Softball to Host Cathedral City Classic
Feb. 24, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD -- The Oregon State softball team (4-6) heads to the Cathedral City Classic. The four-day tournament begins on Thursday. Oregon State will take on the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners (8-1) first on Friday at 6:00 p.m. before the Fordham Rams (3-1) at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Beavers will face the No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-4) at 3:30 p.m. before the Syracuse Orange (2-3) at 6:00 p.m. The team wraps up tournament play against the No. 13 Texas Longhorns (11-0) on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
FOLLOWING THE BEAVS -- Full results from this week's games can be found through the newly redesigned www.osubeavers.com. Live stats are available for all of the games through Gametracker. Gametracker can be found by accessing the 2010 Oregon State softball schedule.
All scores and live stats from the 2010 Cathedral City Classic can be found on the official tournament page at http://www.osubeavers.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/cathedral-classic.html.
TRACK THE TEAM ON TWITTER -- Get frequent updates on the Oregon State softball team by following OregonStateSB on Twitter. Links to stories, pictures from the road and much more will be tweeted through the official Oregon State softball Twitter.
GAME 11: NO. 9 OKLAHOMA SOONERS (8-1) -- Friday, Feb. 26 (6:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 2-9 all-time against Oklahoma and 2-7 under Kirk Walker. The two teams last met on February 4 with Oklahoma taking the 4-1 win. Oregon State's last win was on March 19, 1998 in a 3-1 decision.
Oklahoma boasts an 8-1 record to start the 2010 season, falling only to No. 16 Tennessee at the National Collegiate Softball Invitational opening weekend. The team has since defeated No. 21 Northwestern and No. 12 California. This week in the polls, the Sooners are ranked as high as ninth in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25, while ranked 12th in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25. Junior first baseman Haley Nix paces the Sooner offense with a .440 batting average with 11 hits, including four doubles a triple and two home runs, 11 runs and 10 RBI. Junior outfielder Chana'e Jones and senior catcher Lindsey Vandever both post .400-plus batting averages as well. In the circle, freshman left-handed pitcher Keilani Ricketts has a 5-1 record with a 1.12 ERA, throwing 31.1 innings of work with 40 strikeouts, holding opponents to a .153 batting average and earning three shutouts. Sophomore Kirsten Allen is a perfect 2-0 with a 1.05 ERA. The Sooners are coached by Patty Gasso in her 17th season at the helm. Oklahoma is 7-1 at neutral sites.
GAME 12: FORDHAM RAMS (3-1) -- Friday, Feb. 26 (8:30 p.m.): Oregon State is 2-0 all-time against Fordham. The Beavers won 2-1 on February 22, 2008, in the two teams' last meeting.
Fordham opened its weekend defeating Morehead State twice and Quinnipiac, but falling to Longwood. Junior infielder Samantha Pellechio led the Rams' offense, hitting .583 with four runs and four RBI on seven hits. Junior Jocelyn Dearborn also posted a .500 weekend with a double, triple and a pair of RBI. In the circle, sophomore Jen Mineau collected a complete and combined game shutout, going 2-0 without giving up any runs in 13.0 innings of work, striking out 31. She only gave up one hit to hold opponents to a .024 batting average. Head coach Bridget Orchard is in her ninth season. The Rams will face No. 19 Texas A&M, San Diego State and No. 13 California before the Beavers.
GAME 13: NO. 16 OHIO STATE (6-4) -- Saturday, Feb. 27 (3:30 p.m.): Oregon State is 7-0 all-time against Ohio State. The Beavers took the last meeting on February 23, 2008 in a 9-8 decision, upsetting the No. 18 Buckeyes.
Ohio State is currently ranked 16th in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25, 17th in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25, boasting a 6-4 overall record. The Buckeyes went 2-3 last weekend, defeating Stetson and Rhode Island but falling to No. 8 Alabama three times. The team's other loss came in its home opener against Houston, but then later defeated No. 15 Baylor and No. 22 Louisville in the opening weekend. Senior catcher Sam Marder continues to lead the Ohio State offense, posting a .462 batting average with a 1.385 slugging percentage with eight home runs, 13 RBI on 12 hits being walked 11 times. Senior outfielder Courtney Pruner also posts a batting average above .400 (.438) with a pair of home runs on 14 total hits. Freshman pitcher Melanie Nichols is a perfect 2-0 in the circle with a 1.25 ERA on 21.2 innings of work. She has 23 strikeouts and holds opponents to a .159 batting average. Linda Kalafatis is in her 14th season as head coach of the Buckeyes, and the team will face No. 19 Fresno State and No. 21 Tennessee before Oregon State.
GAME 14: SYRACUSE (2-3) -- Saturday, Feb. 27 (6:00 p.m.): Saturday's game is the first meeting between the two teams.
Syracuse opened its season at the Louisiana-Lafayette Mardi Gras Tournament, coming out with a 2-3 record opening weekend with two wins over Bryant. The Orange hasn't competed since opening weekend. Freshman Veronica Grant paces the Syracuse offense with a .389 batting average on seven hits with a pair of doubles and three RBI. In the circle, senior Brittany Gardner hasn't given up a run, earning a complete shutout win on 10.0 innings of work. She has thrown 10 strikeouts and holds opponents to a .206 batting average. Syracuse is coached by Leigh Ross in her fourth season. The Orange will face Tennessee and No. 13 Texas before the Beavers.
