Softball Hosts Portland State, UCLA, Washington in Five-Game Home Stand
April 14, 2009
LOOKING AHEAD -- The Oregon State softball team (20-19, 3-6 Pac-10) host the Portland State Vikings (20-17) in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Beavers resume conference play on Friday against the No. 3 UCLA Bruins (29-8, 4-4 Pac-10) at 3:00 p.m. before hosting the No. 4 Washington Huskies (31-7, 4-4 Pac-10) on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 and 12:00 p.m.
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.
GAMEs 40 & 41: Portland state (20-17) -- Wednesday, April 15 (2:00 & 4:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 76-31-1 all-time against Portland State. The Beavers took the last two meetings at Erv Lind Stadium last week.
Portland State split last weekend with the University of San Diego in another four-game Pacific Coast Softball Conference series in San Diego. Senior Jackie Heide continues to lead the Viking offense with a .387 batting average, posting a team-high 43 hits, 31 RBI and nine home runs. In the circle, junior Tori Rogers leads the pitchers in ERA (2.20) with a 6-3 record, while sophomore Nichole Latham has more in the wins column (12-8). Rogers has two complete game shutouts with Latham also tallying a complete and combined game shutout. Combined, the two have 191 strikeouts. Tobin Echo-Hawk is in her first season as head coach of the softball program. Portland State is 3-9 on the road this season.
GAME 42: no. 3 ucla (29-8, 4-4 pac-10) -- Friday, April 17 (3:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 10-75 all-time against UCLA. The Bruins took the last meeting, however, the Beavers nabbed the second game of the series at home last year.
Senior pitcher Megan Langenfeld led the Bruins to back-to-back wins over No. 3 Washington last weekend, throwing a no-hitter in Saturday's game and a one-hitter on Friday. Langenfeld is perfect on the season with a 6-0 record and 1.07 ERA on 58.2 innings of work. She has struck out 54 and holds opponents to a .103 batting average. Sophomore Katie Schroeder leads the Bruin offense with a .400 batting average, tallying 37 runs on 44 hits, including nine home runs, two doubles and a triple. Schroeder has been walked 27 times and has successfully stolen 15 bases on 17 attempts. Kelly Inouye-Perez is in her third year as head coach, 16th year at UCLA. The Bruins are 5-2 on the road this season.
GAMEs 43 & 44: no. 4 washington (31-7, 4-4 pac-10) -- Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19 (1:00 & 12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 15-40 all-time against Oregon State took the series from Washington last season, winning the last two games -- one at Washington and one at home.
Washington is coming off a rough 0-2 weekend against No. 9 UCLA at Easton Stadium. The Huskies fell in 11 on Friday on a walk-off home run before falling 10-0 in five on Saturday. Senior Ashley Charters leads the Washington offense with a .440 batting average, posting a team-high 55 hits and 42 runs. She has four doubles, three triples and six home runs on the season with 20 walks and 24 stolen bases. Junior Danielle Lawrie leads the Huskies in the circle with a 0.62 ERA and a 22-4 overall record. Three of her losses have come in Pac-10 play. She has 13 complete game shutouts, 276 strikeouts and holds opponents to a .114 batting average. Head coach Heather Tarr is in her fifth season. The Huskies are 3-6 on the road this season.
looking back at last week -- Oregon State snapped Portland State's 6-0 win streak at home, taking both games of Wednesday's doubleheader, 10-3 and 5-0. The Beavers followed up with a Civil War Series win on Saturday, 2-1, after falling 3-2 the day before to Oregon.
Overall as a team, the Beavers hit .270, while holding opponents to a .192 average with the Oregon State pitchers posting a 1.04 ERA.
Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld hit her eighth and ninth home runs of the season, with the last one coming in Saturday's win. She currently is boasting a career-high seven-game hitting streak.
Overall on the week, senior Stefanie Ewing hit .455 with six RBI and a pair of home runs. She tallied all six of her RBI on Wednesday against Portland State.
Freshman Paige Hall recorded her first save as she threw eight scoreless innings against Oregon and gave up three unearned runs in her complete game against the Vikings.
Junior Kelly Dyer chalked up her second Civil War Series win after earning both wins last season as well.
national attention -- As a team, Oregon State is ranked nationally in four categories. The Beavers are leading the nation in double plays turned (0.59 DPPG), 40th for fielding percentage (0.969) and 63rd for home runs per game (0.72 HRPG) and 72nd for slugging percentage (0.415) in the latest NCAA ranking summary, released April 7. Junior Kelly Dyer is 11th 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 27 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 nine 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 23 thus far on the season with Lowe helping to turn 17. 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.
rpi rankings -- Oregon State is currently 71st in the most recent RPI rankings, released March 31. The Beavers finished the 2008 season ranked 70th.
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 back out on the road to the Bay Area to face UC Davis on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in a single non-conference game. Oregon State then plays No. 14 California on Friday at 3:00 p.m. before taking on No. 2 Stanford on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 and 12:00 p.m.