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CORVALLIS, Oregon- Oregon State (3-2) travels to San Diego to host the Torero Classic by the University of San Diego. The Beavers will play five games in two days.

Friday February 18

Oregon State vs. South Dakota State – 9:00 a.m. PT
Oregon State vs. UC Riverside – 11:30 a.m. PT

Saturday February 19

Oregon State vs. DePaul – 9:00 a.m. PT

Sunday February 20

Oregon State vs. Iowa – 9:00 a.m. PT
Oregon State vs. San Diego – 2:00 p.m. PT

FOLLOW THE BEAVES:

• Links (if available) to live streams and live stats will be available on the softball program page on OSUBeavers.com
• Follow @BeaverSoftball on Twitter for the latest 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 through BeaverTickets.com and 1-800-GO-BEAVS.

HAMMOUDE – WHERE SHE STOPPED:

• After breaking the OSU single-season program record for home runs, junior Frankie Hammoude started the 2022 campaign where it left off. The first baseman drove in 10 hits, making it 10 for 16 (.625) with five homers, 10 runs batted in, one walk and five runs scored.
• Hammoude ended the week with back-to-back multi-hit contests against Texas State and New Mexico State. She had her third solo shot of the weekend against the Bobcats and recorded a grand slam in Sunday’s final against New Mexico State, earning a career-high seven RBIs to end the weekend. -end.
• Against No. 2 Alabama, Hammoude fired a solo shot into second starting pitcher Montana Fouts, which helped her earn Pac-12 Player of the Week after Tuesday’s conference announcement.

FROM THE CIRCLE:

• Beavers bring pitcher back to 2022 roster from last season as veteran Mariah Mazon.
• New to the pitching squad and joining Mazon are four new faces, including a transfer Tarni Stepto who was a member of the Australian national team and helped the team win a bronze medal last summer at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. To complete the freshman pitching class includes Morgan Flesland, Ainsley Lambert and Sarah Haendiges.
• Mazon (1-2) played in four games last weekend, pitching a full game against Texas State on Sunday and tying a career-high 13 strikeouts.
• Mazon recorded a 2.84 ERA last weekend, starting against No. 2 Alabama, and had six strikeouts in seven innings.
• Haendiges was impressive on her first career outings with Beaver last weekend. The Upland, Calif., native pitched a total of seven innings for the Orange & Black, allowing just four hits in three games. She earned her first win over New Mexico State on Sunday after pitching all five full innings with a career-high seven strikeouts.
• Stepto followed Haendiges with an outstanding two-game weekend for Orange & Black. The Australian national team member earned her first Beaver win in the circle against Southern Utah after pitching five innings that saw just two hits with six strikeouts.

KIKI (WE LOVE HER):

• On his first weekend with Oregon State, rookie Kiki Escobar made a name for himself early in his career at Beaver.
• Recorded eight hits, second on the team behind Hammoude, in 16 plate appearances with a .444 batting average.
• The Oxnard, Calif., native finished the weekend with two three-hit outings against Texas State and New Mexico State to go along with two runs scored.
• She is one of three Beavers this season to walk and one of two to steal a base.

ISRAEL GOT (TLIEB) A VOUCHER:

• Shortly after being announced to the Israeli national team, rookie Eliana Gottlieb went 7 for 16 with three doubles, a home run and five RBIs in her opening weekend with Oregon State.
• Gottlieb started in all five outfield games for the Orange & Black.

