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Oregon State Set for Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Feb 23, 2022

THIS WEEK:

Oregon State (7-3) makes its second journey to California for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Friday through Sunday. Every game will be streamed through FloSoftball this weekend.  

Friday, February 25

Oregon State vs. Tennessee – 3:30 p.m. PT

Oregon State vs. Baylor – 8:00 p.m. PT

Saturday, February 26

Oregon State vs. CSUN – 3:00 p.m. PT

Oregon State vs. Southern Utah – 7:30 p.m. PT

Sunday, February 27

Oregon State vs. UC San Diego – 11:30 a.m. PT

FOLLOW THE BEAVS:

• Links (if available) to livestreams and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page at OSUBeavers.com

• Follow @BeaverSoftball on Twitter for the most up-to-date news on all things Beaver Softball.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW:

• Season and single game tickets for the 2022 Oregon State softball season are available for purchase via BeaverTickets.com and 1-800-GO-BEAVS.

HAMMOUDE - WHERE SHE LEFT OFF:

After breaking the OSU single-season program record for home runs last year, junior Frankie Hammoude has started the 2022 campaign right where she left off. The first baseman has produced 14 hits, going 14-for-26 (.538) with a team-high six home runs, 11 runs batted in, eight walks and eight runs scored.

• At the Torero Classic last weekend, the first baseman was second on the team with two doubles and a home run including three runs scored and seven walks.

• Hammoude was named Pac-12 Player of the Week last week after her performance in the opening-weekend. It was the second time in her career after she knocked five bombs in five games and a career-high seven RBIs in OSU's 12-0 win over New Mexico State.

FROM THE CIRCLE:

The Beavers return one pitcher to the 2022 roster from last season in veteran Mariah Mazon.

• New to the pitching staff and joining Mazon are four new faces, including one transfer Tarni Stepto who was a member of the Australian National Team and helped the team win a bronze medal this past summer in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Rounding out the freshmen pitching class includes Morgan Flesland, Ainsley Lambert and Sarah Haendiges.

• Mazon (2-3) appeared in two games last weekend, tossing a team-high 15.0 innings and sealed a victory over Iowa in a complete 7-inning matchup. Against the Hawkeyes, Mazon allowed eight hits and struck out eight.   

• In Mazon's loss against South Dakota State on Friday, she tossed a season-high eight frames and delivered 13 strikeouts that ties a career-high after she did so against Texas State on Feb. 13.  

• In her second weekend of work, Haendiges (2-0) earned her second career Beaver victory against DePaul allowing just two hits in OSU's 10-0 win over the Blue Demons. She also tacked on her first career save, tossing two scoreless innings with four strikeouts against UC Riverside.

• Stepto (3-0) went 2-0 in the circle last weekend for the Orange & Black, garnering wins against UC Riverside and San Diego. She started the weekend winning the pitcher's duel against UCR after delivering a career-high 12 strikeouts and giving up three hits in 5.0 innings of work. Against USD, the Aussie pitcher gave up four hits to go along with six strikeouts in Sunday's finale.

KIKI (WE LOVE HER):

• Freshman Kiki Escobar has secured her spot in the Beaver lineup, serving as the leadoff and shortstop for the Orange & Black.

• Last weekend, she led the Beavers in hits (9) and RBIs (6) to seal the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week with a team-high batting average of .474.

• The Oxnard, Calif. reached base in all five games last week, producing two doubles, one walk and three runs scored.

• Escobar collected three multi-hit contests at the Torero Classic, including a weekend-high three against Iowa to go along with three RBIs.

• She added a .579 slugging percentage last weekend and now leads the team with 17 hits through ten games.

 ISRAEL GOT(TLIEB) A GOOD ONE:

• Shortly after being announced to the Israeli National Team, freshman Eliana Gottlieb has gone 10-for-31 (.323) with seven runs, six RBIs, and • At the Torero Classic, she registered three hits, an RBI, two walks and two runs scored.

• Gottlieb started in all 10 games in the outfield for the Orange & Black.

