Softball Embarks on Seven-Game Spring Break Stretch

March 22, 2009

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LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (14-13, 1-0 Pac-10) start a seven-game spring break stretch on Monday at Portland State (12-12) in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m. before hosting Seattle (8-9) in a doubleheader at the OSU Softball Complex on Wednesday beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Beavers continue Pac-10 competition on Friday at No. 12 Arizona (28-7, 0-0 Pac-10) at 7:00 p.m. before heading for back-to-back games at No. 6 Arizona State (28-5, 0-0 Pac-10) on Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 and 12:00 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.


GAMEs 28 & 29: portland state (12-12)Monday, Mar. 23 (2:00 & 4:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 74-31-1 all-time against Portland State. The Vikings took the last two meetings with the Beavers taking the first two last season.


Portland State has been idle since defeating Oregon on March 11. Prior to that win, the Vikings posted a 2-3 weekend at the Cal State Northridge Worth Invitational, defeating Quinnipac twice. The Vikings have defeated one ranked opponent this season in No. 16 DePaul at the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. Senior Jackie Heide leads the team’s offense with a .391 batting average. She has amassed seven home runs, one triple, 19 RBI and scored 10 runs. In the circle, sophomore Nichole Latham has shouldered most of the work, throwing 94.1 innings with a 8-6 overall record. She boasts one complete game shutout and 69 strikeouts, holding opponents to a .230 batting average. Tobin Echo-Hawk is in her first season as head coach of the Vikings. Monday’s games will mark the team’s home opener.


GAMEs 30 & 31: seattle (8-9)Wednesday, Mar. 25 (1:00 & 3:00 p.m.): Oregon State and Seattle will meet for the first time on Wednesday. The Redhawks are in their first season playing at the Division I level.


Seattle is coming off a doubleheader win over New Mexico on March 19. The Redhawks won in 3-2 and 14-8 decisions. Senior Lisa Hill leads the team with a .435 batting average, leading Seattle in nearly every offensive category. Hill has five home runs, four doubles, 13 runs and 16 RBI. In the circle, freshman Hannah Klein boasts the best overall record, 5-3 with a complete game shutout on only 47.2 innings pitched, while junior Kelsey Reynolds posts the best ERA, 2.55. Head coach Dan Powers is in his sixth season, and Seattle is 1-4 on the road. The Redhawks will face Oregon on Tuesday in a doubleheader before heading to Corvallis on Wednesday.


GAME 32: no. 12 arizona (28-7, 0-0 Pac-10)Friday, Mar. 27 (7:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 10-78 all-time against Arizona. The Wildcats currently hold a nine-game winning streak over the Beavers.


Arizona picked up a pair of wins at New Mexico State on March 18, after going 3-2 at the Judi Garman Classic at Cal State Fullerton. Three Wildcats are batting above .400, led by sophomore Lauren Schutzler with a .479 average. Junior Stacie Chambers leads the power hitters with 20 home runs on the season, while sophomore Brittany Lastrapes has 15 doubles and 10 home runs. Junior Sarah Akamine has racked up the most wins in the circle with 13, while redshirt senior Jennifer Martinez posts a team-best 1.96 ERA with a 5-1 overall record. After taking the 2008 season off to coach the US National Softball Team, Mike Candrea returns for his 24th season. Arizona is 15-1 at home this season.


GAMEs 33 & 34: no. 6 arizona state (28-5, 0-0 Pac-10)Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 28 & 29 (7:00 & 12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 26-64 all-time against Arizona State. The Sun Devils have won the last five meetings.


Arizona State swept Long Beach State last weekend in a three-game series to extend a winning streak to four games after a 4-1 finish at the Judi Garman Classic at Cal State Fullerton. Senior Kaitlin Cochran broke the school record for career home runs with 61 total and two just on Saturday. Cochran leads the team at the plate with a .440 average, 34 runs, 40 RBI and a 1.013 slugging percentage. Freshman pitcher Hillary Bach has amassed 15 of the team’s wins this season, posting a 2.65 ERA and striking out 76 batters. Bach boasts six complete game shutouts and has only given up 11 walks on 103.0 innings pitched. Head coach Clint Myers is in his fourth season at Arizona State. The Sun Devils are 21-1 at home at Farrington Stadium.


looking back at last saturday Oregon State won its first Pac-10 opener since 2006, on Saturday when the Beavers defeated Oregon, 2-1, at the OSU Softball Complex.


Junior Dani Chisholm chalked up the game winning RBI on a hit down the left field line to score freshman Nicole Luchanski from second base.


Senior Paige Lowe hit her fourth home run of the season, eighth career, over left field to give the Beavers the early 1-0 lead after one full.


Junior Kelly Dyer threw the complete game, picking up her sixth win of the season.


home openersOregon State has won its home opener for the last six seasons with the win over Oregon being its first conference and home opener of those six.


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 return home to the OSU Softball Complex for more Pac-10 games. The No. 4 Stanford Cardinal comes to town on Friday before the No. 10 Cal Bears stop by for games on Saturday and Sunday.

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