CALDWELL, Idaho — Pitching proved to be the difference for both teams as Southern Oregon and College of Idaho split a Cascade Collegiate Conference softball doubleheader Friday at Symms Field.
College of Idaho took the first game 1-0 and Southern bounced back with a 2-0 victory in the Game 2.
Southern Oregon is now 18-17 overall and 8-11 in conference play this season. College of Idaho goes to 29-13 overall and 12-10 in the CCC.
The Raiders (18-17, 8-11 Cascade) complete their road swing today with another twin bill against Eastern Oregon in La Grande.
C of I pitcher Nickayla Skinner limited the Raiders to three hits to earn the shutout victory in the opener, while Jordyn Kurtz took the tough-luck loss after yielding one run on four hits in six innings. The game was a pitchers' duel all the way to the final frame, as the Yotes (29-13, 12-10) started the seventh with back-to-back singles before scoring the game-winning run on a wild pitch.
The second game proved to be another low-scoring affair as the teams again combined for seven total hits. Karlie Stephens earned the win for the Raiders with the shutout, while Skinner took the loss after giving up two runs on three hits in her second complete-game effort of the day.
UCLA 4, OREGON STATE 0 — At Corvallis, Adam Plutko took a no-hitter into the seventh inning for No. 11 UCLA to open the three-game series at Goss Stadium.
Michael Conforto ended Plutko's no-hit bid when he opened the seventh with a single. Ryan Gorton also singled during the frame for the Oregon State, but that's all the damage the Beavers could inflict on the UCLA starter, who improved to 5-2 this season. He worked 72/3 innings and allowed four walks with five strikeouts.
Ben Wetzler worked 62/3 innings for the Beavers (24-12, 6-7 Pac-12), allowing six hits and four runs before being replaced by Scott Schultz with two runners on in the seventh. Wetzler struck out four but also issued four walks and took the loss to drop to 4-2 this season.
OREGON 6, WASHINGTON STATE 2 — At Eugene, a solid start from pitcher Alex Keudell and a pair of extra-base hits from Kyle Garlick led eighth-ranked Oregon to a series-opening victory at PK Park.
Oregon (27-10, 11-5) took a first-inning lead as back-to-back singles from Aaron Payne and Ryon Healy set the table for Garlick, who hit a two-run, two-out triple to put Washington State (18-16, 5-7) behind 2-0 early.
The two-run lead was all Keudell (6-3) needed as the senior pitched seven solid innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits, and tying a season high with seven strikeouts.
Oregon extended its lead to 5-1 in the fourth as Garlick led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run, to claim his fifth round-tripper of the season. Thomas Walker continued the inning with a double to left center, before scoring on Kevin Shepherd's RBI single up the middle. Shepherd moved into scoring position on the play, and scored after stealing third as the throw from catcher Collin Slaybaugh was wide of the bag, allowing Shepherd to score on the error.
Relievers Tommy Thorpe, and Jimmie Sherfy kept the lead intact for Keudell. Thorpe struck out three batters, while Sherfy struck out two. Sherfy has 55 strikeouts on the year in 361/3 innings.
Garlick finished his day 2-for-3 with three RBIs and one run scored, while Payne added two hits as well.