Softball to Host Three Doubleheaders before Start of Conference Play
March 24, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (13-14) hosts Seattle, Idaho State and Portland State in doubleheaders from Friday through Sunday. The Beavers will take on the Seattle Redhawks (2-17) on Friday, the Idaho State Bengals (4-13) on Saturday and the Portland State Vikings (10-17) on Sunday, all beginning at 12:00 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex.
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.
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 28 & 29: SEATTLE REDHAWKS (2-17) — Friday, Mar. 26 (12:00 & 2:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 2-0 all-time against the Redhawks. The Beavers defeated Seattle last season in a doubleheader at the OSU Softball Complex in identical 8-0 decisions in five innings.
Seattle is coming off of a 1-3 weekend at the Husky Softball Classic, hosted by the University of Washington. The Redhawks defeated Portland State, but fell to Washington twice and Miami (Ohio). Senior outfielder Katie Antich leads the Seattle offense with a .345 batting average with 19 hits, including three doubles and a triple, adding 11 runs and a pair of RBI and stolen bases. In the circle, sophomore Hannah Klein has a 1-4 record with a 4.00 ERA on 42. 0 innings pitched. Klein has fanned 12, while batters are hitting .319 against her this season. Dan Powers is in his sixth season at the helm of the Seattle program. The Redhawks are 1-8 on the road this season and will face Oregon on Thursday in a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.
GAMES 30 & 31: IDAHO STATE BENGALS (4-13) — Saturday, Mar. 27 (12:00 & 2:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 8-0 all-time against Idaho State, 4-0 under Kirk Walker. The two teams last met on March 21 and 22 in 2008, winning 6-0 and 9-3.
Idaho State hasn’t played since March 14, falling at Long Beach State. Prior to that, the Bengals went 1-3 at the Amy S. Harrison Classic, hosted by UC Riverside. Pacing the Bengals’ offense is freshman outfielder Desirae Hoffman, who is batting .400 so far on the season with 20 hits, seven runs and one RBI. Redshirt junior Kandis Clesson boasts a 3.55 ERA with a 3-9 record in the circle. She has thrown 75.0 innings with 52 strikeouts, holding opponents to a .289 batting average. Former Oregon State softball player Shelly Prochaska is acting as the interim head coach and is in her second year with the Idaho State program. The Bengals are 2-6 on the road this season and will face Oregon on Friday in a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.
GAMES 32 & 33: PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS (10-17) — Sunday, Mar. 28 (12:00 & 2:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 78-31-1 all-time against Portland State, 39-9 under Kirk Walker. The Beavers won all four meetings last season. Senior Brandi Scoggins leads the Vikings at the plate with a .346 batting average with 28 hits, including five doubles and a triple, adding seven runs and 10 RBI. Freshman Anna Bertrand posts a 7-5 record in the circle with a 1.91 ERA on 73.1 innings pitched. She has one complete game shutout and two combined with 92 strikeouts, holding opponents to a .203 batting average. Tobin Echo-Hawk is in her second season as the head coach of the Vikings. Portland State dropped a pair of games in a doubleheader at home against No. 25 Oregon on Tuesday evening after going 3-1 at the Springhill Suites Classic, hosted by Boise State.
Portland State is 3-4 on the road this season and will host No. 1 Washington in a doubleheader on Saturday before facing the Beavers beginning at 1:00 p.m.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK — Oregon State went 2-3 at the San Diego Classic II, defeating UIC and San Diego, and adding another win over Cal State Fullerton in the suspended game from Sunday, Mar. 7.
Freshman Lea Cavestany hit .526 with 10 hits on 19 at bats, including three doubles and a home run, scoring five runs and racking up nine RBI. Cavestany walked four times and tallied a couple of stolen bases. Against UIC, freshman Ally Kutz tied the school record for most hits in a single game with four, nearly batting the cycle with a pair of singles, a triple and a home run. And junior Audrey Roderfeld hit three home runs and two doubles for eight RBI and four runs.
In the circle, sophomore Paige Hall struck out 30 batters in 31.0 innings of work, going 2-2 on six appearances, four complete games.
RODERFELD RBI — Junior Audrey Roderfeld has 30 RBI through 27 games to lead the Beavers. She’s batted in those runs on 29 total hits, including nine doubles and nine home runs for a .349 batting average. She had 83 total at bats and has added six walks and reached four times on hit by pitch. Last season, Roderfeld finished the season with 37 RBI and is currently 10th all-time for career RBI. Overall Roderfeld is sixth all-time on the career home runs list with 30, only four away from tying for fourth all-time.
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 open up conference play by hosting the No. 25 Oregon Ducks. The three-game series begins on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Friday’s game will begin at 3:00 p.m., and Saturday’s game will start at 12:00 p.m.
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