Softball to Host No. 8 Stanford Cardinal
April 7, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (20-16, 1-2 Pac-10) continues its Pac-10 homestand by hosting the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal (28-5, 2-1 Pac-10). The three-game series begins on Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex. Saturday’s game will begin at 12:00 p.m. and Sunday’s game will start at 11:00 a.m. Admission is free to all Oregon State softball games this season.
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 37-39: NO. 8 STANFORD (X) — Friday, Apr. 9-Sunday, Apr. 11 (3:00 p.m., 11:00 & 11:00 a.m.): Oregon State is 24-36 all-time against Stanford, 12-35 under Walker. The Cardinal has won the last six meetings.
Stanford opened up conference play taking the first two games off of rival, No. 14 California, at home. The Cardinal racked up 17 total hits on the weekend before defeating UC Davis at home, 17-0, in five innings. Senior outfielder Alissa Haber leads the Cardinal at the plate with a .481 batting average, good for second in the conference, .455 in conference play, good for . She has racked up a conference leading 50 hits, including 11 doubles, two triples and five home runs, and has scored 38 runs with 25 RBI. In the field, she’s errorless with 46 putouts and has stolen 13 bases on 14 attempts. In the circle, freshman Teagan Gerhart has emerged as the team’s No. 1 pitcher with a 20-4 overall record, leading the conference in most wins. Gerhart boasts a 1.35 ERA with 16 complete games with 10 of those being complete game shutouts, while helping with another four combined game shutouts on 166.0 innings pitched to lead the Pac-10. She has 155 strikeouts and holds opponents to a .169 batting average. John Rittman is in his 14th season as head coach of the Cardinal. Stanford is 3-1 on the road this season, falling only at Hawai’i its opening weekend.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK — Oregon State went 1-2 against No. 21 Oregon in the conference opening series at the OSU Softball Complex. The Beavers fell in game one, 8-3, before winning 7-6, but were unable to overcome a late Oregon rally in the third game to take the series, falling 6-5.
Freshman Maggie Doremus hit .500 to lead the Beavers at the plate, going 4-for-8 with three runs. Her conference-only batting average is tied for fourth this week. Junior Audrey Roderfeld hit her second career grand slam in the second game, earning all of her RBI in that one swing. She is tied for second in conference-only stats for slugging percentage, boasting a 1.000 mark. In the first game of the series, Roderfeld went a perfect 2-for-2 with two doubles, tying the school record for most doubles in a single game and boosting her doubles total for the season to 11.
ODDS AND ENDS — Oregon State’s longest winning streak this season is six that it has reached twice.
Sophomore Paige Hall leads the conference in appearances (34), games started (24) and games finished (10).
NO PLACE LIKE HOME — The Beavers are 9-2 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 team’s win over Oregon gave the Beavers nine wins at home this season.
THE NATION NOTICES — As 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 58 so far on the season, edging out Stanford with 57. Oregon State also leads the Pac-10 in assists with 366, led by conference leading assist maker sophomore Nikki Chandler with 112, well out in front of second place.
RODERFELD RBI — Junior Audrey Roderfeld has 40 RBI through 36 games to lead the Beavers. She is currently seventh all-time for most RBI in a single season, only eight away from tying the school record. She’s batted in those runs on 37 total hits, including 11 doubles and 11 home runs for a .343 batting average. She had 108 total at bats and has added 10 walks and reached five times on hit by pitch. Last season, Roderfeld finished the season with 37 RBI and is currently ninth all-time for career RBI with 106. Overall Roderfeld is sixth all-time on the career home runs list with 32, only two away from tying for fourth all-time.
LEAD OFF LEA — Freshman Lea Cavestany has worked her way into the line up as the lead off batter, leading the team with a .398 batting average and good for eighth best in the conference this week. Cavestany has also already broken into the record books, tying the school record for most triples in a game with two against Seattle and most stolen bases in a single season with 12.
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 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 the No. 4 UCLA Bruins in a three-game series at the OSU Softball Complex beginning on Friday at 3:00 p.m.
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