Oregon State Hosts No. 6 Washington for Dam Cancer Series
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State softball team will continue its home slate with a four-game series against No. 6 Washington.
The team is dedicating this weekend's series to cancer survivors, the families of those who have lost a loved one to cancer, and those in the medical field that have helped to combat the deadly disease.
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. 6 Washington
SITE: Kelly Field - Corvallis, Ore.
RECORD: Oregon State 14-14, 3-6 Pac-12; Washington 28-4, 6-2 Pac-12
SERIES RECORD: Washington leads, 66-22
DATE: Friday, April 9
TIME: 5:00 PM PT
DATE: Saturday, April 10
TIME: 1:00 PM PT
DATE: Saturday, April 10
TIME: 3:00 PM PT
DATE: Sunday, April 11
TIME: 12:00 PM PT
*records as of 4/7/21
Oregon State notes | Washington notes
ABOUT THE BEAVERS
• Before starting its conference series, Oregon State earned a 10-6 non-conference record. OSU now holds a 14-14 overall record with a 3-6 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.
• After a full three weekends of conference play, the Beavers have three wins over California, three losses against No. 9 Arizona, and one win and two losses against No. 3 Oregon.
• Junior Mariah Mazon leads the team with a .371 batting average; sophomore Frankie Hammoude leads with a .776 slugging percentage.
• Mazon, Hammoude, and junior Missy Nunes have combined for over half of the team's 123 RBI and 34 home runs.
• Hammoude leads with 11 home runs with Nunes (8) and Mazon (5) following. The duo also follows Hammoude's 26 RBI with 21 each.
• In the field, Hammoude leads with 169 putouts while sophomore Maia Rader has assisted the most outs (41).
• Gin, Hammoude, junior Chance Burden, and freshman Grace Messmer have each played for multiple double-plays. Gin has played for five with Hammoude tallying three and Burden and Messmer compiling two each.
ON THE MOUND
• Junior Mariah Mazon has won 11 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).
• Most recently, Mazon became the first pitcher of 2021 to hold the Ducks to just one run and the second to complete a win over Oregon this season (4/2).
• In 119.1 innings pitched, Mazon has notched 138 strikeouts from 441 batters for a 2.46 ERA.
• Melancon follows with 39 strikeouts, from 118 batters, in 31.1 innings pitched.
• Eason owns a 2.89 ERA with 26 strikeouts, from 107 batters, in 26.2 innings pitched.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
• The Beavers hosted No. 3 Oregon for their annual Rivalry Series starting on Thursday, April 1.
• Oregon State collected a 1-3 record over the weekend, totaling 11 runs and holding the Ducks to the same number.
• On Thursday, the Beavers totaled three hits, two of which came off junior Mariah Mazon's bat. Unable to score, OSU held the Ducks to just two runs.
• Oregon State split Friday's doubleheader, earning the conference win with an 8-1 victory before falling in the second game, 4-0. Freshman Madison Simon knocked the ball out of the park and scored the go-ahead run. With their win, the Beavers became the first team in 2021 to hold the Ducks to just one run while also taking Oregon's second loss on the season.
• In the final game of the weekend, redshirt-freshman Bailey McLaughlin tied the score with a home run to right center before sophomore Frankie Hammoude and junior Missy Nunes hit back-to-back home runs for the second time this season. After bringing the game to a one-run difference, OSU could not overcome the final score and the Ducks took the final game.
• For her efforts against Oregon, Mazon was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week. She went .571 at the plate and tallied 21 strikeouts in three complete games in the circle.
Over the weekend:
• Redshirt-freshman Bailey McLaughlin hit her first home run of the season to tie the final game of the series.
PAC-12 TEAM RANKINGS
• 5th; 34 home runs
• 5th; 39 doubles
• 3rd; 206 strikeouts
• 4th; 7.97 strikeouts/seven innings
• 4th; 141 hits allowed
• T-4th; 6 double-plays
• 5th; 543 putouts
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
• T-6th; 5 double-plays
• T-16th; 6 doubles
• T-17th; 34 assists
• 4th; 11 home runs
• 6th; 169 putouts
• 9th; .776 slugging percentage
• T-10th; 26 RBI
• T-13th; 31 hits
• T-13th; 3 double-plays
• 22nd; .370 batting average
• 23rd; .433 on base percentage
• 15th; 91 putouts
• 1st; 119.1 innings pitched
• 2nd; 138 strikeouts
• 4th; 10 complete games
• T-4th; 11 wins
• T-8th; 34 hits
• 11th; 8.09 strikeouts/seven innings
• 14th; 2.46 ERA• T-18th; 5 home runs
• T-18th; 21 RBI
• T-20th; 5 doubles
• 21st; .371 batting average
• T-21st; 20 runs
• T-22nd; 28 assists
• 24th; 53 putouts
• 8th; 8.71 strikeouts/seven innings
• T-15th; 39 strikeouts
• T-17th; 34 assists
• T-6th; 8 home runs
• 12th; .711 slugging percentage
• 16th; 78 putouts
• T-18th; 21 RBI
• T-20th; 5 doubles
• T-7th; 41 assists
• T-22nd; 3 stolen bases
• T-8th; 7 doubles
• T-18th; 5 home runs
OREGON STATE CAREER RECORDS
• Ranks 5th in strikeouts (575) … Needs 120 more to pass Tara Beyster (1997-2000) for fourth place.
• Ranks 7th in wins (50) … Needs two more to pass Paige Hall (2009-12) for sixth place.
• Ranks 10th in home runs (26) … Needs two more to pass Kelly Petersen (2002-05) for ninth place.
OREGON STATE SEASON RECORDS
• Needs one more home run 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. 6 WASHINGTON
• Washington is ranked sixth 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 Huskies are 28-4 on the season with a 6-2 conference record.
• Washington opened the season 6-0 in the first week of play at the UNLV Tournament (Feb. 12-14) and a solo game at BYU (Feb. 18).
• The team's first loss came against Nevada to kick off the Dixie State Classic before winning the next three games (Feb. 19-21).
• To close out February, the Huskies went 4-1 in San Diego, falling just once to San Diego State in a three-game series (Feb. 26-27) and taking both games in a doubleheader at San Diego (Feb. 28).
• Before starting conference play, Washington tallied seven wins in March, including three in five innings.
• In Arizona, the Huskies earned two wins over No. 7 Arizona (Mar. 19-20) and split the weekend with No. 14 Arizona State (Mar. 26-28).
• Most recently, the Huskies notched four wins over California (Apr. 1-3).
• Sis Bates leads the team's active players with a .448 batting average while Baylee Klingler has knocked the most balls out of the park (12).
• Morganne Flores and Klingler have both batted in more than 30 runs with Bates and Sami Reynolds also bring in at least 20 RBI. The quartet has combined for 122 of the Huskies' 227 RBI. All of the active Huskies have batted in at least 11 runs.
• In the field, Flores leads with 231 putouts while Bates has the most assists with 41.
• Gabbie Plain has spent the most time in the circle (114 innings), tallying 194 strikeouts from 397 batters for 17 wins in 12 complete games. Plain has compiled a 0.98 ERA.
AGAINST THE HUSKIES
• Washington holds the 66-22 lead in the all-time series.
• The Huskies last played the Beavers for three wins in 2019. In game one, the Beavers hit two home runs, one by Missy Nunes, for their only two scores of the weekend.
• The Beavers last tallied a victory over the Huskies in Seattle on April 8, 2017.
• 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 Washington for their second-straight conference series at home, the Beavers will head on the road to UCLA to face the Bruins at Easton Stadium on April 9-11.
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