Oregon Tech is one victory away from NAIA crown

GULF SHORE, Ala. — Oregon Tech catcher Kayde Schaefer came up with the big swing and Jackie Imhof recorded her fifth win in national tournament action as the No. 18 Owls upset top-ranked Cal Baptist University 1-0 Tuesday to advance to today's NAIA national championship game.

Schaefer allowed one hit and struck out nine for the Owls (41-12), who will play either Cal Baptist (64-4) or No. 6 Belhaven University (50-11).

Schaefer blasted the game-winning home run in the bottom of the sixth.

Oregon Tech is the lone unbeaten team in the tournament and needs to win once today to claim the title.

Former North Medford standout Taylor Schmidt pitched Oregon Tech to its second victory Monday.

Schmidt went 41/3 innings in a 4-2 win over Belhaven. She allowed four hits and both runs, but only one was earned. She had no strikeouts and one walk.

Schmidt had two hits and ex-Crater player Ashleigh Larson had an RBI single in their team's win over No. 7 Lubbock Christian earlier Monday.

LINFIELD WINS DIVISION III TITLE — At Salem, Va., Grants Pass native Karleigh Prestianni's home run helped lift Linfield to a 6-2 victory over Christopher Newport (Va.) in the NCAA Division III championship game.

Ranked No. 1 all season long, Linfield finished 51-3, setting a Division III record for victories.

Prestianni, a sophomore, smacked her 14th homer of the season.

OREGON 7, PORTLAND 2 — At Portland, Oregon scored six runs in the first two innings of the nonconference game.

Oregon (30-26-1) got solid pitching from junior right-hander Scott McGough.

In a season-high 52/3 innings, McGough (3-6) shut out Portland on three hits and struck out a career-high eight batters.

Oregon had 10 hits, including two each by J.J. Altobelli, Ryon Healy and Danny Pulfer.

Pulfer extended his hitting streak to 11 games, batting 2-for-3 with a triple that led off the game. Healy was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

The Ducks host No. 2 Oregon State in a three-game series this weekend.

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