Five games await the opening weekend of the softball season

CORVALLIS, Oregon- Oregon State Softball opens the 2022 season at the Candrea Classic with games scheduled against New Mexico, Southern Utah and No. 2 Alabama while playing a pair of games in Las Cruces, NM against the State of Texas and the State of New Mexico.

Friday February 11
Oregon State vs. New Mexico – 2:30 p.m. PT
Hillenbrand Stadium, Tucson, Arizona (Arizona Live Stream)

Saturday February 12
Oregon State vs. Southern Utah – 12 a.m. PT
Hillenbrand Stadium, Tucson, Arizona (Arizona Live Stream)
Oregon State vs. Alabama – 2:30 p.m. PT
Hillenbrand Stadium, Tucson, Arizona (Arizona Live Stream)

Sunday February 13
Oregon State vs. Texas State – 9:30 a.m. PT
Las Cruces, NM, NM State Softball Complex (live stats available)
Oregon State at New Mexico State – 12 p.m. PT
Las Cruces, NM, NM State Softball Complex (WAC Digital Network)

FOLLOW THE BEAVES:
• Links 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.

FROM THE CIRCLE:
• Beavers bring pitcher back to 2022 roster from last season as veteran Mariah Mazon.
• Mazon recorded a 2.30 ERA in 2021, posting 14 wins in 36 appearances.
• Mazon pitched 204.0 total innings, 23 complete games and six shutouts while striking out 204 batters.
• Mazon also returns after winning the All-Pacific Second Team as a junior. In 2020, Mazon was named to the Softball America Third Team All-America. She earned NFCA All-Region Second-Team and Pac-12 All-Conference Second-Team honors as a sophomore, while during her freshman campaign she finished with an honor of the third team of all Pac-12 conferences and was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman. Team.
• 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.

KEY TURNERS:
Frankie Hammoude begins his junior campaign in 2022. Hammoude started in all 46 games at first base and was named the Pac-12 First Team and All-Pacific Region First Team in 2021.
• Hammoude returns to lead the team with a .360 BA after recording 49 hits including 17 homers, breaking an OSU single-season program record, along with 41 RBIs and rushing percentage. slugging of 0.765. Hammoude posted a .456 on-base percentage with 24 runs scored.
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.
• On the pitch, Messmer ranked second with 69 assists and third with five double plays.
• 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).
Xiao Gin started in 45 games at second base in his first COVID season. Gin 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.
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.

NEW FACES:
• The Beavers have 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:
• Head coach Berg hung up her 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 start first year as director of operations.

NATIONAL SOFTBALL:
• Coach Berg is America’s most decorated 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 medals (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 became a member of the Israeli 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 the guidance of the head coach Laura 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 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.

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