Softball Hosts No. 2 Stanford, No. 12 California in Strike Out Cancer Weekend
March 31, 2009
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (16-16, 1-3 Pac-10) host the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal (31-2, 2-1 Pac-10) on Friday at 3:00 p.m. before the No. 12 California Golden Bears (25-9, 2-1 Pac-10) on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 and 12:00 p.m. This weekend is also Strike Out Cancer weekend, sponsored by the Corvallis Clinic. Fans that wear pink to the games will receive $2 admission, and the first 100 fans to each of the three games will receive pink pom poms and eye stickers. On Saturday, fans have the chance to get autographs from their favorite Oregon State softball players.
TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from this week’s games can be found through the newly redesigned www.osubeavers.com. Live stats are available for all of the games through GameTracker. GameTracker can be found by accessing the 2009 Oregon State softball schedule.
GAME 33: no. 3 stanford (31-2, 2-1 Pac-10) — Friday, April 3 (3:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 24-33 all-time against Stanford. The Cardinal has taken the last three meetings.
The Stanford Cardinal shutout the No. 2 Washington Huskies twice last weekend at home after falling to No. 4 UCLA in the first game of Pac-10 play. Stanford pushed the game against the Huskies to 11 innings before winning, 1-0, and then defeated Washington 2-0 on Sunday behind the tough pitching of senior Missy Penna. Penna is 21-2 on the season with a 0.75 ERA and 13 complete game shutouts. She has made 23 appearances, 21 complete games, throwing 158.1 innings with 193 strikeouts and holds opponents to a .160 batting average. Leading the Cardinal at the plate is junior Alissa Haber with a .441 batting average with 49 hits, 39 runs, five home runs, three triples and 15 doubles. Haber leads the team in stolen bases with 10 on 11 attempts, and she is one of three fielders that still remains errorless. Head coach John Rittman is in his 13th season. Stanford is 2-0 on the road thus far this season.
GAMEs 34 & 35: no. 12 california (25-9, 2-1 pac-10) — Saturday & Sunday, April 4 & 5 (1:00 & 12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 33-63 all-time against Cal. The Golden Bears have taken the last two match-ups.
After falling 9-1 to No. 2 Washington in six innings, Cal rebounded with back-to-back wins over No. 4 UCLA on Saturday and Sunday last weekend in 7-6 and 9-5 decisions. Freshmen twins Elia and Jamia Reid lead the Golden Bear offense with .338 and .330 batting averages. Combined, the two have 52 stolen bases on the season on 57 attempts. In the circle, sophomore Valerie Arioto and junior Marissa Drewrey have split the work with Drewrey posting the most wins (15-8), but Arioto posting a better ERA (1.00). Between the two, they have recorded 269 strikeouts and nine complete game shutouts. Diane Ninemire is in her 22nd season as head coach of Cal. The Golden Bears will face Oregon on Friday before heading to Corvallis. Cal is 3-3 on the road.
looking back at last week — Oregon State took a pair of 8-0 games from Seattle on Wednesday before falling to No. 11 Arizona and No. 6 Arizona State.
Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld broke into the career record books, belting her 15th career home run on Saturday against the Sun Devils. She had four on the week with a pair against the Wildcats. Roderfeld tied the single-game record of two, becoming the 12th player in school history to do so and the first since 2007.
Junior Dani Chisholm is currently on a career-high eight game hitting streak after reaching eight on Sunday against Arizona State.
In her third career start, freshman Mary Claire Brenner went a perfect 2-for-2 on Sunday against the Sun Devils.
As a team, the Beavers doubled their home run numbers in one week as compared to the 27 games prior. The team tied a school record for most home runs in a single game with five against Seattle in the second game of the doubleheader.
national attention — As a team, Oregon State is ranked nationally in four categories. The Beavers are second in the nation for double plays turned (0.69 DPPG), 43rd for fielding percentage (0.969) and 91st for home runs per game (0.63 HRPG) and slugging percentage (0.405) in the latest NCAA ranking summary, released March 29. Junior Kelly Dyer is seventh in the nation for saves with three on the season.
it’s all about the team — The Beavers tied the school record for most home runs in a single game on Wednesday, Mar. 25, in the second game of the doubleheader against Seattle with five. The original record was set in 2003 against Portland State.
lowe career watch — Senior Paige Lowe has jumped onto the career stolen bases list with 26 currently in her career, good for eighth all-time.
roderfeld rips ‘em — Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld broke into the career record books with her 15th career home run against No. 6 Arizona State on Saturday, Mar. 28, good to tie for 10th. Roderfeld amassed eight last season and already has seven this season, hitting four in one week over five games.
home openers — Oregon 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 milestone — Head 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.
school record defense — Senior 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 22 thus far on the season with Lowe helping to turn 16. The Beavers second most was three against Arizona State on February 22, 2007 with DeAnn Young being apart of all three turned. The team season record is 28, set in 2003.
season openers — Oregon 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 ESPN.com/USA 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 beavers — The Beavers head to Portland State to make up the doubleheader from March 23 on Wednesday before traveling to Eugene for back-to-back games against Oregon on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday’s games are slated to begin at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., while Friday’s game is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday’s at 1:00 p.m.