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Oregon State Heads to No. 9 Arizona for Weekend Series

Mar 25, 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State softball team will travel to Tucson to face No. 9 Arizona for their first conference series on the road.
 
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.
 
GAME INFORMATION
 
Oregon State vs No. 9 Arizona
SITE: Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium - Tucson, Ariz.
RECORD: Oregon State 13-7, 2-1 Pac-12; Arizona 14-5, 0-2 Pac-12
SERIES RECORD: Arizona leads, 107-16
STATS: ArizonaWildcats.com
STREAM: ArizonaWildcats.com
 
Game One
DATE: Friday, March 26
TIME: 5:00 PM PT
 
Game Two
DATE: Saturday, March 27
TIME: 1:00 PM PT
 
Game Three
DATE: Saturday, March 27
TIME: 3:30 PM PT
 
Game Four
DATE: Sunday, March 28
TIME: 11:00 AM PT
 
*records as of 3/24/21
 
Oregon State notes | Arizona notes
 
ABOUT THE BEAVERS
• Before starting its conference series, Oregon State earned a 10-6 non-conference record. OSU now holds a 13-7 overall record with a 2-1 Pac-12 record.
• The Beavers opened the season with an undefeated weekend in the Los Angeles area (Feb. 12-14). They went on to garner a 3-5 record at the Wildcat Invitational (Feb. 26-28) and Colorado Classic (Mar. 5-7).
• For their first games at home, the Beavers defeated Sacramento State twice. Junior Mariah Mazon pitched for a perfect game before senior Trystan Melancon pitched her first no-hitter with OSU.
• Sophomore Frankie Hammoude leads the team with a .377 batting average and a .803 slugging average while junior Missy Nunes follows with a .368 batting average and a .754 slugging average.
• Hammoude, Nunes, Mazon, and freshman Charity Sevaaetasi lead the team from the batter's box. The four have combined for over half of the team's RBI and home runs and almost half of the team's hits. 
• Hammoude tops the four with 21 RBI from eight homers and 23 hits. Nunes (16 RBI, 6 HR, 21 H), Mazon (15 RBI, 4 HR, 22 H), and Sevaaetasi (11 RBI, 4 HR, 16 H) follow suit.
• In the field, Hammoude leads with 116 putouts while freshmen Grace Messmer and Xiao Gin lead with 23 assists each.
• Gin, Hammoude, and junior Chance 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 10 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 82.0 innings pitched, Mazon has notched 101 strikeouts from 295 batters for a 1.54 ERA. 
• Melancon follows with 32 strikeouts in 25.2 innings pitched.
• Eason owns a 2.10 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 20.0 innings pitched.
 
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
• The Beavers hosted their first Pac-12 series of 2021 against California over the past weekend.
• Oregon State opened the weekend with a no-hitter victory on Friday. Junior pitcher Mariah Mazon hit a home run for the first score in the first inning. Freshman Charity Sevaaetasi followed with another Beaver homer in the fourth before junior Missy Nunes added three runs with her home run in the fifth. Sophomore Maia Rader notched the final RBI for the 6-0 win.
• On Saturday, the Beavers split the day with the Golden Bears. California took the first win with a 2-0 shutout before Oregon State defeated Cal 6-2 in the second game of the day. Sophomore Frankie Hammoude opened the game with a home run in the second inning. Mazon tallied two RBI with a single in the third before Sevaaetasi hit her second home run of the weekend in the fourth. Hammoude sealed the 6-2 win with another home run.
• The Beavers took a 4-3 win for the final game of the series. After Cal scored first, OSU took a 4-1 lead in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Hammoude hit a single for her first plate appearance of the day for two RBI. Both Nunes and freshman Madison Simon followed with connections for an RBI each.
• Mazon tallied 24 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched against Cal with six strikeouts in five innings from senior Trystan Melancon and four strikeouts in two innings from senior pitcher Nerissa Eason.
 
