Beavers Prep for Fresno State Invitational

CORVALLIS, Ore. – After securing a winning weekend in the opener in Tampa, the Oregon State softball team will return to action in the Fresno State Invitational.

Opponent                                           Day/Time                                            Stats/Stream

Saint Mary’s (Calif.)                         Feb. 16/1 p.m.                                   StatBroadcast

Fresno State                                       Feb. 16/7 p.m.                                   StatBroadcast/MWN

Utah Valley                                         Feb. 17/10 a.m.                                 StatBroadcast

Fresno State                                       Feb. 17/4 p.m.                                   StatBroadcast/MWN

Utah Valley                                         Feb. 18/9 a.m.                                   StatBroadcast

Leading Off

• Following a 3-2 opening weekend, Oregon State will make their Pacific Time debut in Fresno, Calif.

• Oregon State will match up with Saint Mary’s (Calif.), Fresno State and Utah Valley in the Fresno State Invitational. 

• With five hits in last week’s USF-Rawlings Invitational, Lici Campbell leads OSU with 12 total bases, a .357 batting average and .857 slugging percentage.

• Campbell’s two home runs places her second in the league, just one off the league’s top mark.

• Ellie Garcia is one of just three pitchers in the Pac-12 with an unblemished ERA, after the first weekend.

• Garcia and Logan Hulon both find themselves in the Pac-12’s top 10 in Ks. Hulon is in seventh with 11 while Garcia sits in 10th with 10.

By the Numbers

0: In 10.0 innings of work, Garcia has yet to yield a free pass to first. It marks the longest stretch in her career.

2: OSU had two – Madi Simon (Puerto Rico; silver) and Grace Messmer (Canada; bronze) – medal in the fall’s Pan-American games in Chile.

2: This is the second time zone Oregon State has played in so far in 2024. Last week, the Beavs played in Eastern Time at South Florida.

3: Garcia is one of three in the Pac-12 to have an unblemished 0.00 ERA after the opening weekend.

5: OSU had two five-run innings last weekend, in the neutral win over Bethune-Cookman and the road win at USF.

16: The Beavers will play their next 16 games in the Pacific Time Zone. In the final month-plus of the season, they’ll have 19 straight in PT.

21: Logan Hulon (11) and Ellie Garcia (10) combined to retire 21 by strikes in the first weekend of ’24.

Willamette Valley to San Joaquin Valley

• Oregon State will make its Pacific Time debut at the 2024 Fresno State Invitational

• The Beavers will partake in Fresno for the first time since the 2017 season, where they split their four games.

The Opposition

• Oregon State will face hosts Fresno State, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) and Utah Valley in Fresno.

• The Beavers and Bulldogs have faced each other on 30 instances. Fresno State leads the series at 21-8-1 but the series is even (2-2-1) in the Berg era.

• OSU took the last matchup – a 5-0 win – over the Bulldogs in the 2019 campaign.

• Oregon State and Saint Mary’s will meet for the 27th time in a series that the Beavs lead by a 22-4 margin and 1-0 under the direction of Berg. 2015 was the last meeting with the Gaels where OSU prevailed in a 13-8 game.

• The Beavers and Wolverines will meet for the second consecutive season and fourth and fifth times ever this season. In last year’s matchup, Morgan Howey’s homer was the difference in a 3-2 win.

Early Efficiency

• After the first weekend, four Beavs – Savanah Whatley (.375), Lici Campbell (.357), Eliana Gottlieb (.357) and Grace Messmer (.308) – have registered .300+ batting averages.

Sister, Sister (x2)

•The Beavs have two pairs of sisters on the team: Abby and Paige Doerr of Coburg, Ore., and Deja and Tiara Westbrook of Arcadia, Calif.

Select Few Sisters

• Both Doerrs collected a hit in the 7-1 win at South Florida. The Coburg natives are one of just four sets of sisters in Division I softball to both have hits in the same game this season.

• Paige’s third inning double down the right field line was the first of her collegiate career, which also came in her debut. One at-bat later, she crossed home for the first time off Savanah Whatley’ssingle. 

We Know a Few From Fresno State

• Coach Berg starred for the Bulldogs as a student-athlete, leading Fresno State to a national championship from three WCWS trips.

• Coach Green also played a big role for FS in her playing days. She went to the WCWS three times and finished as a national runner-up before joining the staff as an assistant.

Tough Tests Early and Often

• Off Softball America‘s preseason poll, OSU has 17 games against seven schools in the initial top 25. The Beavers will play: #2 Tennessee, #4 Stanford (3), #10 UCLA (3), #13 Utah (3), #16 Oregon (3), #22 Washington (3) and #24 Florida.

Beaver Staff Notes

• Beaver fans will see a mix of familiar and new faces inside the dugout this season.

• Marcie Green makes her return to Oregon State where she will lead the pitching staff. She was previously in Corvallis from 2013-2022 where she capped it off with a trip to the Women’s CollegeWorld Series in her final season.

• Working primarily with the fielders and hitters, Matt Lisle joins Berg’s staff with years of experience in college softball, baseball and even Major League Baseball.

• Starting his journey from student manager in 2018, Dominic Garcia enters his first year as a member of the coaching staff. The Beaver alumnus worked his way up to head student manager to video coordinator last season and will oversee player development, technology and data.

• Entering her third year with the program is Sarah Hoechlin, who serves as the Director of Operations. The OSU alumna spent two years as a student manager before a stint with the Corvallis Knights.

Nine New Faces Join the Dam

• The Beavers welcomed nine new student-athletes, two transfers and seven freshmen.

• Hulon (Texas) and Deja Westbrook (Cal Baptist) came via the transfer portal to Corvallis.

• Alysa Del ValDoerrLeah MaysKaylee OhTaverli TennantTiara Westbrook and Ashley Wolfe all are freshmen.

Softball America Accolades

 Kiki Escobar was tabbed by the publication as the sixth-best second baseman in their preseason rankings.

• In their Top 100 List, she was ranked 95th while Sarah Haendiges placed a few spots ahead at 87th. 

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