Raiders split with Hawks

Senior Karri Johnson pitched a complete-game victory as Southern Oregon split with Holy Names in the final day of the SOU Invitational at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Sunday.

Holy Names battled back to win the opener 12-11 in 10 innings, while Southern Oregon scored a 5-3 victory in the second game.

Southern Oregon scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the third before Holy Names answered with a two-run home run by Kaitlyn Stutz in the bottom of the inning.

While Johnson was busy blanking the Holy Names' offense, the Raiders finally broke the tie in the sixth. After a double by pinch-hitter Irene Barrantes, pinch hitter Mischa Meyer gave the Raiders the lead for good with a run-scoring single and a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the seventh, Rayna Okimoto scored on an error and then Emily Matekel drove home the final run.

Johnson picked up her first victory of the year, going all seven innings and striking out five.

Okimoto led the SOU offense with three hits.

The opening game was all offense.

A home run by Stutz gave the Hawks an early 2-0 lead before Barrantes tied the game with a two-run home run. On the next pitch, Sierra Anderson made it 3-2 with her homer.

In the fifth, Barrantes did it again with another two-run home run for a 5-2 SOU lead.

Okimoto added her fifth home run to cap a three-run sixth inning.

Holy Names came back in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs to cut the advantage to 8-4.

The Hawks then scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to push the game to extra innings.

In the 10th, Okimoto scored to provide the Raiders an 11-10 edge. In the bottom of the frame, an unearned run and double by Monique Aguilar gave the Hawks the victory.

Barrantes and Danielle Batson each had three hits for the Raiders (3-8).

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