PAC-12 TEAM RANKINGS
Hitting
• T-4th; 4 triples
• 5th; 29 doubles
 
Pitching
• T-4th; 10 home runs allowed
• 3rd; 83 hits allowed
• 5th; 155 strikeouts
• 5th; 1.93 ERA
• 5th; 36 earned runs allowed
• 4th; 8.30 strikeouts/seven innings
 
Fielding
• T-3rd; 5 double-plays
• 4th; 392 putouts
• 5th; 133 assists
 
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Chance Burden
• T-18th; 2 double-plays
 
Nerissa Eason
• 13th; 2.10 ERA
• 15th; 7.00 strikeouts/seven innings
 
Xiao Gin
• T-4th; 4 double-plays
• T-13th; 5 doubles
• T-16th; 23 assists
 
Frankie Hammoude
• T-3rd; 8 home runs
• 7th; 116 putouts
• 8th; .803 slugging percentage
• 11th; 21 RBI
• 17th; 23 hits
• T-18th; 2 double-plays
• 19th; .465 on base percentage
• 24th; .377 batting average
 
Rylee Maston
• T-12th; 85 putouts
 
Mariah Mazon
• 2nd; 101 strikeouts
• 2nd; 82.0 innings pitched
• T-3rd; 10 wins
• 10th; 1.54 ERA
• 11th; 8.62 strikeouts/seven innings
• T-17th; 17 runs
• T-18th; 22 hits
• T-19th; 22 assists
 
Trystan Melancon
• 10th; 8.73 strikeouts/seven innings
• T-15th; 32 strikeouts
 
Grace Messmer
• T-16th; 23 assists
 
Missy Nunes
• T-7th; 6 home runs
• 12th; .754 slugging percentage
• T-19th; 51 putouts
• T-20th; 16 runs
• T-22nd; 16 RBI
• T-23rd; 21 hits
 
Maia Rader
• T-23rd; 20 assists
 
OREGON STATE CAREER RECORDS
Mariah Mazon
• Ranks 5th in strikeouts (538) … Needs 157 more to pass Tara Beyster (1997-2000) for fourth place.
• Ranks 7th in wins (49); tied with Denise Smail … Needs three more to pass Paige Hall (2009-12) for sixth place.
Missy Nunes
• Needs one more home run to be tied for 10th (25) with Steph Adams (2000-03).
 
THE ROSTER
• 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.
 
LAST SEASON
• 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.
 
ABOUT NO. 9 ARIZONA
• The Wildcats are 14-5 on the season with a 0-2 Pac-12 record. 
• To open the season, Arizona went 5-0 at the Hillenbrand Invitational (Feb. 19-21) and 5-0 at their own Wildcat Invitational (Feb. 26-28). 
• Before starting conference play against Washington on Mar. 19, the Wildcats spent a week in Florida (Mar. 6-13). Their first loss of the season came against No. 22 UCF on Mar. 8 before going 1-2 against No. 15 Florida State (Mar. 11-13).
• Janelle Meono leads the team with a .500 batting average.
• Dejah Mulipola is the team's leader in home runs (9) and RBI (25). 
• Each one of the Wildcats' active players has tallied more than 10 RBI throughout the season.
• In the field, Mulipola has the most outs with 85 putouts while Malia Martinez leads with 30 assists.
• Alyssa Denham is the main Wildcat pitcher. She has eight complete games and 50.1 innings under her belt for 52 strikeouts and a 1.67 ERA.
• Mariah Lopez follows with five complete games and 34.1 innings. She has tallied 39 strikeouts from 127 batters for a 1.22 ERA.
 
AGAINST THE WILDCATS
• Arizona leads the all-time series, 107-16.
• The Wildcats last saw the Beavers earlier this season at the Wildcat Invitational. Arizona took the 3-2 win in the eighth inning.
• Prior to this year, OSU met Arizona for three Wildcat wins in March 2019. 
• Throughout the weekend in March, OSU scored five runs. Missy Nunes earned the sole Beaver run in the first game of the series with Frankie Hammoude hitting a grand slam for OSU's four runs in the second game. 
• The Beavers last earned a win against the Wildcats on May 7, 2016. OSU beat Arizona, 2-1.
 
NCAA TOURNAMENT
• 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.
 
NATIONAL SOFTBALL
• 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.
 
UP NEXT
• After a weekend on the road, the Beavers will return home for their rivalry series against Oregon from April 1-3.
 
For more information on the Oregon State softball team, visit OSUBeavers.com or follow the team on Twitter and Instagram, @BeaverSoftball.
 
OUR MISSION
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).