Softball Hosts Home Opener against Boise State, North Dakota

March 10, 2010

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LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (8-11) hosts its home opener as part of the Cascade Clash. The Beavers will host the Boise State Broncos (3-11) on Friday at 1:00 p.m. before the North Dakota Fighting Sioux (3-10) at 3:00 p.m. Oregon State will face North Dakota again on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Admission is free to all games.


FOLLOWING 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 2010 Oregon State softball schedule.


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.


GAME 21: BOISE STATE BRONCOS (3-11)Friday, Mar. 12 (1:00 p.m.): Oregon State will face Boise State for the first time in school history on Friday.


Boise State is coming off of a 1-4 weekend at the Texas Tech Tournament, defeating Wichita State, 4-3, for its only win. The Broncos’ other two wins are over UC Riverside and San Diego. Freshman Vanessa Alvarez and sophomore Kellie Calplan both are hitting identical .318 with 7-for-22 with four runs. Alvarez has three doubles and one home run, walking seven times, while Calplan has a home run. In the circle, sophomore pitcher Allie Crump  has thrown the most with 35.1 innings of work on nine appearances, three complete games, posting a 2-7 record. As a staff, the Broncos are showing a 5.99 ERA. Erin Thorpe is in her second season as head coach of Boise State, and the Broncos are 0-6 on the road this season. Boise State will take on North Dakota on Friday at 10:30 a.m. before the Beavers at 1:00 p.m.


GAME 22 & 23: NORTH DAKOTA FIGHTING SIOUX (3-10)Friday, Mar. 12 & Saturday, Mar. 13 (3:00 p.m. & 10:00 a.m.): Oregon State will face North Dakota for the first time in school history on Friday.


North Dakota is currently on a three-game skid after going 1-3 at the Tulsa Embassy Suites Festival, defeating Tulsa, 2-1, in eight innings before falling to Nebraska twice and the Golden Hurricane to wrap up play. The Fighting Sioux have defeated Houston Baptist and Dayton for their other two wins. Redshirt senior Casie Hanson paces the offense with a .410 batting average, tallying 16 hits on 39 at bats with 14 runs. She has two triples and four home runs, adding eight RBI. Leading the pitchers, who have a combined 7.08 ERA, freshman Emma Gronseth posts a 7.28 ERA, earning all three wins with a 3-4 overall record, with one complete game shutouts. Gronseth has thrown 38.1 innings with 25 strikeouts on nine appearances. Head coach Sami Strinz is in her third season, and North Dakota is 1-4 on the road this season. The Fighting Sioux and Boise State will face on Friday at 10:30 a.m. before the Beavers take them on at 3:00 p.m.


LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEKOregon State went 3-1 at the CSUF DiMarini Invitational, defeating UC Davis (5-3), Pacific (7-2) and Loyola Marymount (5-3) and was winning 4-2 before the game against Cal State Fullerton was suspended in the bottom of the fourth on Sunday.


Freshman Lea Cavestany hit .571 through the four complete games and is currently on a career long five game hitting streak. She had eight hits, including two doubles and a home run, on 14 at bats, three stolen bases and three multi-hit games. Cavestany led all hitters at the tournament with


BRENNER BOMBS ­— Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner already has seven home runs on the season, 19 games into the season.. 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.


CONFERENCE RECOGNITION Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the opening week of February 8-14 after her stellar performance at the Kajikawa Classic, hitting .500 (8-for-16) with six home runs, 16 RBI and 1.625 slugging percentage, while being perfect in the field. The award is Brenner’s first, Oregon State’s 34th.


EVERYDAY CHAMPIONS Senior catcher Tarah Black was the first Everyday Champion for softball for the 2009-10 academic year. Black is an exercise and sport science major from Portland, Ore., that never really planned on going to school in Oregon until visiting the Oregon State campus and meeting the team. She has played a number of positions during her time at Oregon State other than just catcher.


season openersOregon 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 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.


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 beaversThe Beavers head to San Diego for Spring Break to face Long Beach State and No. 25 UMass on Saturday before UIC and San Diego on Sunday and host San Diego State on Monday.

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