15.

major milestoneHead coach Kirk Walker earned his 500th career win against Minnesota on Sunday, Mar. 1 at the CSUF DiMarini Invitational. Walker reached 400 on March 25, 2006, when Oregon State rallied for a 2-1 eight-inning win against BYU in the Beavers’ home opener.

career watchSenior Paige Lowe has jumped onto the career stolen bases list with 26 currently in her career, good for eighth all-time.

school record defenseSenior Paige Lowe and the rest of the team set a new school record for turning double plays against Kansas on February 19 with four. Overall, the team has turned a conference-leading 21 thus far on the season with Lowe helping to turn 15. The Beavers second most was three against Arizona State on February 22, 2007 with DeAnn Young being apart of all three turned.

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 one vote in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, released on March 3. The vote places the Beavers 35th. In the Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll, released March 3, the Beavers received one vote, tied for 33rd.

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 to Portland State for a doubleheader on Monday before hosting Seattle at home on Wednesday in a doubleheader. Oregon State then continues Pac-10 play in the desert on March 27 at Arizona before back-to-back games at Arizona State on Saturday and Sunday.

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