Oregon State Hosts California to Open Pac-12 Play
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State softball team will host California for a four-game series this weekend to open conference play.
Note: For all Pac-12 series, three of the four games will be included in the conference record. If all four games are played, the second game in the doubleheader will count as a non-conference game.
Oregon State vs California
SITE: Kelly Field at the OSU Softball Complex - Corvallis, Ore.
RECORD: Oregon State 10-6, 0-0 Pac-12; California 10-4, 0-0 Pac-12
SERIES RECORD: California lead, 85-42
DATE: Friday, March 19
TIME: 5:00 PM PT
DATE: Saturday, March 20
TIME: 1:00 PM PT
DATE: Saturday, March 20
TIME: 3:00 PM PT
DATE: Sunday, March 21
TIME: 11:00 AM PT
*records as of 3/15/21
Oregon State notes | California notes
ABOUT THE BEAVERS
• Oregon State opened the season with five straight wins before they earned a 1-2 record in its second weekend of play, a 2-3 record in Colorado (Mar. 5-7), and a 2-1 record in Oregon (Mar. 12-13).
• The Beavers won all four of their games at the Easton Invitational (Feb. 12-13) with their final win coming against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 15.
• Sophomore Frankie Hammoude leads the team with a .380 batting average and a .780 slugging average while junior Missy Nunes follows with a .375 batting average and a .750 slugging average.
• Sophomore Frankie Hammoude, Nunes, and junior Mariah Mazon have combined for about half of the team's RBI, over two-thirds of the team's home runs, and 43 percent of the Beavers' hits.
• Hammoude leads with 16 RBI while Nunes and Mazon are tied at 12; Hammoude has six home runs with Nunes (5) and Mazon (3) following; and Hammoude (18), Nunes (18), and Mazon (18) lead the team in hits.
• In the field, Hammoude leads with 90 putouts while Messmer leads with 20 assists.
• Gin, Hammoude, and junior Burden have each played for multiple double-plays. Gin has played for four with Hammoude and Burden compiling two.
ON THE MOUND
• Junior Mariah Mazon has won seven games for the Beavers while senior Trystan Melancon has tallied two wins and senior Nerissa Eason has won one game.
• Earning the team's first shutout of the season, Mazon also pitched her first no-hitter of the season against Utah State (2/13) before she pitched a perfect game in the Beavers' first game at home (3/12).
• In 61.0 innings pitched, Mazon has notched 77 strikeouts from 224 batters for a 1.61 ERA.
• Melancon follows with 26 strikeouts in 18.0 innings pitched.
• Eason owns a 1.94 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 18.0 innings pitched.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
• The Beavers hosted their first game since 2019 to open the newly named Kelly Field on Friday, March 12.
• Sacramento State visited for a double header on Friday before OSU headed to Eugene for a non-conference game against the Ducks.
• In both games against the Hornets, Oregon State won 8-0 in six innings.
• In game one, OSU took a 2-0 lead when sophomore Frankie Hammoude hit her fifth home run of the season. Freshman Madison Simon and sophomore Maia Rader finished the victory with three RBI each. Junior Mariah Mazon pitched a perfect game to open the home slate in Corvallis.
• During game two, the Hornets were able to get on base but senior Trystan Melancon pitched for her first no-hitter with the Beavers. Oregon State's second game reached 14 hits with Hammoude and sophomore Ashton Zeiher hitting for two RBI each. Six different players notched at least one RBI.
• In Eugene, the Beavers fell 14-6 to the Ducks. Hammoude and Nunes each hit a home run in the second inning with Zeiher notching two bases for an RBI. Hammoude grabbed another RBI in the third before Simon hit her first home run of the season to tally the final two Beaver RBI.
Over the weekend:
• Sophomore Maia Rader hit her first triple of 2021 in game one against Sacramento State (3/12).
• Freshman Madison Simon hit her first collegiate home run at Oregon (3/13).
• Sophomore Ashton Zeiher batted in her first RBI of the season against Sacramento State (3/12), she also notched her first double of the season against Oregon (3/13).
PAC-12 TEAM RANKINGS
• T-4th; 4 triples
• 5th; 27 doubles
• T-3rd; 8 home runs allowed
• 4th; 70 hits allowed
• 5th; 121 strikeouts
• 5th; 2.11 ERA
• 5th; 31 earned runs allowed
• 5th; 8.25 strikeouts/seven innings
• T-2nd; 5 double plays
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
• 13th; 1.94 ERA
• T-2nd; 4 double-plays
• T-9th; 5 doubles
• T-23rd; 16 assists
• T-5th; 6 home runs
• 12th; .780 slugging percentage
• T-16th; 16 RBI
• T-23rd; .380 batting average
• 7th; 90 putouts
• T-10th; 77 putouts
• 2nd; 77 strikeouts
• 2nd; 61.0 innings pitched
• T-4th; 7 wins
• 8th; 8.84 strikeouts/seven innings
• 11th; 1.81 ERA
• T-25th; 14 assists
• 9th; 8.81 strikeouts/seven innings
• 15th; 26 strikeouts
• T-13th; 20 assists
• T-10th; 5 home runs
• T-16th; .750 slugging percentage
• 22nd; 43 putouts
• T-17th; 19 assists
• Due to the shortened season of 2020, all members of the 2020 softball team have received another year of eligibility. Each of the members of the 2020 team has kept their athletic years from last season.
