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  • White fans 14 as Raiders sweep past Corban

  • ASHLAND — Missed opportunities led to the Corban Warriors' downfall in the first game of their doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Southern Oregon University.
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  • ASHLAND — Missed opportunities led to the Corban Warriors' downfall in the first game of their doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Southern Oregon University.
    Raider pitcher Sydney White made sure they hardly got any with a record-breaking performance in Game 2 and simultaneously nailed down SOU's first Cascade Conference sweep.
    Brianne Craig maneuvered out of three bases-loaded jams in a complete game to secure the first win, 7-4, before White struck out 14 to win the finale, 5-2, and set a new single-game SOU mark. The Raiders (4-8 overall) won back-to-back games for the first time this year in going to 3-1 in the CCC, while Corban (13-9), the defending regular season champion, capped a frustrating 0-4 opening weekend of conference play.
    It got worse for the Warriors as the day went on and White locked in. The sophomore right-hander, who in her previous three outings had surrendered 10 earned runs in 13 innings, returned to her all-conference form by notching the first nine strikeouts consecutively, a run that ended with Kyrianna Sorensen's single on an 0-2 count in the fourth inning.
    White allowed four hits and walked two. She delivered the record-tying strikeout to get out of a second-and-third jam in the sixth, then dismissed the old mark (13), previously shared by Brandi Brown and Jordyn Kurtz, when she got Annie Owen swinging in the seventh.
    Ashley Lowe, who went 5-for-7 on the day, broke a 1-1 tie for SOU with a two-run single laced to the opposite field in a four-run fourth inning.
    In Game 1, it was a four-run second that put the Raiders in control thanks to a pair of two-run singles from Craig and Alexa Gonzalez. Gonzalez also started a fifth-inning rally with a single before two Raiders walked and two more were hit by pitches to bring in a couple of insurance runs.
    The Raiders, as it turned out, would need them all. