Softball Hosts No. 7 Arizona State for Senior Weekend

May 5, 2010

LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State softball team (22-27, 2-13 Pac-10) hosts the No. 7 Arizona State Sun Devils (39-11, 8-7 Pac-10) in its final weekend at home this season. The three-game series starts on Friday at 3:00 p.m., continues on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Following Sunday’s game the five Oregon State seniors (Tarah Black, Dani Chisholm, Kelly Dyer, Alana Ford and Katelyn Miller) will be honored for Senior Day. And as always, Saturday will be Autograph Day.


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 50-52: NO. 7 ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (39-11, 8-7 PAC-10) — Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9 (3:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m., 11:00 a.m.): Oregon State is 27-66 all-time against Arizona State, 22-32 under head coach Kirk Walker. The Beavers took the series finale from the Sun Devils last season, winning 5-4 on Paige Lowe’s walk-off home run.


Arizona State has taken the series from its last two opponents in Stanford and Oregon after being swept by California at home. Sophomore Katelyn Boyd paces the Sun Devil offense with a .443 batting average with 62 hits, including nine doubles, a triple and 15 home runs. In conference play, Boyd is batting .405 with 17 hits, eight runs and nine RBI, adding a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases. In the circle, sophomore Hilary Bach posts a 2.00 ERA and 21-4 overall record with the three pitchers showing 2.91 on the season. Bach has 107 strikeouts on 161.0 innings pitched with eight complete game shutouts and two combined. She adds two saves, while holding opponents to a .230 batting average. In Pac-10 play, Bach still leads the pitchers with a 3.20 ERA and 6-3 record on 61.1 innings pitched. Defensively, the Sun Devils lead the conference for most double plays with 26 on the season and tie the Beavers with eight in conference play. Clint Myers is in his fifth season as head coach of Arizona State. The Sun Devils are 31-8 at home this season, 3-6 in conference play.


LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK — Oregon State was unable to pick up a win at No. 1 Washington, falling in the three-game series, despite a close 1-0 decision on Sunday.


Sophomore Ashley Sanchez had the best outing offensively with three hits, earning the team’s only multi-hit game on Sunday. Junior McKenna Lowe was close behind with a pair of hits.


Freshman Marina Demore struck out a team season-high 13 batters, matching Washington pitcher, Danielle Lawrie, and scattering three hits in her first career complete game.


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 (46), games started (31) 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 with eight.


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 two categories — doubles per game and double plays per game. The Beavers are 49th for doubles per game (1.39) and 37th for double plays per game (0.37). Individually, junior Audrey Roderfeld is 45th for total home runs (13.0). Sophomore Paige Hall is 45th for walks per game (0.67).


ASSISTING DOUBLE VISION — The Beavers led the conference for most of the season for the most doubles, now are third with 68 so far on the season. Oregon State also leads the Pac-10 in assists with 448, led by conference leading assist maker sophomore Nikki Chandler with 129, well out in front of second place.


RODERFELD RBI — Junior Audrey Roderfeld has 42 RBI through 49 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 43 total hits, including 12 doubles and 13 home runs for a .321 batting average. She had 140 total at bats and has added 12 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 .362 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.


Junior McKenna Lowe is the final softball Everyday Champion for the 2009-10 year. She is a three-year starter in the outfield and as a freshman went on a 12-game hitting streak. Lowe is a business major and comes from a family of successful softball players. Her older sister, Caitlin, was an All-American at Arizona and is on the U.S. National Team, while other older sister, Paige, lettered four years for Oregon State and currently plays on the PFX Tour.


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 finish the season at No. 13 California. The three-game series begins on Thursday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m.


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