Softball to Travel to Portland State, No. 3 Arizona

April 20, 2010

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LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (21-21, 2-7 Pac-10) will take on non-conference opponent, the Portland State Vikings (16-23) on Wednesday before taking off on its first conference road trip to Tucson to face the No. 3 Arizona Wildcats (35-7, 5-4 Pac-10) in a three-game series. Friday’s game will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised via tape delay by FSN on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. in the Corvallis area. Saturday’s game will also begin at 7:00 p.m., while Sunday’s game will start at 12:00 p.m.


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 43: PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS (16-23) — Wednesday, Apr. 21 (6:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 80-31-1 all-time against the Vikings, 41-9 under head coach Kirk Walker. The Beavers have won the last six meetings against Portland State, including 4-0 and 9-0 (six innings) earlier this season at home.


Portland State has won six of its last eight games, splitting the four-game series last weekend at Utah Valley. Senior Brandi Scoggins leads all batters with a .336 batting average with 39 hits on the season, including nine doubles and two triples. Scoggins has 12 RBI and nine runs scored, while successfully stealing a pair of bases on two tries. Junior Nichole Latham is the reigning Pacific Coast Softball Conference Mountain Division Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA and nine strikeouts last weekend. Overall on the season, Latham has a 3.50 ERA with a 4-5 record. She has 37 strikeouts on 72.0 innings pitched and holds opponents to a .287 batting average. Freshman Anna Bertrand won the same honor the week prior and currently posts a 1.85 season ERA with a 9-9 record. She has 140 strikeouts on 113.1 innings pitched, while holding opponents to a .208 batting average. Head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk is in her second season, and the Vikings are 4-4 at home at Erv Lind Stadium this season.


GAMES 44-46: NO. 3 ARIZONA WILDCATS (35-7, 5-4 PAC-10) — Friday, Apr. 23 - Sunday, Apr. 25 (7:00, 7:00, 12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 10-81 all-time against Arizona, 6-47 under head coach Kirk Walker. The Wildcats have won the last 11 straight.


Arizona is currently riding a three-game winning streak after sweeping Stanford last weekend. The wins stopped a three-game skid in Seattle against Washington. At the plate, the Wildcats are led by conference play leading junior Stacie Chambers, who is batting .500 with 13 hits, including three doubles and four home runs, adding eight runs and 12 RBI. Chambers’ play last weekend against the Cardinal earned her Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Overall, junior Lauren Schutzler has a .432 batting average to lead Arizona on the season, while freshman Brigette Del Ponte leads the home run race with 17 on the season with a .369 batting average. In the circle, freshman Kenzie Fowler, the reigning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week and USA Softball Player of the Week, has a 3.09 ERA in conference play with a 5-3 record. She has 44 strikeouts on 43.0 innings pitched and holds opponents to a .222 batting average. Overall on the season, Fowler posts a 1.31 ERA with a 24-5 record. She has racked up 11 complete game shutouts, 224 strikeouts and opponents are held to a .146 batting average. Mike Candrea is in his 25th season as head coach of the Wildcats. Arizona is 16-1 at home at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium.


LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK — Oregon State threatened but was unable to come up with a win against No. 7 UCLA last weekend, falling 0-12 (five innings), 2-4 and 6-10 over the three-game series.


Freshman Ally Kutz led all Beaver batters with a .444 batting average, going 4-for-9 with a run. Freshman Maggie Doremus tied the school record for most doubles in a single game for the second straight weekend with two in Sunday’s game. Senior Kelly Dyer recorded her second hit of the season with a two-RBI double in Sunday’s game. And junior McKenna Lowe collected her second triple of the season.


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 (40), games in relief (14) and games finished (12).


After setting the school record last season for double plays with 32, the Beavers have 16 thus far this season. Overall, the team is second to Arizona State but lead all teams in conference play.


NO PLACE LIKE HOME — The Beavers are 10-7 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 and the Sunday win over Stanford was the 10th.


THE NATION NOTICES — As a team, Oregon State is ranked in the top 50 for five categories — batting average, home runs per game, doubles per game, slugging percentage and double plays per game. The Beavers are 50th for batting average (.295), 42nd for home runs per game (0.93), 30th for doubles per game (1.53), 30th for slugging percentage (.478) and 43rd for double plays per game (0.37). Individually, junior Audrey Roderfeld is 34th for home runs per game (0.31), 23rd for total home runs (13.0), 46th for slugging percentage (.738) and 36th for RBI (1.0). Sophomore Paige Hall is 47th for walks per game (0.68) and 42nd for shutouts (5.0).


ASSISTING DOUBLE VISION — The Beavers lead the conference for the most doubles with 66 so far on the season, edging out Stanford with 65. Oregon State also leads the Pac-10 in assists with 410, led by conference leading assist maker sophomore Nikki Chandler with 121, well out in front of second place.


RODERFELD RBI — Junior Audrey Roderfeld has 42 RBI through 42 games to lead the Beavers. She is currently seventh all-time for most RBI in a single season, only six away from tying the school record. She’s batted in those runs on 42 total hits, including 12 doubles and 13 home runs for a .333 batting average. She had 126 total at bats and has added 10 walks and reached six times on hit by pitch. Last season, Roderfeld finished the season with 37 RBI and is currently ninth all-time for career RBI with 108. Overall Roderfeld is tied for fourth sixth all-time on the career home runs list with 34, only one away from tying for third all-time, and she is tied for third all-time for most home runs in a single season with 13, tying her record last season.


LEAD OFF LEA — Freshman Lea Cavestany has worked her way into the line up as the lead off batter, leading the team with a .387 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 tying the record for sixth most stolen bases in a single season with 13.


DOREMUS DOUBLES — Freshman Maggie Doremus’ bat has come alive in conference play, hitting five of her seven season doubles against Pac-10 opponents to tie for the most in conference only play. Doremus tied the school record for most doubles in a single game with two twice this season in back-to-back weekends against Stanford and UCLA. And her .375 conference batting average leads the team and is good to tie for seventh in the conference.


BRENNER BOMBS — Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner 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 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 stay on the road and head to Seattle for a three-game series against No. 1 Washington beginning on Friday at 6:00 p.m.


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