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Oregon State Travels to Arizona State for Top-25 Pac-12 Opening Series

Mar 17, 2022

THIS WEEK
• The 23rd-ranked Beavers open up Pac-12 play this weekend at No. 22 Arizona State for a three-game series with the Sun Devils. Friday's game starts at 6 p.m. PT. Saturday's game begins at 4 p.m. PT followed by the Sunday series finale at 1 p.m. PT. All games will be available on ASU's live stream. Oregon State concludes the Arizona trip with a single game at Grand Canyon on Monday, March 21, beginning at 2 p.m. PT.

Friday, March 18
Oregon State at Arizona State – 6:00 p.m. PT
Tempe, Ariz. - ASU Live Stream

Saturday, March 19
Oregon State at Arizona State – 4:00 p.m. PT
Tempe, Ariz. - ASU Live Stream

Sunday, March 20
Oregon State at Arizona State – 1:00 p.m. PT
Tempe, Ariz. - ASU Live Stream

Monday, March 21
Oregon State at Grand Canyon – 2:00 p.m. PT
Phoenix, Ariz. – ESPN+

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.

SCOUTING THE ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVIL
• Arizona State brings a 19-5 record into Pac-12 play, with an eight-game winning streak. The Sun Devils are hitting .338 as a team with 40 home runs and 43 doubles, averaging 6.5 runs per game.
• Yannira Acuna is first on the team in batting average (.492), hits (31) and home rune runs (8). Cydney Sanders leads the squad with 27 Runs batted in and is hitting .466, which is second on the team, with seven homers, which is also second on the team. Alynah Torres is also one of five Sun Devils with 20+ hits with a team-high 10 doubles, batting .403.
• Mac Morgan is 9-1 with a 1.10 earned run average and 34 strike outs in 44 2/3 innings. Marissa Schuld is 6-2 with a 1.34 ERA and team-best 65 strikeouts in 41.2 innings while Lindsay Lopez is 3-1 with a 0.85 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 41 frames.

THE SERIES: OREGON STATE VS. ARIZONA STATE
• Arizona State leads the all-time series with Oregon State 40-84 and have 18-8 record over the Beavers in Tempe. The Beavers and Sun Devils have split the last 10 matchups (5-5). Last season, the Orange & Black took the three-game series winning two including the series finale by a score of 5-3 in Corvallis.

BEAVERS AT A GLANCE
• Oregon State went 5-1 last week, including a home-opening sweep over Robert Morris on Monday, March 7. The OSU pitching staff of Mariah Mazon, Sarah Haendiges and Tarni Stepto combined to throw no-hitters during the two games. Mazon and Haenidges collectively threw the no-hitter in the first game while Stepto delivered her first no-no performance in the finale.
• The Beavers' 17-game winning streak was snapped to the hands of Portland State on Saturday after splitting the doubleheader. In the win over the Vikings, OSU scored nine runs in the sixth inning to take down PSU. Frankie Hammoude and Kaylah Nelson both hit two home runs in the frame while Kiki Escobar had a two-run RBI double. Eliana Gottlieb walked things off with an RBI single up the middle.
• Escobar led the team last week with nine hits (.391 BA), including two multi-base hits. Hammoude went yard for the ninth time this season while Nelson, Grace Messmer and Gottlieb were second on the team with seven total hits.
• Stepto was one strikeout shy of tying a program record 16 against Robert Morris in her no-no performance and is now 8-1 in the circle with a 1.91 ERA in 56 2/3 innings.
• Heandiges was perfect in the circle last weekend, earning two wins in two complete games. She tossed 14 innings, striking out 39 with a 2.57 ERA and improved to 6-0 during her freshman campaign.

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

ON DECK
• The Beavers return home next weekend for a series with Stanford. The three-game weekend begins on Friday, March 25 at 6 p.m. PT, continues on Saturday, March 26 at 5 p.m. PT and concludes on Sunday, March 27 at 12 p.m. PT.

• All three games will be available on the Pac-12 Network, with watch links available on the softball schedule page.

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