• All but one member of the senior class will be returning. Trystan Melancon, Fallon Molnar, and Nerissa Eason will play for Oregon State in 2021 while Karla Calderon graduated in 2020.
• All but two members, Paige Goodrich and Izzy Owen, of the rest of the team have chosen to return for the 2021 season.
• The fall of 2020 brought four new additions to the team: Charity Sevaaetasi, Jade Soto, Katie Hicks, and Madison Simon are all the newcomers for the 2021 season.
• Though 2020 was cut short, the Beavers were able to play 26 games. Four student-athletes - Xiao Gin, Mariah Mazon, Grace Messmer, and Missy Nunes - all started in all 26 games while Morgan Allen missed just one game and Ashton Zeiher and Maia Rader missed two games.
• 12 of the 16 returning softball players on the 2021 team competed in at least five games for the Beavers last season with six of those returning from 2019 seeing action in at least a third of the last full season's games.
• The Beavers have one player that hails from the state of Oregon, Ashton Zeiher (Scio), with one player that comes from outside the United States, Grace Messmer (British Columbia).
• California is the highest represented state on the 2021 Oregon State softball team with 13 student-athletes coming from the state to our south. Two players come from Washington with one student-athlete from Florida, Nevada, and Texas.
• Despite the 2020 season being cut short, the Beavers were able to play 26 games for a record of 17-9 record. The team was unable to start conference play before the season ended.
• Eight players participated in at least 75 percent of the games, with seven returning to the team in 2021. Mariah Mazon, Xiao Gin, Missy Nunes, and Grace Messmer started all 26 games with Morgan Allen starting 25 and Maia Rader and Ashton Zeiher starting 24.
• Nunes led the team with five home runs and 22 RBIs.
• Mazon and Fallon Molnar followed Nunes with four home runs. Mazon notched 15 RBIs while Molnar earned 11.
For those who competed regularly, Mazon's .377 batting average (29 hits, 77 at bats) led the 2020 squad.
• In the field, Morgan Allen led the team with 144 putouts while Nunes followed with 121.
• Allen and Grace Messmer both contributed to five double plays while Messmer led the team with 46 assists.
ON THE MOUND
• All four pitchers who saw action on the mound in 2020 will return for 2021.
• Mariah Mazon, returning to complete her junior season, was the leading pitcher in 2020. Mazon recorded a 1.18 ERA with 10 wins in 20 appearances.
• She pitched a total of 113 innings, 14 complete games, and six shutouts while striking out 130 batters.
• Mazon returns after being named to Softball America's All-America Third Team.
• Second to Mazon was Trystan Melancon, a graduate transfer from the University of Houston. With 11 appearances in 2020, Melancon notched a 1.81 ERA with five wins and three complete games. She earned one shutout and pitched for 67 strikeouts.
• Rounding out the 2020 pitching squad was freshman Xiao Gin and senior Nerissa Eason. Gin earned two wins with a 3.28 ERA and nine strikeouts while Eason pitched for a 1.75 ERA and three strikeouts.
A LOOK BACK AT 2019
• The Beavers finished the 2019 season with 26 wins and 19 losses with an 8-14 record in the Pac-12.
• Frankie Hammoude and Missy Nunes served as a large portion of Oregon State's offensive power, starting all 45 games on the season.
• Hammoude led the squad with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs. She earned 34 hits in 120 at bats for a .283 batting average.
• Missy Nunes followed Hammoude's lead with seven home runs and 27 RBIs. She earned 36 hits in 132 at bats for a .273 batting average.
• In the field, Hammoude led the team with 300 putouts while Nunes was the runner-up with 67 assists, and serves as the returner with the highest assists.
• Hammoude contributed to 12 double plays while Maia Rader helped in eight.
• Radar is the final returner who played in at least 75 percent of 2019's games. She made 38 starts at shortstop and was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
ON THE MOUND
• The Beavers returned three pitchers from 2019 to the 2020 season.
• Mariah Mazon was the leading returner for the Beavers. She recorded a 2.70 ERA, posting 17 wins in 30 appearances. She pitched 174 total innings, 20 complete games, and four shutouts while striking out 166 batters.
• Mazon was named to the NFCA All-Region Second Team and Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team in 2018 with a third-team conference nod in 2017, as well as being named to the conference all-freshman team.
• Nerissa Eason posted three wins in 10 appearances in 2019. She pitched 34.1 innings, recording 33 strikeouts, two complete games, and one shutout.
• Sophomore Payton Goodrich, who will not return for 2021, and freshman Xiao Gin rounded out the 2020 pitching lineup.