KEY RETURNERS:

• Grace Messmer returns for her sophomore season after starting 44 games at third base or shortstop for the Beavers. Messmer finished second on the team with six doubles, fourth with 32 hits and fifth with 12 RBI. Last weekend Messmer started in all five games, all at third base.

• In the field, Messmer ranked second with 69 assists and third with five double-plays last season and was third on the team last weekend with six assists. Behind the plate last weekend, Messmer collected two hits and three RBIs.

• Sophomore Charity Sevaaetasi returns in 2022 after starting 43 games as a utility player for head coach Laura Berg. Sevaaetasi led the team with 10 doubles and was ranked fourth in RBI (16) and tied for third in home runs (5). In OSU's opening weekend, Sevaaetasi was one of 11 Beavers to have collected multiple hits in the season-opening five-game event.

• Gin Xiao started in 45 games at second base in her COVID freshman season. Xiao ranked third on the team with six doubles after finishing the season with 24 hits to go along with five RIB, six doubles, one triple and five runs. She has started at second in all ten games this year, hitting a team-high two doubles last weekend.  

• Madison Simon returns for her COVID freshman season after starting 45 games in both the outfield and the infield. Simon was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (Feb. 16) after totaling seven hits in four games during the first weekend of the season. She finished with 26 hits, 10 RBI, four doubles, one triple, three home runs and 20 runs scored. Last weekend, Simon had two RBIs and two hits for the Orange & Black. In San Diego, Simon was second on the team in runs scored (4) and added four hits in four games.

NEW FACES:

• The Beavers signed 15 newcomers to the 2022 roster, including 12 freshmen and three transfers.

• The transfers include Australian National Team pitcher and bronze medalist Stepto, Arizona State catcher Harleigh Braswell and Utah infielder Savanah Whatley.

• Freshman Eliana Gottlieb was recently named to the Israeli National Team and comes in with 11 other freshmen in Des Rivera, Erin Mendoza, Kaylah Nelson, Anna Carreon, Flesland, Kiani Nakamura, Lambert, Kiki Escobar, Haendiges, Lici Campbell and Kristalyn Romulo.

COACHING PROFILES:

• 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 tenth season at the helm of the Oregon State program, recording four NCAA Tournament appearances.

• 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 fourth season on staff working with the infielders and batters.

• Volunteer Assistant Coach Shelly Prochaska is no stranger to the Orange & Black. Prochaska played for former Beaver head coach Kirk Walker from 2000-03 before becoming an undergraduate assistant in 2004. Prochaska is entering her third season under coach Berg.

• Sarah Hoechlin begins her first year as the Director of Operations.

NATIONAL SOFTBALL:

• Coach 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 two silver (2008 – Beijing, 2020 - Tokyo).

• 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 with the WNT that won silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games after softball returned to the Olympics.

• Junior 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 to 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. USA went on to capture the title.

• Sophomore Messmer was a member of the Junior National Canadian Team in the summer of 2019.

• Messmer helped Canada to a Bronze Medal finish at the WBSC World Cup after recording a sac fly against Australia.

• Freshman Gottlieb recently became a member of the Israeli National Team this past winter. 

• Newcomer Stepto helped the Australian National Team win a bronze medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as a pitcher/hitter.

NCAA TOURNAMENT:

• The Beavers have reached the NCAA Tournament four times under the direction of head coach 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.

KNOW WHAT IT TAKES:

• Oregon State's coaching staff is no stranger when it comes to the NCAA Tournament and WCWS.

• Both Berg and Green played at Fresno State in the '90s and gained plenty of experience in the path to the WCWS.

• Coach Berg played from 1994-95 and 1997-98 making it to the WCWS three times and won the national championship in '98.

• Coach Green played from 1990-93 and appeared in three WCWS, including a runner-up finish in 1990.

• Volunteer assistant coach Prochaska made a NCAA Regional appearance in all four seasons at Oregon State.

For more information on the Oregon State softball team, visit OSUBeavers.com or follow the team @BeaverSoftball on Twitter and Instagram.

OUR MISSION:
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).