SOU softball splits in season debut

ROCKLIN, Calif. — The third-ranked Southern Oregon softball team went 1-1 on its opening day, dropping a 4-2 opener to William Jessup (Calif.) and turning around to win 6-5 against No. 18 Simpson (Calif.) on Friday.

Senior catcher Harlee Donovan hit an RBI single in the first inning of the loss and a two-run home run in the first inning of the win. Freshman Hannah Shimek produced run-scoring singles in her first two at-bats against Simpson to put the Raiders up 4-0.

They gave up four unearned runs in the top of the third, but freshman Tayler Walker took back the lead in the bottom half with a double to left field that plated Mackenzie Evangelisti. In the fifth, Olivia Mackey made it 6-4 by delivering an RBI single in her first plate appearance as a Raider to score Walker, who went 2-for-3.

Karlee Coughlin worked 5 1/3 innings for the win. She surrendered 10 hits but only one of the five runs to her name was earned. Morgan Jones relieved her with one in, two on and one out in the sixth and retired all five batters she faced for the save.

Gabby Sandoval went all six innings for SOU against William Jessup and was charged with two earned runs. She struck out six, walked three and yielded six hits.

Jessup scored two in the first after shortstop Kelsey Randall's two-out throwing error. The Warriors then went scoreless until the fifth, when Natalie Basaldua hit a two-out, two-run single to make it 4-1.

The Raiders got one back in the sixth on Hannah Wessel's RBI triple but were set down in order in the seventh. Shelbi Graifman earned the complete-game victory, striking out five during a four-hitter in which she didn't allow an earned run.

Coughlin and Randall both went 3-for-7 on the day on the day for SOU.

The Raiders will remain in Rocklin today to play Jessup again at 8:45 a.m. and Menlo (Calif.) at 1:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball

WALLA WALLA 73, SOUTHERN OREGON 70: At College Place, Wash., not 48 hours removed from a painful home loss to Oregon Tech, the sting got worse for Southern Oregon on the road.

The Raiders (15-9, 10-5 Cascade Conference) came out flat but turned a 12-point second-half deficit into a 62-56 lead on Kenny Meyer's layup with 5:42 left. They committed six of their 16 turnovers inside the final five minutes, however, and missed a potential game-tying free throw with four seconds remaining.

SOU had a 65-64 edge and the ball with 1:46 left when Wesley Burke came up with a steal that he turned into a transition layup. WWU's Alec Calloway did the same thing 14 seconds later, and Burke's 3-pointer with 54 seconds on the clock made it 71-67.

Ben DeSaulnier's layup on the other end cut the lead in half and, following a defensive stop, Jordan Hunt was fouled going up with four seconds left. He hit the first free throw but the second rimmed out.

Hunt scored 15 of his 17 in the second half to get the Raiders back in the game and finished 8-of-13 from the field with 10 boards. Meyer totaled 15 points, five assists and four rebounds. Tate Hoffman and Aaron Borich scored 10 apiece.

The Wolves (6-19, 2-13) were up 35-26 at halftime after holding the Raiders to 10-of-28 shooting. SOU shot 61 percent (17-of-28) in the second half.

The teams will play again at 8:30 p.m. today.

Women's Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 75, WALLA WALLA 46: At College Place, Wash., the No. 9 Southern Oregon women's basketball team forced 37 turnovers in the rout.

The Raiders (21-2, 13-2 Cascade Conference) raced out to a 20-2 lead in the first seven minutes and never looked back. Senior point guard Toria Bradford shot 6-of-9 with a pair of 3-pointers for 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Ariel Augustine and Remi Mejia scored 13 points apiece and Delaney Sparling hit three of SOU's 11 3-pointers for 11 points off the bench.

The Raiders only shot 36 percent but grabbed 31 offensive rebounds, matching their highest total of the season, and got up 80 field-goal attempts to just 35 for Walla Walla. Destinee Jones grabbed five offensive boards while Nitteayah Barfield, Augustine and Bradford all had four.

Alyssa Blankenship's 15 points paced the Wolves, who dropped to 1-13 in the CCC.

The teams will match up again at 6:30 p.m. today.

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