Oregon Tech ends Raiders' six-game win streak

ASHLAND — The 22nd-ranked Oregon Tech softball team continued to come up big in the clutch Monday, prolonging its streak and ending Southern Oregon's with 3-1 and 7-3 wins in Cascade Conference play at University Field.

Cassidy Olson and Jessi Duncan hurled complete games and combined to allow one earned run in the 10th and 11th straight wins for the first-place Owls (17-5 overall, 10-0 CCC).

The only run charged to Olson was unearned. She kept the Owls in it in the opener until they broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with two runs, as Shauna Collins tripled in Danielle Sayres and then scored on a Tori Weatherford single.

SOU (8-10, 7-3), which had won six in a row, positioned itself to bounce back with a 3-0 edge through four innings of Game 2. But OIT struck in the fifth again, knocking out Raider pitcher Sydney White with four runs that were all unearned.

The tying and go-ahead runs scored when Tasha Silvius stroked a two-out single through the left side of the infield that brought home Tre Sullivan and Weatherford. Sullivan had earlier hit an RBI single to make the score 3-2, and Weatherford was hit by a pitch after McKenzie Shrum's sacrifice fly brought in first run of the frame.

The Owls tacked on the final runs in the seventh, when Weatherford sent her sixth home run of the season sailing over the center-field fence and Sadie Birch knocked a bases-loaded single past third.

Weatherford went 3-for-6 on the day, driving in three runs and scoring twice. Collins and Sayres had three hits apiece and combined to score five times.

SOU pitcher Brianne Craig managed the OIT lineup in Game 1, giving up five hits and two earned runs in her fourth straight complete game. She also pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the nightcap.

Though she was the victim of an unearned run in the first, Craig temporarily got off the hook in the fourth when Kassie Smith blooped a game-tying double into right field.

The Raiders grabbed their first lead in the first inning of the nightcap as Ashley Lowe doubled in Alexa Gonzalez, who had reached via error. In the third, the Raiders went up three when Tyler Burke led off with a single, scored on an error, and Anderson further capitalized with an RBI single.

Lowe, Smith and Megan Scherer registered two hits apiece for the Raiders.

Track and Field

RAIDERS HONORED — Southern Oregon University swept the Cascade Conference Red Lion Player of the Week track awards Monday as Eric Avila and Amelia Maguin got the nods.

Avila dominated the 49-person field in the 800 meters and Maguin did the same against 18 competitors in the 400 hurdles Saturday at Sacramento State's Hornet Invitational. Both now own the top times in the NAIA this season and have qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Championships in those events.

Avila, who already won national championships this school year for cross country and the indoor distance medley relay, raced to the third-best 800 time in school history, 1:50.89.

Maguin almost broke her own school record — 1:00.49, established last year — with a time of 1:00.56, which is nearly three second better than the next-fastest time in the NAIA thus far.


BEAVERS ASSIGNED REGIONAL — Oregon State will be the second seed in the NCAA University Park Regional Championships at Penn State.

Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event — who has a minimum Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.4 — were named to each of the six predetermined host sites.

Joining No. 12 Oregon State (196.615 RQS) at the University Park Regional April 5 will be No. 1 Florida (197.895), No. 15 Penn State (196.475), No. 23 New Hampshire (195.880), Kentucky (195.585) and Maryland (195.010).

The top 18 teams are seeded nationally, based on RQS, and placed into the bracket. The next 18 are placed geographically at one of the six sites.

The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Birmingham, Ala., April 18-20.

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