Softball Heads to Aggie Classic
Feb. 17, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (2-3) heads to the Aggie Classic, hosted by Texas A&M this weekend. The Beavers will face the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (3-0) and the No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies (4-1) on Friday at 8:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Then the team faces the Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-0) and Louisiana-Monroe at 8:00 and 10:15 a.m. And Oregon State wraps up tournament play against Mississippi State on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. All times are Pacific.
FOLLOWING 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 2010 Oregon State softball schedule.
Radio will also be available for Oregon State’s game against Texas A&M through AggieAthletics.com or radioaggieland.com, where fans can add the application on their iPhones, Blackberries, etc. and listen anywhere through their phone.
TRACK THE TEAM ON TWITTER — Get frequent updates on the Oregon State softball team by following OregonStateSB on Twitter. Links to stories, pictures from the road and much more will be tweeted through the official Oregon State softball Twitter.
GAMES 6 & 9: LOUISIANA-MONROE (3-0) — Friday, Feb. 19 & Saturday, Feb. 20 (8:00 a.m. PT & 10:15 a.m. PT): The two teams will meet for the first time this weekend.
Louisiana-Monroe opened the 2010 season with a perfect 3-0 mark, while junior outfielder Brianna Love earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors after hitting .444 with a pair of home runs and scoring five runs. The Warhawks opened up the season against SEMO, Jackson State and Northwestern State, scoring 27 runs to their opponents’ 15. Junior left-handed pitcher Heather Fritz went 2-0 with a 0.62 ERA on 11.1 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .250 batting average. Three other players hit .500 and above to account for nearly half of the team’s hits with 15 of 31. Louisiana-Monroe’s head coach is Rosemary Holloway-Hill, in her 26th season. The Warhawks are 2-0 at neutral sites so far on the season.
GAME 7: NO. 21 TEXAS a&m (4-1) — Friday, Feb. 19 (3:15 p.m. PT): Oregon State is 1-2 all-time against Texas A&M. The Aggies took the last meeting in 2008, 9-1. Oregon State’s lone win was in 2006, winning 2-0.
Joining Oregon State at last weekend’s Kajikawa Classic, the Texas A&M Aggies jumped into the polls this week, ranked 21st in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 after going 4-1 with wins over Wisconsin, No. 11 California, Nevada and Cal State Northridge. The Aggies’ only loss was to No. 5 Arizona State in a 10-4 decision. Freshman Meagan May led the Texas A&M offense with a .533 performance with three doubles, three home runs and six runs, tallying 10 RBI. In the field, she was perfect with 46 putouts and three assists. In the circle, junior righty Rhiannon Kliesing posted a 2.72 ERA, going 3-0 on 18.0 innings pitched with 33 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .185 batting average. Texas A&M is led by 14th year head coach Jo Evans. The team will host its home opener against Mississippi State at 1:00 p.m. PT on Friday before hosting Oregon State.
GAMES 8 & 10: MISSISSIPPI STATE (4-0) — Saturday, Feb. 20 & Sunday, Feb. 21 (8:00 a.m. PT & 8:00 a.m. PT): Oregon State is 4-0 against Mississippi State, picking up a win last season in Hawai’i over the then 25th-ranked Bulldogs, 2-0.
Mississippi State went a perfect 4-0 last weekend at the Bulldog Round-Robin, defeating UAB and Stephen F. Austin twice. The Bulldogs shut out Stephen F. Austin twice and UAB once, allowing only two runs in the second game against the Blazers. Freshman pitcher Kylie Vry was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after posting a 0.00 ERA with one win, one complete game shutout and one combined on eight innings of work, not allowing a single hit with six strikeouts. On the offensive side, senior infielder Jessie Bailey led the team with a .545 batting average, going 6-for-11 with a double and a pair of runs. Head coach Jay Miller is in his eighth season leading the Bulldogs. Mississippi State will play its first game at a neutral site against Louisiana-Monroe on Friday at 10:15 a.m. PT.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK — Oregon State went 2-3 in its opening weekend, defeating Notre Dame, 7-3, and Southern Utah, 11-0. But the Beavers fell to Ole Miss, Nevada and Creighton to open the weekend.
Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner went 8-for-16 with six home runs and 16 RBI on the weekend. Brenner set the new school record for most home runs in a single game with three against the Thunderbirds on Sunday, earning another near school record with six RBI.
BRENNER BOMBS — Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner already has six home runs on the season, five games into the season, hitting at least one in four games. Against Southern Utah on Sunday, Feb. 14, Brenner broke the school record for most home runs in a single game with three, going a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs and six RBI.
season openers — Oregon State is 10-14 in its season opener since 1987. Under head coach Kirk Walker, the Beavers are 7-9. The last time Oregon State won its season opener was in 2005 at UC Santa Barbara.
tough competition — The Oregon State softball team will take on 10 teams ranked in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Preseason Top 25 Poll and the USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Poll. Six Pac-10 teams are included in that list in Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford and California. Other teams the Beavers will face are Oklahoma, Ohio State, Northwestern and UMass.
PAC-10 PREVIEW — Oregon State was voted tie to finish seventh this season, receiving 10 votes. The defending national champion, Washington, was voted to win the conference title, receiving seven of the eight first place votes for 49 total points.
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.
2009 RECAP — The 2009 season proved to be one of ups and downs for the Oregon State softball team. While the team received votes in the polls early in the season, fueled by victories over top 25 teams, eventually the team was unable to hold its votes and had to settle for another season just short of the NCAA Tournament, despite it marking the 13th consecutive season the team had a 25-plus win season. The Beavers upset 22nd-ranked Georgia in opening weekend before No. 25 Mississippi to wrap up the non-conference tournament schedule. Oregon State went on to upset more competition in the always stacked Pac-10 Conference, nabbing one away from No. 12 California at home before senior Paige Lowe boosted the Beavers over No. 9 Arizona State with a walk-off home run. Seven players earned All-Pac-10 honors with junior Audrey Roderfeld earning second team accolades and freshman Ashley Sanchez being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
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 the Cathedral City Classic to face No. 12 Oklahoma and Fordham on Friday, No. 14 Ohio State and Syracuse on Saturday and No. 15 Texas on Sunday.
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