Beavers Set to Host No. 3 Oregon for Annual Rivalry Series
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State softball team returns home to host the annual rivalry series against No. 3 Oregon.
The Rivalry Series is presented by Safeway-Albertsons, Spirit Mountain Casino, PacificSource Health Plans, Your Local Toyota Dealers, and First Interstate Bank.
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 No. 3 Oregon
SITE: Kelly Field at the OSU Softball Complex - Corvallis, Ore.
RECORD: Oregon State 13-11, 2-4 Pac-12; Oregon 23-1, 3-0 Pac-12
SERIES RECORD: Oregon leads, 94-92-1
*records as of 3/29/21
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The series against Oregon will air live on Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Oregon with Ann Schatz on the call. Fans with subscriptions to the network can also watch the meet on Pac-12.com, or via the Pac-12 Now app.
ABOUT THE BEAVERS
• Before starting its conference series, Oregon State earned a 10-6 non-conference record. OSU now holds a 13-11 overall record with a 2-4 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.
• Opening conference play with California at home, the Beavers won the series with a 3-1 record. On Friday, OSU won in a no-hitter shutout before splitting the doubleheader on Saturday and winning by one run on Sunday.
• Sophomore Frankie Hammoude leads the team with a .397 batting average and a .836 slugging average while junior Missy Nunes follows with a .348 batting average and a .727 slugging average.
• Hammoude, Nunes, Mazon, and freshman Charity Sevaaetasi lead the team from the batter's box.
• The four have combined for over 85 percent of the team's 113 RBI. Hammoude has batted in 25 runs with Mazon (18 RBI), Nunes (17 RBI), and Sevaaetasi (13 RBI) following.
• Hammoude has hit for a third of the team's 30 home runs. Her, along with the rest of the quartet, have combined for 27 homers with Nunes grabbing seven HRs and Mazon and Sevaaetasi each knocking five balls out of the park.
• In the field, Hammoude leads with 141 putouts while sophomore Maia Rader has assisted the most outs (29).
• 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 98.1 innings pitched, Mazon has notched 117 strikeouts from 366 batters for a 2.56 ERA.
• Melancon follows with 37 strikeouts in 29.1 innings pitched.
• Eason owns a 2.91 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 21.2 innings pitched.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
• The Beavers headed to Tucson for their first road conference series of 2021 against No. 9 Arizona.
• Oregon State fell in all four games on the weekend.
• On Friday, the Beavers outhit the Wildcats, 10-6, but the Arizona defense tallied three outs before OSU was able to score each inning.
• During Saturday's doubleheader, Oregon State started with the lead in each game.
• Junior Missy Nunes and freshman Charity Sevaaetasi got the scoring started in the second inning of game one with a home run each. Sophomore Frankie Hammoude followed with a third Beaver homer in the third inning for a 5-0 lead before Arizona came back to win 9-5.
• The second game of the day saw another Hammoude home run for the Beavers' only two scores.
• In Sunday's game, the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. The fourth inning brought along two OSU runs before Arizona scored another four. Junior Mariah Mazon closed the Wildcat lead to just one with a three-run homer but the Wildcats notched another home run before the end of their 7-5 win.
PAC-12 TEAM RANKINGS
• 3rd; 178 strikeouts
• 4th; 8.14 strikeouts/seven innings
• 5th; 121 hits allowed
• 5th; 459 putouts
• T-5th; 5 double-plays
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
• T-21st; 2 double-plays
• T-8th; 4 double-plays
• T-18th; 5 doubles
• T-18th; 28 assists
• T-3rd; 10 home runs
• 6th; 141 putouts
• 7th; .836 slugging percentage
• 9th; 25 RBI
• T-13th; 29 hits
• 14th; .397 batting average
• 19th; .470 on base percentage
• T-21st; 2 double-plays
• T-12th; 91 putouts
• 2nd; 117 strikeouts
• 2nd; 98.1 innings pitched
• T-3rd; 10 wins
• 11th; 8.33 strikeouts/seven innings
• 14th; 2.56 ERA
• T-17th; 5 home runs
• T-17th; 26 hits
• T-19th; 19 runs
• 21st; 25 assists
• T-23rd; 23 RBI
• T-24th; 4 doubles
• 15th; 37 strikeouts
• T-20th; 27 assists
• T-24th; 4 doubles
• T-7th; 7 home runs
• 12th; .727 slugging percentage
• 19th; 60 putouts
• T-24th; 4 doubles
• T-25th; 17 runs
• T-14th; 29 assists
• T-9th; 6 doubles
• T-17th; 5 home runs
OREGON STATE CAREER RECORDS
• Ranks 5th in strikeouts (554) … Needs 141 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.
• Ranks 10th in home runs (25); tied with Steph Adams (2000-03) … Needs three more to pass Kelly Petersen (2002-05) for ninth place.
OREGON STATE SEASON RECORDS
• Needs two more home runs to be tied for seventh (12) with three other players, most recently Hope Brandner (2018).
• 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.
ABOUT NO. 3 OREGON
• Oregon is ranked third in the nation in all three major polls - the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll, the D1Softball.com Poll, and the ESPN.com/USA Collegiate Top 25.
• The Ducks are 23-1 on the season. Their one loss comes from a split weekend against No.1 UCLA (Feb. 28-Mar. 1).
• Oregon opened the season 5-0 at the GCU Kickoff Classic (Feb. 12-14) before finding two victories against Fresno State (Feb. 20-21), splitting the weekend in Tempe, Ariz. (Feb. 28-Mar. 1), and notching seven wins in its first two weekends of play at home (Mar. 6-7 & Mar. 13-14).
• The Ducks started conference play with a series sweep of Utah, allowing eight runs and scoring 20 throughout the weekend (Mar. 19-21).
• Most recently, Oregon hosted Loyola Marymount for three games, a doubleheader on Friday (Mar. 26) and a single game on Saturday (Mar. 27), and three wins with two shutouts.
• Haley Cruse leads the team's active players with a .400 batting average while Alyssa Brito has knocked the most balls out of the park (nine).
• Brito and Allee Bunker have hit for 57 of the team's 167 RBI. All of the active Ducks except for one have batted in at least 12 RBI.
• In the field, Terra McGowan leads with 166 putouts while Bunker has the most assists with 34.
• Brooke Yanez has pitched for the most innings (64), notching 96 strikeouts against 223 batters for a 1.42 ERA and 10 wins.
AGAINST THE DUCKS
• Oregon holds a small 94-92-1 lead in the all-time series.
• The Ducks last saw the Beavers earlier this season in Eugene. Oregon took the 14-6 win in five innings. Sophomore Frankie Hammoude, junior Missy Nunes, and freshman Madison Simon each hit a home run for four of the Beavers' six runs.
• Prior to this year, OSU met Oregon for three Beaver wins in April 2019. Friday's game was an 8-0 shutout before Saturday's 8-6 victory and Sunday's 12-8 win.
• The first game of the series saw two RBI from Missy Nunes from a home run and two RBI from Maia Rader. Nunes notched another RBI on Saturday while Rader earned another two on Sunday. Frankie Hammoude hit a home run to collect two RBI on Sunday.
• 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.
• After hosting Oregon for their annual rivalry series, the Beavers will stay in Corvallis to host Washington on Apr. 9-11.
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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