Softball Opens Pac-10 Play Hosting No. 21 Oregon

March 31, 2010

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LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (19-14) opens Pac-10 play on Thursday against the No. 21 Oregon Ducks (24-5). The two teams will play a three-game series with Thursday and Friday’s games beginning at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday’s first pitch scheduled for 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 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 34-36: NO. 21 OREGON DUCKS (24-5)Thursday, Apr. 1-Saturday, Apr. 3 (3:00, 3:00 & 12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 80-79-1 all-time against Oregon, 32-20-1 under head coach Kirk Walker. The Beavers have won the last two series.


Oregon is riding an 11-game winning streak going into this weekend’s series. Two Oregon hitters are batting over .400, led by freshman outfielder Sam Pappas, who is hitting .488 with 41 hits, including seven doubles and nine home runs, adding 22 runs and 30 RBI. Freshman outfielder Allie Burger is close behind with a .459 batting average with 34 hits, including three doubles and a triple, adding 20 runs and 17 RBI. In the circle, freshman Jessica Moore has a 10-2 record, throwing most of the innings with 89.0 tossed. Moore boasts a 0.94 ERA with four shutouts and two saves, striking out 127 and allowing just 12 earned runs. Pappas and Moore are the reigning Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the Week. Head coach Mike White is in his first season. The Ducks are 2-1 on the road so far this season.


LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEKOregon State went a perfect 6-0 last weekend, defeating Seattle (6-0 (5), 5-3), Idaho State (8-0 (5), 12-2 (6)) and Portland State (4-0, 9-0 (6)).


Freshman Lea Cavestany became the fourth player in school history to hit two triples in one game, belting her pair against Seattle on Friday. Overall she hit .467 with seven runs, 10 hits and 11 RBI. Senior Dani Chisholm led all hitters with a .563 batting average, hitting her second and third career home runs with nine hits, seven runs and a triple.


Sophomore Paige Hall threw four complete game shutouts to make her season total five, including throwing two against Portland State on Sunday. She struck out 29 batters and went 4-0.


ODDS AND ENDSOregon State is currently on a six-game winning streak, tying the longest thus far on the season.


Sophomore Paige Hall leads the conference in innings pitched (151.0), appearances (31), games started (23) and games finished (8).


NO PLACE LIKE HOME ­— The Beavers are 8-0 at home after defeating Boise State and North Dakota in their home opening tournament before sweeping all three doubleheaders over Seattle, Idaho State and Portland State.


THE NATION NOTICESAs a team, Oregon State is ranked in the top 50 for six categories — batting average, fielding percentage, scoring, home runs per game, doubles per game and slugging percentage. The Beavers are 34th for batting average (.309), 42nd for fielding percentage (.968), 46th for scoring (5.38), 36th for home runs per game (.97), 26th for doubles per game (1.56) and 25th for slugging percentage (.496). Individually, junior Audrey Roderfeld is 43rd for home runs per game (0.3), 19th for total home runs (10.0) and 30th for RBI (1.09). Sophomore Paige Hall is 33rd for victories (13.0), 21st for shutouts (5.0) and 44th for strikeouts (128.0).


ASSISTING DOUBLE VISION — The Beavers lead the conference for the most doubles with 53 so far on the season, edging out Stanford with 51. Oregon State also leads the Pac-10 in assists with 338, led by conference leading assist maker sophomore Nikki Chandler with 108, well out in front of second place.


RODERFELD RBI — Junior Audrey Roderfeld has 36 RBI through 33 games to lead the Beavers. She’s batted in those runs on 34 total hits, including nine doubles and 10 home runs for a .340 batting average. She had 100 total at bats and has added eight walks and reached four times on hit by pitch. Last season, Roderfeld finished the season with 37 RBI and is currently ninth all-time for career RBI with 102. Overall Roderfeld is sixth all-time on the career home runs list with 31, only three away from tying for fourth all-time.


BRENNER BOMBS ­— Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner already has seven home runs on 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.


YOUTHFUL LINEUP — The current Oregon State lineup consists of mainly sophomores and freshmen with only up to four upperclassmen in the lineup at any one time. Sophomore Paige Hall has emerged as the go-to pitcher, sophomore Nikki Chandler is the starting shortstop, sophomore Mary Claire Brenner is the starting right fielder, freshman Maggie Doremus is the starting second baseman, freshman Ally Kutz is the starting first baseman and freshman Lea Cavestany is the starting third baseman. Junior Audrey Roderfeld and senior Tarah Black share time behind the plate, senior Dani Chisholm is in center field and junior McKenna Lowe is in left field. The team has seven upperclassmen (five seniors, two juniors) and 11 underclassmen (six sophomores and five freshmen) currently competing.


WATCH ME ON TV — The Oregon State softball game at Arizona on Friday, Apr. 23 will be televised via tape delay on FSN. The game will be played at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. Check back for the list of replays.


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.


Senior outfielder Dani Chisholm is the next Everyday Champion for softball for the 2009-10 academic year. She’s been a contributor since she walked onto campus as a freshman in 2007, helping the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance. A psychology major, Chisholm plans on going to graduate school next fall.


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 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 BEAVERSThe Beavers host the No. 9 Stanford Cardinal for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 3:00 p.m.


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