Southern Oregon sweeps No. 11-ranked Concordia

PORTLAND — A shutout performance by Jordyn Kurtz and solo home runs by Rayna Okimoto and Irene Barrantes helped the Southern Oregon softball team to a sweep of 11th-ranked Concordia Tuesday in its Cascade Conference opener.

The Raiders (5-8, 2-0 CC) won 1-0 and 4-2, respectively.

Concordia, the preseason league favorite, dropped to 7-9 and 0-4.

In the opener, Kurtz returned to the form that earned her all-Cascade Conference honors two years ago.

The junior, who entered the doubleheader with an 0-3 record and a 6.30 ERA, never let the Concordia offense get going. Kurtz scattered five hits over seven innings, struck out three and forced 12 ground-ball outs.

The SOU offense got on the board in third, taking advantage of three errors for a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by junior Katie Moy.

Kurtz led the offense with a pair of singles.

In Game 2, singles by Melissa Corn, Karri Johnson and Kurtz helped the Raiders take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

In the bottom, the Cavaliers roughed up Johnson — SOU's starter — for a pair of runs and chased the senior with just one out. Freshman pitcher Karlie Stephens from Eagle Point came on and retired the next two batters, leaving the score 2-2.

Stephens shut out the Raiders the rest of the way, and Okimoto put them up 3-2 with a solo home run in the fifth to center field.

Barrantes came off the bench in the sixth for a leadoff homer to right.

Stephens is 3-0 and lowered her ERA to a team-best 2.58.

Gia Dimaggio led SOU in Game 2, going 3-for-3. Okimoto, who has six homers on the season, had two hits.


SEATTLE 5, OREGON STATE 4 — At Corvallis, Seattle erased a three-run deficit with a four-run seventh to end No. 23 Oregon State's eight-game home winning streak.

The Beavers (15-5) committed two of their season-high four errors in the inning. Seattle is 9-6.

OSU led 4-1 after three innings, getting a two-run single from Parker Berberet during a three-run third. Brian Stamps also drove in a run, his 10th of the season.

Beaver starter James Nygren went six innings in his second start. He scattered five hits and four runs — two unearned — but didn't figure in the decision. Ryan Dunn (0-1), allowing two hits and a run in two-thirds of an inning.


OREGON SECOND — At Eugene, Oregon finished second and Oregon State junior Alex Moore tied for second in the Oregon Duck Invitational at Eugene Country Club.

Top-ranked Oklahoma State won the event by eight strokes with a 16-under, 848 score in the annual 54-hole event. Washington (870), led by medalist Chris Williams, was third, followed by Oregon State (878).

Williams shot a 9-under 207, while Moore and Rice's Michael Whitehead were two shots back.

Jack Dukeminier (210) shot 68 in the final round to pace Oregon.


SOU TO HELP JAPAN — The Southern Oregon women's soccer program will host a free "Kicks For Japan" benefit clinic.

The clinic will be April 16 at the SOU soccer field from 10 to 11:30 a.m. It is free to attend, but a donation to the International Red Cross to support the Japan recovery effort is recommended. Details will be provided on-site.

The clinic is open to individuals from 7 to 12 years old and instruction and coaching will be done by the SOU coaches and players.

For information or to register, call 541-552-6726 or visit

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