Vanessa Iapala

Vanessa Iapala

Player Profile


San Diego, Calif.

High School:
Bonita Vista


First Base/Catcher


Vanessa Iapala was one of just two Beavers to play and start all 72 games...saw majority of action at first base...was the most consistent player on the team...participated on the USA Softball Schutt Elite Team...became just the third player in school history since 1987 to earn All-America status after garnering second team accolades...earned first team All-Pacific Region honors...garnered second team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors...named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Mar. 10-16...led the squad in batting average (.333), hits (71), doubles (14), slugging percentage (.540), and on-base percentage (.394)...tied for the team-lead with 46 RBI...her 46 RBI ranked second in the OSU single season record book, while her 14 doubles ranked fifth and 71 hits ranked sixth...scored 35 runs and was a perfect 6-for-6 on stolen bases...ranked second on the team with 12 multiple RBI games and ranked third with 16 multiple hit games...matched the OSU record for home runs in a game with two against UAB (Feb. 7)...matched the school record for hits in a game with a 4-for-5 effort against Utah (Feb. 13), including the game-winning grand slam in the eighth inning...went 10-for-16 with 14 RBI in four games combined against Utah and Utah State...belted a home run against two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lori Harrigan in exhibition action (Feb. 22)...was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI against top-ranked UCLA (Mar. 14)...went 3-for-4 with a home run at No. 3 California (Apr. 4)...was 2-for-3 against No. 5 Washington (Apr. 17)...went 3-for-4 at Arizona State (May 7)...blasted the game-winning walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning against No. 6 Michigan (May 23) to lead the Beavers to the NCAA Regional Tournament Championship game...led the team with a .347 (25-for-72) batting average with runners in scoring position...boasted a .998 fielding percentage with 521 put-outs and 28 assists...helped turn 17 double plays...belted a grand slam in her first collegiate at-bat and hit a home run in her first at-bat as a sophomore...already ranks in the Top 10 in four OSU career batting categories (RBI, doubles, home runs, batting average).

2003: Saw action in 66 games making 65 starts, mostly at first base...boasted a .263 batting average with 50 hits and 31 of six players to record 50 or more hits on the year...ranked second on the team with 13 doubles...hit .259 in Pac-10 games and was tied for the team-lead with 10 RBI...belted four home runs on the season and blasted a grand slam in her first collegiate at-bat against BYU (Jan. 31)...reeled off a six-game hitting streak at the end of April...went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base against Florida Atlantic (May 17) in the NCAA Regional Tournament...knocked in both runs to lead the Beavers past No. 10 Florida State (May 16) in the NCAA Regional Tournament with a two-out single in the opening inning...went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored against No. 9 California (May 10)...was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double at No. 5 Washington (May 2)...went 3-for-6, with two RBI in two games against top-ranked Arizona (Apr. 26-27)...finished a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles against Southern Utah (Feb. 1)...finished with 12 multiple hit games and seven multiple RBI outings...ranked third on the squad with 15 two-out RBI...defensively was a part of a Pac-10 leading 26 double plays...boasted a .984 fielding percentage with 508 putouts and 29 assists...reached double figures in putouts in 17 games, including a season-best 15 at No. 13 Stanford (Apr. 5)...was a perfect 6-for-6 on stolen base attempts...Invited to participate in the USA Softball Junior National Team Camp during October of 2002.

Was a four-year starter for coach Lance Christensan...Named a second team All-American at the conclusion of her senior year in 2002...Earned CIF Division I Player of the Year honors in 2002...Four-time All-CIF first team selection...Four-time All-Metro League first team pick...Completed high school with a 3.2 GPA.

Born in San Diego, CA...Daughter of Deborah and Ronnie Iapala...Has three older brothers, Steven, Ben and Matthew and a younger sister, Veronica...A Health Development & Family Sciences major...Enjoys listening to music, shopping and watching television...Has several former prep teammates playing at Division I schools...Lists Andruw Jones as her favorite athlete...Chose Oregon State because, "It's away from home, but not too far."

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