• The Golden Bears are 10-4 on the season. In February, Cal saw a 4-2 record after earning wins against Saint Mary's (2/21), California Baptist (twice) (2/26 & 2/27), and Stanford (2/27), with losses to Sacramento State (2/20) and Stanford (2/26).
• To open March, the Golden Bears notched two wins against UC Santa Barbara (3/5 & 3/6) after losing in an extra inning against BYU (3/4).
• Most recently, California beat Santa Clara (3/10) in five innings before playing two games against both UC Davis and Fresno State (3/13 & 3/14) for a 3-1 record on the weekend.
• The Golden Bears will play Pacific on Wednesday (March 17) before heading to Corvallis, Ore.
• Lauren Espalin leads the team with a .448 batting average, two home runs, and three doubles.
• Makena Smith had created the most chances to score with 10 RBI.
• Nine different Golden Bears have hit a home run with three, Espalin, Smith, and Karlee Sparacino, hitting two out of the park.
• In the field, Kacey Zobac tops the team's putouts with 46 while D'Asha Saiki has the most assists (14).
• Chloe Romero leads on the mound. In 25.2 innings pitched, she has 22 strikeouts and two complete games for six wins and a 0.27 ERA.
• Haylei Archer follows closely with 21 strikeouts in 25.1 innings pitched. With three wins and one complete game, she has a 3.87 ERA.
AGAINST THE GOLDEN BEARS
• California leads the all-time series, 85-42.
• The Beavers last faced the Golden Bears in 2019 for three games in three days (Apr. 12-14).
• OSU took the first two wins with Cal notching the final game of the weekend in Berkeley, Calif.
• In game one, Mariah Mazon pitched for a 7-1 win with Missy Nunes contributing one of the team's five RBI.
• Mazon notched a second win in pitching a 6-4 win for game two. The Golden Bears scored two runs in the first inning but the Beavers were able to take the lead in the fourth.
• California found a 4-1 victory for game three. Amazon pitched the loss with Lovie Lopez, a pinch runner, scoring on a wild pitch.
• The Beavers have reached the NCAA Tournament four times under the direction of head coach Laura Berg. As a program, OSU has made a postseason appearance 13 times.
• The Beavers are 30-22 all-time in their 13 tournament appearances following two wins and two losses at the Tuscaloosa Regional in 2018.
• The last time OSU won a regional was in 2006 when it played Nevada and No. 19 Baylor twice. OSU went on to play in the Women's College World Series that year.
• Berg and former head coach Kirk Walker (1995-2012) are the only head coaches in program history to reach the NCAA Tournament.
• Head coach Laura Berg is the most decorated USA Softball Olympic Athlete after joining the national team in 1994. Berg won three gold medals for the United States (1996 - Atlanta, 2000 - Sydney, 2004 - Athens) and one silver (2008 - Beijing).
• Berg joined the Women's National Team coaching staff in 2012 and has served as an assistant before being named the head coach for the Junior WNT in 2017. Most recently, Berg was an assistant coach with the WNY that won Gold at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
• On November 14, 2019, Berg was named an assistant to the 2020 WNT's coaching staff.
• Junior Frankie Hammoude made her National Team debut in the summer of 2019 after trying out and making the Junior Women's National Team.
• Hammoude helped the JWNT become the 2019 U-19 WBSC World Cup Champions after hitting a three-run home run to tie things up in the championship game against Japan. The USA went on to capture the title.
• Sophomore Grace Messmer helped Canada to a Bronze Medal finish at the WBSC World Cup after recording a sac fly against Australia.
ABOUT THE OREGON STATE COACHING STAFF
• Head coach Laura Berg hung up her cleats after nearly 20 years of playing softball and spent a year with the LAPD in 2010-11 before returning to the game as an assistant coach for the 2012 season at Oregon State.
• Berg enters her ninth season at the helm of the Oregon State program, recording four NCAA Tournament appearances. Read more about the Beavers' head coach on the attached game notes.
• Associate head coach Marcie Green also has experience with law enforcement. Green studied criminology at Fresno State and spent five years as a prison guard at Corcoran State Prison in California following graduation before starting to coach. Green works primarily with the pitchers.
• Assistant coach Eric Leyba returns for his third season on staff, working with the infielders and batters. Under his first season with the infielders, Leyba coached Hammoude and Rader to All-Freshman honors at first base and shortstop.
• Volunteer assistant coach Shelly Prochaska is entering her second straight season with the Beavers. Prochaska, a member of the softball team from 2000-03, served as an undergraduate assistant in 2004. Before coming to Oregon State, she was an assistant coach for the Sonoma State softball program during the 2018-19 season.
• Heather Smith also returns for her 20th season as the Director of Operations.
• The Beavers will head on the road to Tucson for a four-game series against Arizona starting on March 26 and ending on March 28.
For more information on the Oregon State softball team, visit OSUBeavers.com or follow the team on Twitter and Instagram, @BeaverSoftball.
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