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No. 23 Softball Preps for Home State Tournament

Mar 10, 2022

CORVALLIS, Ore. - No. 23/24 Oregon State (19-3), riding its 16-game winning streak, returns to action this weekend co-hosting the Oregon State/Oregon Tournament, March 11-13. The tournament highlights four games with three in Corvallis and the opening game being played in Eugene.

Friday, March 11
Oregon State vs. North Dakota State – 1:30 p.m. PT
Eugene, Ore.

Saturday, March 12
Oregon State vs. Portland State – 11:00 a.m. PT
Oregon State vs. Portland State – 1:30 a.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore. – Kelly Field

Sunday, March 13
Oregon State vs. North Dakota State – 1:30 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore. – Kelly Field

FOLLOW THE BEAVS:
• Links to live streams 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.

PAC-12 WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS:
• Through four weeks of play, the Beavers have collected three different conference weekly awards in just four weeks.

• Junior Frankie Hammoude got things started in the first week, being named Player of the Week. She reached base in all five games in the weekend opener, producing 10 hits (10-for-16) with five home runs, 10 runs batted in, one walk and five runs scored.

• Newcomer Kiki Escobar garnered Freshman of the Week in the second week for her first conference nod of her early Beaver career. Escobar reached base in all five games, producing a team-high nine hits and went 9-for-19 (.474) with two doubles, six RBIs, one walk and three runs scored.

• On Tuesday, March 9, the conference announced that senior Mariah Mazon took home Oregon State's second Player of the Week honor of the season after her record-breaking performance at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

MIGHTY MAZON:
• Senior Mariah Mazon is dominating both in the circle and at the plate for the Beavers.

• Mazon threw her first no-hitter of the season and sixth of her career against CSUN at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in seven innings.

• At the MNCC, she struck out a combined 27 batters in three appearances (17.2 IP), collecting three wins in the Beavers' five games. Mazon surrender just eight hits and four walks over the course of the classic, giving up just one earned run.

• By the numbers: strikeouts (97), ERA (1.03), batting avg. (.350), hits (27), home runs (5), RBIs (22) and runs (22)

FROM THE CIRCLE:
• Mariah Mazon leads the team with eight wins, including three last weekend that included a complete game shutout victory against California Baptist. Against the Lancers, she gave up just four hits that included a weekend-high nine strikeouts. Mazon maintains an 1.03 ERA in 11 appearances.

• Tarni Stepto (7-0), the Australian National Team member, also earned three victories last weekend throwing her first career no-hitter performance against Robert Morris on Monday. Against the Colonials, Stepto delivered a career-best 15 strikeouts which is just one shy of tying the Beaver program record.

• The Aussie is second on the team with 42.2 frames pitched, allowing 19 hits with 64 strikeouts.

• Freshman Sarah Haenidges (4-0) threw a one-hit game against CSUN last weekend in her fourth complete game. In the win, she struck out six batters as the Beavers topped the Matadors on March 5. In her first season with the Beavers, Haendiges holds a 0.57 ERA in 31.2 innings with a total of 36 strikeouts.

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. With an injury to the OSU lineup at the MNCC, the versatile freshman has now started at second base for the Beavs.

• Last weekend, she registered a team-high 10 hits and five runs scored batting .400 from the plate.

• Escobar leads the Beavers with 31 hits on the season to go along with 10 RBIs and 18 runs.

ISRAEL GOT(TLIEB) A GOOD ONE:
• After being announced to the Israeli National Team, freshman Eliana Gottlieb has added 21 hits with 20 runs, 41 RBIs, and eight extra base hits for Oregon State. 

• In OSU's seven games in four days, she had her third and fourth career home runs, including a two-run shot on Monday against Robert Morris in the fifth inning.

• Gottlieb has started in all 22 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. Messmer has started in all 22 games for the Orange & Black.

• From the plate last weekend, Messmer tied for second on the team with eight hits including her second home run of the season against Robert Morris in the home-opener on Monday.  

• 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). At the MNCC, Sevaaetasi was called upon after an injury to the Beaver lineup and started in two of four appearances. She now has started primarily at third for the Orange & Black, going 5-for-17 in seven games last weekend and went yard three times to propel the Beavers.  

• 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 four hits and four RBIs after starting in all  

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

• The transfers include Australian National Team pitcher 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.

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