SOU softball stays hot

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Northwest couldn't contain Southern Oregon's lineup for long Saturday as the Raiders took their winning streak to eight games with a 7-3, 11-0 sweep of the Eagles in Cascade Conference play at Cedar Park.

SOU (20-4, 7-1 CCC) poked 21 hits on the day, and Taylor Martinez and Davalin Ontiveros provided the big swings: Martinez launched a two-run homer, her fourth of the year, as the Raiders scored three times to break a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning of Game 1, and Ontiveros ripped a grand slam, SOU's first in five years, during an eight-run first inning in Game 2.

Gabby Sandoval went four innings to earn the first decision and improve to 10-3, though Victoria Mackey took the final three innings in relief and allowed just one hit — extending her scoreless streak to 12 2/3 frames. Karlee Coughlin went the distance in Game 2, which was cut off at five innings by the mercy rule, and went to 6-0 with six strikeouts, two hits and no walks.

Kelsey Randall went 5-for-7 to extend her hitting streak to nine games and stole four bases for the Raiders. Kayleen Smith went 4-for-7 with two hits in each game and stole four more.

The Eagles fell to 6-12 overall and 2-6 in the CCC. The teams are scheduled to play another doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. today, and the first game will be a conference counter.

Tied in the top of the fourth of Game 1, Kayleen Smith reached on a bunt single, swiped second base and was singled home with two outs by Rebecca Velasquez, who went 3-for-5 on the day. The next batter, Martinez, pulled her homer to right field, and Smith tacked on the final run with a single to score Randall in the sixth. Harlee Donovan and Randall had run-scoring hits earlier in the game.

The Raiders poured it on early in Game 2 as 10 of their first 11 batters reached base. After Randall's leadoff single, Smith and Donovan hit back-to-back doubles. And after three walks and a fielder's choice, Ontiveros sent her first home run of the year down the left field line.

Smith, Donovan, Velasquez and Randall each tacked on RBI singles. All four of them reached base four times.

The Raider defense also played error-free ball all day. They've committed two errors in their last five games.

Track and Field

HORNET INVITATIONAL: At Sacramento, in its second outdoor meet of the year, the Southern Oregon University track and field team appeared to be in mid-season form while taking down a couple school records and hitting four NAIA Championship qualifying marks at Sacramento State's Hornet Invitational.

Jessa Perkinson broke her own 1,500-meter record and the SOU women's 4x100-meter relay team set a new one, both while establishing automatic qualifying times. Zach Beltz reached the 'A' long jump standard for the second year in a row, and the men's 4x100 team notched a provisional qualifying time to headline another stellar day for the Raider sprinters. Thirty-three additional Cascade Conference qualifying marks were recorded.

Perkinson's time of 4 minutes 32.58 seconds made her sixth of 71 runners in the 1,500 and topped her old time of 4:33.42. Kayle Blackmore was 27th (4:43.90) in the same race. Perkinson also won a heat in her first-ever 800, clocking in at 2:19.50, though Aspen Abbott led the Raiders in 20th of 66 at 2:18.33.

The women's 4x100 team — featuring two of the same runners, Rakayla Tyler and Margot Hamman, who helped set an SOU record of 48.02 seconds last year — joined Arianna Daniel and Savannah Greenwade to finish in 47.93. On the men's side Jeremiah Emershy, Cameron Bremner, Aidan Tankand Matt East were fourth of 15 teams in 41.62, a clean handoff away from threatening the 41.31 mark registered by last year's All-America squad.

Tyler's exemplary day extended to the 100-meter dash, where she hit a personal best for the second week in a row and was seventh of 65 individuals in 12.24 seconds, solidifying her No. 3 standing on the Raider record list. Daniel debuted at No. 6 on that list, taking 13th place in 12.43 and winning her heat by seven-tenths of a second. Tyler also led the Raiders in the 200 at 26.01 for 23rd of 77.

Another freshman, Ariana Toland, paced the Raider women in the 5K at 18:29.47 for 16th place of 37.

Beltz's auto-qualifying long jump of 23 feet 10 1/4 inches was just a few inches short of a PR but stands as the best in the CCC this season and was fifth of 55 at the meet. He was also 18th in the triple jump (42-11 3/4).

Elsewhere for the Raider men, East ran the fourth-fastest 200 in SOU history at 21.76 for sixth place of 64, and Cedric Quartey was 19th in 22.67. Quartey also PR'd in the 400, finishing in 49.29 seconds for fifth place of 58.

Tank won his 100 heat and was 12th of 65 overall in 10.97 seconds, and in the 800 Gary Fanelli was 14th of 68 in 1:55.61. Noah Oberriter paced five Raiders in the 1,500 at 3:59.56 for 28th of 83, and Kevin VanDyke was 23rd of 50 in the 5K at 15:46.31.

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