SALEM — A walk-off grand slam gave Corban a dramatic 6-3 opening-game win and the 17th-ranked Warriors claimed an 8-0 victory in the second game to sweep Southern Oregon in a Cascade Collegiate Conference softball doubleheader Saturday at Warrior Field.
Julia Willison hit a three-run home run in Game 1 to drive home all of Southern Oregon's runs, while Irene Barrantes and Sierra Anderson each finished the day with a pair of hits for the Raiders (11-12, 7-3 Cascade). Sydney White took the loss in the opener, yielding five earned runs on seven hits in a complete-game performance. Karlie Stephens struggled in the second game as Corban tagged her for six runs in the first inning.
Corban (22-5, 13-1) took a 1-0 lead in the opener when Lounette Jackson doubled home a run in the bottom of the second inning. Willison's three-run homer capped a four-hit fourth inning, as Ashley Lowe and Stephanie Vandenbusch each singled before Willison cranked her second long ball of the season over the left field fence.
The Warriors made it a one-run game in the bottom of the inning as Courtney Castronovo hit her seventh homer of the year. White stifled the Corban offense until the bottom of the seventh inning. The hosts loaded the bases with two outs on a walk and a pair of hits to set the stage for two-time defending CCC Player of the Year Stephanie Nippert, who hit her 15th homer of the year.
Corban wasted no time taking a commanding lead in the second game, combining four hits with a hit batsman and two walks to score six runs in the bottom of the first. Castronovo hit her second home run of the game in the frame, knocking a three-run shot to left-center. The Warriors added two more runs in the fourth on the strength of a Nippert double and an Eric Fitzgerald sacrifice fly, and Chelsea Schriber limited SOU to two hits in five innings to earn her 10th win of the season.
CHICO STATE INVITE — At Chico, Calif., Southern Oregon claimed three event titles, two NAIA qualifying marks and 39 Cascade Collegiate Conference qualifiers at the Chico State Wildcat Invitational.
Mikayla Garrard won the women's 400-meter run with a conference-qualifying time of 57.92 while finishing second in the 200-meter dash with a CCC-qualifying time of 25.67. She also competed with Amelia Maguin, Nicole Leaf and Jordan Luker on the women's 4x100-meter relay team that finished second in 48.3 seconds.
On the men's side, Sullivan Stevens won the 110-meter hurdles with a league-qualifying time of 14.9, while Sam Hartinger won the high jump with a mark of 6-feet, 51/2-inches. Stevens qualified for the conference meet in two other events, posting a time of 11.16 in the 100 and 22.78 in the 200-meter dash. Hartinger also qualified in the triple jump with a leap of 41-1.
Maguin continued her strong early-season performance with conference qualifying marks in all three of her individual events. She finished second in both the long jump (17- 7 1/2) and the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.04), with her hurdles time improving on her previous NAIA 'A' standard mark from two weeks earlier. She also finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a CCC time of 15.81.
Stephanie Techler picked up SOU's lone new NAIA mark of the day. The pole vaulter hit the NAIA 'B' standard with a distance of 11-61/2. That mark was good for second place in Techler's lone event of the day.
Holly Haga, Shawna Neilson and Marci Johnston all hit conference qualifying marks in two different events, while Leaf qualified in the 100-meter dash for the women's team. On the men's side Michael Ruppert and Danny Parks both qualified in the shot put, discus and hammer while Jonz Olander, Nick Perrino, Brandon Ritchie, Cody Sharp, Jerad Harris all qualified in two events. Trevor Lynn, Nathaniel Snyder and Anthony Smallen each qualified in one event.