Softball to Take on Top-Ranked Washington

April 28, 2010

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LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (22-24, 2-10 Pac-10) faces its fourth straight top 10 opponent as it heads to Seattle to take on the No. 1 Washington Huskies (37-5, 9-3 Pac-10) in a three-game series. Friday’s game begins at 6:00 p.m., Saturday’s at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday’s at 12:00 p.m. All three games will be streamed live on for a fee, and Saturday and Sunday’s games will air live on UWTV in the Seattle area.


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 47-49: NO. 1 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (37-5, 9-3 PAC-10) — Friday, Apr. 23 - Sunday, Apr. 25 (7:00, 7:00, 12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 15-43 all-time against Washington, 15-36 under Walker. Washington has won the last three, but the Beavers won the series in 2008.


Washington has dropped three conference games this season, including one each of the last two weekends, but won every series over the four weekends. Sophomore Kimi Pohlman leads the Huskies at the plate with a .378 batting average on the season with 54 hits, including six doubles, four triples and a home run, adding 33 runs and eight RBI. In conference play, Pohlman is batting .415 with a Pac-10 leading 17 hits. Senior Danielle Lawrie is leading the home run race for the team with 11 on the season and 43 RBI. Lawrie also is the team’s ace in the circle, posting a 1.02 ERA with a 27-2 record. She has 16 complete game shutouts and has struck out 327 batters in a conference leading 199.1 innings of work, while holding batters to a .149 average. In Pac-10 play, Lawrie has a 1.09 ERA and a 9-2 record with 132 strikeouts on 77.1 innings pitched. While Washington doesn’t lead the Pac-10 in conference play only in any offensive categories, the Huskies lead in nearly all pitching categories and boast the highest fielding percentage. Heather Tarr is in her sixth season as head coach of the Washington program. The Huskies are 10-1 at home this season, 5-1 in conference play.


LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK — Oregon State went 0-3 at No. 3 Arizona after winning a mid-week contest at Portland State, 2-1.


Sophomore Ashley Sanchez batted in the go-ahead run on her two-RBI double down the left line against the Vikings. Sophomore Paige Hall threw a two-hitter at Portland State, striking out four, to earn her 16th win of the season. Freshman Lea Cavestany earned a pair of hits in Tucson to lead the team.


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 (44), games started (30), games in relief (14) and games finished (12).


After setting the school record last season for double plays with 32, the Beavers have 18 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 three categories — doubles per game, slugging percentage and double plays per game. The Beavers are 46th for doubles per game (1.43), 43rd for slugging percentage (.461) and 32nd for double plays per game (0.38). Individually, junior Audrey Roderfeld is 47th for home runs per game (0.28), 36th for total home runs (13.0). Sophomore Paige Hall is 42nd for walks per game (0.69).


ASSISTING DOUBLE VISION — The Beavers led the conference for most of the season for the most doubles, now tied for second with 67 so far on the season. Oregon State also leads the Pac-10 in assists with 436, led by conference leading assist maker sophomore Nikki Chandler with 126, well out in front of second place.


RODERFELD RBI — Junior Audrey Roderfeld has 42 RBI through 46 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 .321 batting average. She had 134 total at bats and has added 11 walks and reached seven 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 .373 batting average. 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 second 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.


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 was televised via tape delay on FSN. The game was played at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium at 7:00 p.m.


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 host their final three-game series at home against No. 7 Arizona State beginning on Friday at 3:00 p.m.


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