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Beavers Head on the Road for No. 2 UCLA

Apr 15, 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State softball team will head to Los Angeles to take on No. 2 UCLA in a three-game series this weekend.
 
This weekend's series has been reduced from the originally scheduled four games to just three contests. Saturday's doubleheader will not be played and the single game will begin at 11 a.m. PT.
 
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. 2 UCLA
SITE: Easton Stadium - Los Angeles, Calif.
RECORD: Oregon State 15-17, 3-9 Pac-12; UCLA 22-2, 5-1 Pac-12
SERIES RECORD: UCLA leads, 103-15
STATS: UCLABruins.com
STREAM: UCLABruins.com
 
Game One
DATE: Friday, April 16
TIME: 4:00 PM PT
 
Game Two
DATE: Saturday, April 17
TIME: 11:00 AM PT
 
Game Three
DATE: Sunday, April 18
TIME: 12:00 PM PT
 
*records as of 4/14/21
 
Oregon State notes | UCLA notes
  
ABOUT THE BEAVERS
• Before starting its conference series, Oregon State earned a 10-6 non-conference record. OSU now holds a 15-17 overall record with a 3-9 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 four weekends of conference play, the Beavers have three wins over California, three losses against No. 9 Arizona, one win and two losses against No. 3 Oregon, and three losses to No. 6 Washington.
• Junior pitcher Mariah Mazon ranks second in the Pac-12 with 157 strikeouts. Of all the pitchers in the conference, Mazon has pitched for the most innings (140.1). 
• Sophomore Frankie Hammoude leads the team with both a .351 batting average and a .755 slugging average.
• Mazon, Hammoude, and junior Missy Nunes have combined for over half of the team's 128 RBI and 36 home runs. 
• Hammoude's 12 home runs are tied for third in the conference. Nunes and Mazon follow with eight and five homers, respectively. The sophomore also leads the trio with 28 RBI with the juniors following with 21 each.
• In the field, Hammoude leads with 197 putouts while sophomore Maia Rader has assisted the most outs (43). 
• Gin, Hammoude, junior Chance Burden, and freshman Grace Messmer have each played for multiple double-plays. Gin has played for five with Hammoude tallying four, Messmer compiling three, and Burden bringing in two. Three other Beavers have contributed to a double play.
 
ON THE MOUND
• Junior Mariah Mazon has won 11 games for the Beavers while senior Trystan Melancon has tallied three 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).
• 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 140.1 innings pitched, Mazon has notched 157 strikeouts from 518 batters for a 2.29 ERA. 
• Melancon follows with 41 strikeouts, from 129 batters, in 34.1 innings pitched.
• Eason owns a 2.74 ERA with 27 strikeouts, from 123 batters, in 30.2 innings pitched.
 
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
• The Beavers hosted No. 6 Washington, for their second-straight home series, starting on Friday, April 9. 
• Oregon State collected a 1-3 record over the weekend. OSU kept the Huskies to no more than a two-run lead in each of Washington's three wins. The Huskies took all three conference victories with Oregon State winning the second game of the doubleheader.
• On Friday, the Beavers were unable to score a run in the 2-0 loss. Junior Mariah Mazon (first) and sophomore Frankie Hammoude (fourth) singled for OSU's only two hits on day one.
• Saturday saw a split of the doubleheader. The Huskies took game one (conference game), 4-2, with the Beavers winning game two (non-conference game), 3-1. 
• Once again, the Beavers tallied two hits in game one on Saturday. After Washington scored four runs, Hammoude knocked the ball out of the park in the bottom of the seventh for the Beavers' two RBI.
• In game two of the doubleheader, OSU scored first in the third when Mazon crossed home on a wild pitch. The very next inning, the Huskies tied the score with a home run. Looking towards a possible extra-inning game, sophomore Ashton Zeiher hit a double to get on base in the bottom of the seventh before junior Morgan Allen hit a walk-off home run to win the game.
• In the final game of the series, the Beavers fell, 2-1. Washington scored first in the very first inning. Zeiher grabbed another hit from the series for an RBI to tie the score in the second inning. The Huskies hit another home run to take the game on Sunday.
 
FIRST MARKS
Over the weekend: 
• Junior Morgan Allen hit her first career home run to win the game on Saturday.
  
