Raiders earn twin bill sweep of EOU

LA GRANDE — The Southern Oregon University softball team came away with its second straight Cascade Conference sweep and upped its winning streak to five with a sweep over Eastern Oregon on Friday.

The Raiders won the opener 5-4, then took the nightcap 8-3.

In the opener, Eastern took advantage of an error to score a pair of runs in the first inning for an early 2-0 lead.

Southern Oregon (7-8, 4-0 CC) came back in the third. Freshman Melissa Corn reached on an error and sophomore Lauren Keel drove in Corn with a double down the left-field line.

Eastern added another run in the bottom of the frame on a leadoff solo home run by Emily Anderson.

In the top of the fourth, sophomore Irene Barrantes nailed her fifth homer of the year, a two-run shot to tie the game at 3-3.

The Raiders finally got the lead in the fifth as junior Brooke Springer singled and scored on a base hit by junior Katie Moy for a 4-3 lead. The lead didn't last long, however, as Anderson blasted her second home run of the game in the bottom of the frame to tie it again at 4-4.

SOU again took the lead in the top of the seventh when Danielle Batson singled to start off the inning and then scored on a single by Moy.

Starting pitcher Jordyn Kurtz then retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh to pick up her second straight victory.

Batson, Moy and Rayna Okimoto all had two hits to lead the Raiders in the opener.

In the second game, Springer opened the game with a bunt single, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a single by Okimoto.

Mischa Meyer made the score 2-0 on her first career home run and a bases-loaded walk put the Raiders up 3-0.

SOU pulled away with a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth on a three-run shot by Okimoto.

Jessica Flores went the distance for the Raiders, allowing just three runs and four hits for her first victory of the year.

Gia Dimaggio and Okimoto each had three hits.

Track and Field

DISTANCE CARNIVAL — At San Francisco, James Johnstone turned in an NAIA "A" Standard Qualifying mark to lead Southern Oregon at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.

Johnstone won the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 9:11.31. The time is a personal best for Johnstone and the third fastest time in school history in the steeplechase.

Teammate Dennis McCaffrey finished fifth in the event, turning in a time of 9:22.41, which is good for a "B" qualifying time and now ranks as the fifth fastest time in school history.

In the women's steeplechase, Tara Krempley finished 12th in a time of 11:29.82. The time gives Krempley a "B" qualifying mark.

Sophomore Seena Frantz also secured a "B" qualifying time in the 5,000, finishing in 17:49.80.

In the men's 5,000, Zach Elliott and Ryan Sorenson each earned "B" qualifying times. Elliott finished 17th in 14:51.31 and Sorenson finished 19th in 14:54.82.

Freshman Mikayla Garrard turned in a pair of top 10 finishes. Garrard finished third in the 200 with a time of 26.06 and was sixth in the 100 in 13.06.

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