GAME 15: NO. 13 texas (11-0) -- Sunday, Feb. 27 (9:00 a.m.): Oregon State is 1-3 all-time against Texas. The two teams last met on February 23 with the Longhorns taking the 11-9 win in eight innings. Oregon State's only win came on March 19, 1999, taking the game 2-1.
Texas is the only team to appear in each of the two polls with an unbeaten record, ranked 13th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 and 14th in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25. The Longhorns easily worked their way through the Marriott Houston Classic to pick up five wins, including one over No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette. Four Texas players have three home runs each with sophomore Courtney Craig leading the way with a .412 batting average, adding three doubles, nine runs and five RBI on her team-leading 14 hits. Freshman right-handed pitcher Blaire Luna paces the Texas pitching staff with a 5-0 record and 0.46 ERA. She has one complete game shutout in three appearances on 30.1 innings of work with a team-high 45 strikeouts, scattering only nine hits and holding opponents to a .093 batting average. Head coach Connie Clark is in her 14th season. The Longhorns will take on No. 19 Fresno State, No. 3 UCLA, Syracuse and UC Davis before taking on Oregon State on Sunday.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK -- Oregon State went 2-3 at the Aggie Classic, hosted by Texas A&M. The Beavers two wins came over Louisiana-Monroe in 8-2 and 6-5 decisions, but lost to Mississippi State twice (13-3, 6-5 (8) and No. 21 Texas A&M 6-4.
Freshman Ally Kutz hit her first career home run, tallying three RBI on that one hit. Senior Tarah Black and sophomore Paige Hall both tied the school record for most doubles in a single game with two each. Hall had three on the weekend. Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner hit her seventh home run of the season against Texas A&M.
BRENNER BOMBS -- Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner already has seven home runs on the season, 10 games into the season.. Against Southern Utah on Sunday, Feb. 14, Brenner broke the school record for most home runs in a single game with three, going a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs and six RBI.
CONFERENCE RECOGNITION -- Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the opening week of February 8-14 after her stellar performance at the Kajikawa Classic, hitting .500 (8-for-16) with six home runs, 16 RBI and 1.625 slugging percentage, while being perfect in the field. The award is Brenner's first, Oregon State's 34th.
season openers -- Oregon State is 10-14 in its season opener since 1987. Under head coach Kirk Walker, the Beavers are 7-9. The last time Oregon State won its season opener was in 2005 at UC Santa Barbara.
tough competition -- The Oregon State softball team will take on 10 teams ranked in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Preseason Top 25 Poll and the USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Poll. Six Pac-10 teams are included in that list in Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford and California. Other teams the Beavers will face are Oklahoma, Ohio State, Northwestern and UMass.
PAC-10 PREVIEW -- Oregon State was voted tie to finish seventh this season, receiving 10 votes. The defending national champion, Washington, was voted to win the conference title, receiving seven of the eight first place votes for 49 total points.
TICKET INFORMATION -- Tickets are available for home softball games by walk-up purchase only at the OSU Softball Complex. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children. Admission is free for Oregon State students with valid ID card.
2009 RECAP -- The 2009 season proved to be one of ups and downs for the Oregon State softball team. While the team received votes in the polls early in the season, fueled by victories over top 25 teams, eventually the team was unable to hold its votes and had to settle for another season just short of the NCAA Tournament, despite it marking the 13th consecutive season the team had a 25-plus win season. The Beavers upset 22nd-ranked Georgia in opening weekend before No. 25 Mississippi to wrap up the non-conference tournament schedule. Oregon State went on to upset more competition in the always stacked Pac-10 Conference, nabbing one away from No. 12 California at home before senior Paige Lowe boosted the Beavers over No. 9 Arizona State with a walk-off home run. Seven players earned All-Pac-10 honors with junior Audrey Roderfeld earning second team accolades and freshman Ashley Sanchez being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
OSU SOFTBALL COMPLEX -- The Oregon State softball complex opened in April of 2001. The $1.5 million dollar complex features 750 bleacher backed seats, a concession and restroom facility, as well as one of the top playing surfaces in the nation. The sunken dugouts each contain a restroom for players as well as large storage areas. The press box facility, one of the best in the Pac-10, allows ample seating for six scorers in the main booth with two smaller television/radio booths located on both sides. A state-of-the-art sound and public address system are housed in the press box. Oregon State has hosted seven fall tournaments since the OSU Softball Complex opened in 2001. The facility was home of the 2006 NCAA Regional and Super Regional Tournaments - with Oregon State winning both, and earning its first ever trip to the NCAA Women's College World Series. Additional bleacher seating was added for the NCAA postseason games and a plan is in the works to add lights to the facility.
what's next for the beavers -- The Beavers stay on the road, heading to the CSUF Worth Classic in Fullerton, Calif. Oregon State will face No. 22 Northwestern, UC Davis, Pacific, Loyola Marymount and Cal State Fullerton.
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