Softball to Compete in San Diego Classic II; Finish Suspended Game
March 17, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (10-11) begins Spring Break at the San Diego Classic II followed by completing the suspended game at Cal State Fullerton from Sunday, Mar. 7, on Tuesday evening at approximately 8:00 p.m. The Beavers face the Long Beach State 49ers (10-12) and the UMass Minutewomen (11-4) first on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, the team takes on the UIC Flames (6-13) and the San Diego Toreros (5-13) at 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. Oregon State wraps up the tournament against the San Diego State Aztecs (15-8) on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.
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.
Free radio broadcasts are available for the Beavers’ games against UMass on Saturday (http://sportsjuice.com/broadcaster2.aspx?bid=MjQ%3d-9fRnZRDu36A%3d) and at San Diego State on Monday (http://goaztecs.cstv.com/library/live-softball.html).
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 23: LONG BEACH STATE 49ERS (10-12) — Saturday, Mar. 20 (11:30 a.m.): Oregon State is 4-4 all-time against Long Beach State, 4-1 under Walker. The two teams last met on March 13, 2004 with the Beavers winning 5-0.
Long Beach State is coming off of a bye weekend after going 4-1 at home in the Long Beach State Invite, falling only to Notre Dame, but defeating Purdue, Buffalo, Idaho State and San Diego. Junior infielder Liz Javier leads the team at the plate this season, marking the only player who has substantially played that has a .300-plus batting average, posting .348 with seven runs and 16 hits, including a home run and five RBI. Sophomore Taylor Petty has thrown most of the work for the pitchers. Petty boasts a 2.36 ERA with a 4-7 record on 77.0 innings of work, fanning 66. Junior Brooke Turner has a 5-4 record on 47.0 innings with 55 strikeouts. Kim Sowder is in her fourth season as head coach of Long Beach State. The 49ers are 6-11 at neutral sites, and they will face Texas A&M and Harvard before the Beavers.
GAME 24: NO. 25 UMASS MINUTEWOMEN (11-4) — Saturday, Mar. 20 (4:30 p.m.): Oregon State is 1-1 all-time against UMass. The Beavers won the last meeting on February 9, 2007, 3-1.
UMass was idle last weekend after going a perfect 5-0 at the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., defeating Chattanooga, Loyola-Chicago, Virginia Tech, South Florida and Robert Morris. Two hitters are boasting averages above .400. Sophomore outfielder Katie Bettencourt is hitting .425 with 17 hits, including three doubles and a home run, adding seven runs and five RBI. Sophomore Kyllie Magill is close behind with a .420 average with 21 hits, including two doubles, one triple and two home runs, adding four stolen bases, 15 runs and seven RBI. In the circle, sophomore Sara Plourde has thrown the majority of innings with 79.2 innings of work, boasting a 1.58 ERA with a 10-2 record. Four of those wins were complete game shutouts with 140 total strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .183 batting average. Elaine Sortino is in her 31st season as head coach of the Minutewomen. UMass is 9-4 at neutral sites this season and will face Kansas, San Diego State, UIC, San Diego and Texas A&M before the Beavers.
GAME 25: uic flames (6-13) — Sunday, Mar. 21 (9:00 a.m.): Oregon State is 5-0 all-time against UIC. The two teams last met on February 25, 2006 with the Beavers taking the 5-3 win.
The Flames finished their weekend 2-3 at the Wildcat Invite, hosted by Arizona. UIC defeated Northern Colorado and Creighton, both by three-run margins. Sophomore infielder Shannon Kehr paces the Flames’ offense with a .346 batting average with a team-high eight runs and 18 hits, including one double, one triple and five home runs. Two other players boast .300-plus batting averages. In the circle, freshman Devin Miller posts the best ERA (2.58) with a 2-6 overall record. She has 43 strikeouts on 54.1 innings pitched, holding opponents to a .265 batting average. Sophomore Ashley Hewett has a 3-7 record with a 3.46 ERA on 60.2 innings of work with 45 strikeouts. Michelle Venturella is in her second season as head coach of the Flames. UIC is 6-11 this season at neutral sites, and it will face UMass, San Diego, Texas A&M and Kansas before the Beavers.
GAME 26: SAN DIEGO TOREROS (5-13) — Sunday, Mar. 21 (11:30 a.m.): Oregon State is 8-2 all-time against San Diego, 6-2 under Walker. The two teams last met on March 9, 2006 with the Beavers winning 7-1.
San Diego is currently on a four-game losing streak after competing in the Long Beach State Tournament, picking up its lone win over Notre Dame. Senior pitcher Jennifer Ellenbeck leads the Toreros at the plate with a .432 batting average with a team-leading 19 hits, including two doubles and two home runs, adding a team-high 11 runs and 10 RBI. In the circle, Ellenbeck also leads the team in ERA (5.35), named the pitcher of record in eight of the team’s games with a 4-4 record. She has one complete game shutout on 55.0 innings pitched on 11 appearances, striking out 37. Melissa McElvain is in her ninth season as head coach of the San Diego program. The Toreros play North Dakota in a doubleheader on Wednesday evening before the tournament. San Diego is 3-2 at home this season and will take on Harvard, UMass, UIC and Kansas before the Beavers in the tournament.
GAME 27: SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS (15-8) — Monday, Mar. 22 (6:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 10-10 all-time against San Diego State, 5-7 under Walker. The two teams last met in the 2007 season opener with the Aztecs winning 1-0.
San Diego State is currently riding a seven game winning streak going into this weekend, upsetting a pair of top 25 opponents in No. 22 Fresno State and No. 21 Illinois most recently. Sophomore Justeen Maeva leads the Aztec offense with a .400 batting average with a team-high 22 hits, including three doubles and three home runs, adding 17 RBI. In the circle, junior Samantha Beasley has been dominating with a 0.84 ERA on 91.1 innings pitched with an 11-5 overall record. She has four complete game shutouts and three combined, striking out 138 and holding opponents to a .164 batting average. Sophomore Bailey Micetich has been sharing work in the circle with a 2-3 record and 3.08 ERA of 47.2 innings of work with 42 strikeouts. Kathy Van Wyk is in her 14th season as head coach of the Aztecs. The team is 7-3 at home and will face UMass, Kansas, Harvard and Texas A&M before the Beavers.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK — Oregon State went 2-0 in the Cascade Clash, defeating Boise State, 4-0, on Friday before a 11-3 win over North Dakota in five innings.
Freshman Lea Cavestany hit .800 on the weekend, going 4-for-5 to lead the team in batting average. Sophomore pitcher Paige Hall earned her first complete game shutout, adding a two-run homer on Friday, while picking up her seventh win of the season. Junior Audrey Roderfeld hit her sixth home run of the season against North Dakota, leading the team with four RBI in that game alone.
BRENNER BOMBS — Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner already has seven home runs on the season, 21 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 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.
2009 REVIEW — 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 host three doubleheaders beginning with Seattle on Friday, Idaho State on Saturday and Portland State on Sunday. All three doubleheaders begin at 12:00 p.m.
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