KEY TURNERS:

Grace Messmer returns for his second season after starting 44 games at third base or shortstop for the Beavers. Messmer was second on the team with six doubles, fourth with 32 hits and fifth with 12 RBIs. Last weekend, Messmer started in all five games, mostly at third base.
• On the pitch, Messmer ranked second with 69 assists and third with five braces last season and led the team last weekend with 10 assists. Behind the plate, Messmer had two hits, including a two-run shot in the sixth in OSU’s season opener against New Mexico.
• Second year Charity Sevaaetasi returns in 2022 after starting 43 games as a utility player for the 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). Last week, Sevaaetasi was one of 11 Beavers with multiple hits in the season-opening five-game weekend.
• Gin Xiao started in 45 games at second base in his first COVID season. Xiao ranked third on the team with six doubles after finishing the season with 24 hits to go along with five RIBs, six doubles, one triple and five runs. She started second in five games last weekend, scoring a brace in the final against New Mexico State.
madison simon returns for its first COVID season after starting 45 games in both the outfield and infield. Simon was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (February 16) after totaling seven hits in four games during the first weekend of the season. She finished with 26 hits, 10 RBIs, four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 20 runs scored. Last weekend, Simon had two RBIs and two hits for the Orange & Black.

NEW FACES:
The Beavers signed 15 newcomers to the 2022 roster, including 12 freshmen and three transfers.
• Transfers include Australian national team pitcher and bronze medalist Stepto, Arizona State receiver Harleigh Braswell and Utah infielder Savanah Whatley.
• First-year student Eliana Gottlieb was recently named to the Israeli national team and arrives with 11 other freshmen in Riveras, Erin Mendoza, Kaylah Nelson, Anna CarrionFlesland, Kiani NakamuraLambert, Kiki EscobarHandiges, Lici Campbell and Kristalyn Romulo.

COACHING PROFILES:
The head coach Laura Berg hung up his boots after nearly 20 years playing softball and spent a year with the LAPD in 2010-11 before returning as an assistant coach for the 2012 season at Oregon State.
• Berg enters his 10th season as the Oregon State program helmer, recording four NCAA Tournament appearances.
• Associate Head Coach Marcie Green also has law enforcement experience. Green studied criminology at Fresno State and spent five years as a prison guard at Corcoran State Prison in California after graduating before starting coaching. Green works primarily with pitchers.
• Coach Assistant Eric Leyba returns for his fourth season on staff working with infielders and hitters.
• Volunteer Assistant Coach Shelly Prochaska is no stranger to Orange & Black. Prochaska played for former Beaver head coach Kirk Walker from 2000 to 2003 before becoming an undergraduate assistant in 2004. Prochaska is entering her third season under coach Berg.
Sarah Hoechlin is entering her first year as Director of Operations.

NATIONAL SOFTBALL:
Coach Berg is the most decorated American softball Olympian 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 coaching staff of the Women’s National Team in 2012 and served as an assistant before being named WNT Junior Head Coach in 2017. Most recently, Berg served as an assistant to the WNT which has won silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after softball returned to the Olympics.
• Junior Hammoude made her national team debut in the summer of 2019 after trying out and being part of the junior women’s national team.
• Hammoude helped JWNT become the 2019 WBSC U-19 World Cup champions after netting a three-point home run to equalize in the league game against Japan. The United States won the title.
• Sophomore Messmer was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team in the summer of 2019.
• Messmer helped Canada win bronze at the WBSC World Cup after landing a sack fly against Australia.
• Freshman Gottlieb recently made the Israel national team last winter.
• Newcomer Stepto helped the Australian national team win a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as a pitcher/hitter.

NCAA TOURNAMENT:
The Beavers reached the NCAA Tournament four times under head coach Berg. As a program, OSU has made 13 playoff appearances.
• The Beavers are 30-22 all-time in their 13 tournament appearances after two wins and two losses at the Tuscaloosa Regional in 2018.
• The last time OSU won a regional championship was in 2006 when they faced Nevada and No. 19 Baylor twice. OSU continued 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 YOU NEED:
Oregon State’s coaching staff is no stranger when it comes to the NCAA Tournament and the WCWS.
• Berg and Green played at Fresno State in the 90s and gained a lot of experience on the way to WCWS.
• Coach Berg played in 1994-95 and 1997-98, making three trips to the WCWS and winning the national championship in 1998.
• Coach Green played from 1990-1993 and appeared in three WCWS including a runner-up in 1990.
• Volunteer assistant coach Prochaska has appeared in the NCAA Region 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.