SOU sweeps 14th-ranked Concordia

ASHLAND — Freshman pitcher Jordyn Kurtz kept the Concordia bats at bay and the Southern Oregon offense did just enough as the Raiders scored a 2-1, 6-2 sweep of the 14th-ranked Cavaliers Friday at University Field.

The Raiders are 4-9 overall and 2-0 in Cascade Conference play. Concordia is 13-3 and 0-2.

In the opener, Kurtz and Concordia ace Danielle Pulfrey battled through the first five innings before the Raiders broke through in the sixth.

Senior Ricci Coultas walked to start the Raider rally and junior Meghan Laughlin's ground ball to third turned into error, allowing Coultas to score and give SOU a 1-0 lead. Another error scored Laughlin to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead.

Concordia fired back in the top of the seventh as Tina Garcia doubled and scored to cut the lead to one, but the Cavaliers couldn't get the game-tying run in.

Kurtz struck out six and spread out eight Concordia hits in the victory. Danielle Stratton had SOU's lone hit, a single in the sixth.

In the nightcap, the Raiders struck early, scoring two in the first with base hits by senior Strohm Fouty and a triple by Laughlin.

In the fifth, SOU put four more on the board as Laughlin started the rally with a single to left and junior Justine Fulton drove in a pair of runs with a two-run single. SOU's rally was helped by three Concordia errors.

Concordia put a scare in the Raiders in the top of the seventh, loading the bases and scoring two runs before Kurtz worked her way out of the jam.

Kurtz again allowed eight hits and struck out four.

Fouty, Laughlin and Fulton all had two hits for the Raiders.

SOU is host to Corban at 11 a.m. today.

FIRST GAME

Concordia 000 000 1 — 1 8 3

Southern Oregon 000 002 x — 2 1 2

Pulfrey and Illias; Kurtz and Stenson. W — Kurtz (3-9). L — Pulfrey. 2B — C: Garcia, B. Gawlista; S: Stratton.

SECOND GAME

Concordia 000 000 2 — 2 8 3

Southern Oregon 200 040 x — 6 8 1

Pulfrey and Morris, Illias (6); Kurtz and Stenson. W — Kurtz. L — Pulfrey. 2B — C: B. Gawlista; S: Cooper. 3B — S: Laughlin.

Track & Field

SAN FRANCISCO STATE DISTANCE CARNIVAL — At San Francisco, after winning three straight 1,500 meter races, Southern Oregon senior Cameron Kreuz stayed unbeaten in 2009 by winning the 800 in an NAIA automatic qualifying time of 1:52.68.

Teammate Levi Roudebush finished third in the 800 with a time of 1:54.16, which is an NAIA provisional qualifying standard.

Southern Oregon's Joe Rath and Ryan Ghelfi also had NAIA provisional times in the 5,000. Rath finished 21st with a time of 14:58.77 and Ghelfi finished 30th in 15:06.95. Ryan Sorenson finished 36th in 15:22.72.

SOU senior Stephanie Miller competed at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto and finished ninth in the javelin with a throw of 113-03.

Women's Tennis

SOUTHERN OREGON 9, COLLEGE OF IDAHO 0 — At Lewiston, Idaho, Southern Oregon senior Katie Ross teamed with Rebecca Weicher to blank COI's No. 1 team 8-0 and then knocked off Amanda McEldowney 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles match.

SOU's teams of Erin Bruni and Mallory Byers and Heidi Chiles and Charlotte Duren won their doubles matches, while Duren, Chiles, Bruni, Byers and Liz Kiger were all victorious in singles.

The Raiders (5-0) continue regional play today when they take on Alberta.

Track and Field

KREUZ STAYS UNBEATEN — At San Francisco, after winning three straight 1,500 meter races, Southern Oregon senior Cameron Kreuz stayed unbeaten in 2009 by winning the 800 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.

Kreuz' winning time of 1:52.68 is an NAIA automatic qualifying standard. Teammate Levi Roudebush finished third with a time of 1:54.16, which is an NAIA provisional qualifying standard.

Southern Oregon's Joe Rath and Ryan Ghelfi also had provisional qualifying standard times in the 5,000, with Rath finishing 21st with a time of 14:58.77 and Ghelfi taking 30th in 15:06.95. Ryan Sorenson finished 36th in 15:22.72.

Tennis

SOU WINS — At Lewiston, Idaho, the Southern Oregon women's tennis team took down College of Idaho 9-0.

The Raiders are now 5-0 on the season and are now 1-0 against regional opponents. The Raiders continue their regional play today against Alberta.

Senior Katie Ross, after falling during singles play Wednesday against Willamette, came back with a vengeance against the Coyotes.

Ross teamed with Rebecca Weicher to blank COI's No. 1 team 8-0, and then knocked off Amanda McEldowney 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles match.

The SOU doubles teams of Erin Bruni and Mallory Byers and Heidi Chiles and Charlotte Duren won their doubles matches, while Duren, Chiles, Bruni, Byers and Liz Kiger were all victorious in singles.

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