PAC-12 TEAM RANKINGS
Hitting:
• 5th; 40 doubles
 
Pitching:
• 3rd; 228 strikeouts
• 4th; 7.64 strikeouts/seven innings
• 5th; 162 hits allowed
 
Fielding:
• 4th; 8 double-plays
• 5th; 627 putouts
 
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Xiao Gin
• T-8th; 5 double-plays
• T-14th; 40 assists
• T-17th; 6 doubles
 
Frankie Hammoude
• T-3rd; 12 home runs
• 5th; 197 putouts
• 8th; .755 slugging percentage
• T-9th; 28 RBI
• T-11th; 4 double-plays
• T-16th; 33 hits
• 19th; .440 on base percentage
• 23rd; .351 batting average
 
Rylee Maston
• T-15th; 91 putouts
 
Mariah Mazon
• 1st; 140.1 innings pitched
• 2nd; 157 strikeouts
• T-2nd; 13 complete games
• T-5th; 11 wins
• 10th; 2.29 ERA
• 11th; 7.83 strikeouts/seven innings
• T-12th; 35 hits
• T-20th; 5 doubles
• 23rd; 31 assists
• T-24th; 21 runs
• T-25th; 5 home runs
• T-25th; 21 RBI
 
Bailey McLaughlin
• 22nd; 67 putouts
 
Trystan Melancon
• 8th; 8.36 strikeouts/seven innings
• 17th; 3.47 ERA
• 19th; 41 strikeouts
 
Grace Messmer
• T-16th; 3 double-plays
• 17th; 38 assists
 
Missy Nunes
• T-10th; 8 home runs
• T-17th; 86 putouts
• 19th; .655 slugging percentage
• T-20th; 5 doubles
• T-25th; 21 RBI
 
Maia Rader
• T-9th; 43 assists
• T-25th; 3 stolen bases
 
Charity Sevaaetasi
• T-10th; 7 doubles
• T-25th; 5 home runs
 
OREGON STATE CAREER RECORDS
Frankie Hammoude
• Needs three home runs to tie Missy Nunes for tenth place (26).
Mariah Mazon
• Ranks 5th in strikeouts (594) … Needs 101 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 7th in complete games (64) … Needs four more to pass Joan Harvey (1982-85).
Missy Nunes
• Ranks 10th in home runs (26) … Needs two more to pass Kelly Petersen (2002-05) for ninth place.
 
OREGON STATE SEASON RECORDS
Frankie Hammoude
• Ranks 7th in home runs (12); tied with five other seasons - Hope Brandner (2018), Lisa Allen (2005), Tarrah Beyster (1997, 1998, 1999) … Needs one more to tie Audrey Roderfield (2009) and Adrienne Alo (2005) for fifth place. 
Mariah Mazon
• Needs 35 more strikeouts to tie Kelly Dyer (2008) and Crystal Draper (2001) for ninth place (192).
 
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. 2 UCLA
• UCLA is ranked second 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 Bruins are 22-2 on the season with a 5-1 conference record.
• UCLA opened the season 15-1 before starting its conference slate. 
• The Bruins started with a 7-0 win against Fresno State (2/12) before playing two doubleheaders (Cal State Fullerton - 2/20, Loyola Marymount (2/21) for four wins and a single game in five innings against San Diego State (2/24).
• To close out February and begin play in March, UCLA played Oregon for two games and two wins in Arizona (2/28-3/1). The Bruins also saw a single game against Utah for a win (3/1).
• Before conference play, UCLA earned seven more wins from single games against Cal State Fullerton (3/3), San Jose State (3/7), and UC San Diego (3/9) and doubleheaders against UC Santa Barbara (3/11) and UNLV (3/12).
• The Bruins opened Pac-12 play at home hosting Arizona State (3/19-21) for four wins before their second series against California was canceled. 
• Getting back to the field, UCLA most recently fell in game one against Oregon (4/9) before winning the final three games of the series.
• Rachel Garcia leads the team in both the circle and the batter's box. She owns a .55 ERA with 66 strikeouts from 38 innings pitched and three complete games. With a bat, Garcia leads with a .415 batting average and a .878 slugging average.
• Briana Perez has hit the most home runs (7) with Delanie Wisz batting in 23 runs to top the team's RBI.
• Each of the Bruins' active players have hit at least one home run on the season.
• In the field, Alyssa Garcia leads with 131 putouts while Perez has the most assists (29).
• Megan Faraimo has spent the most time in the circle (66.1 innings), tallying 97 strikeouts for 10 wins in six complete games. Faraimo has compiled a 0.95 ERA.
 
AGAINST THE BRUINS
• UCLA holds the 103-15 lead in the all-time series.
• The Bruins last played the Beavers for three wins in 2019. In game one, the Beavers scored first but ultimately fell, 8-1. In game two, OSU was able to score two runs but the Bruins took the game in five innings with 10 runs. Oregon State lost, 7-0, in the final game of the series.
• The Beavers last beat UCLA in April 2017, taking two in their three-game series. Game one saw an 8-0 win in five innings before the Bruins took game two, 7-5. For game three, OSU earned an 8-5 win. 
 
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
• Upon their return home from Los Angeles, the Beavers head back to California for a series at Stanford after their bye weekend. 
 
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).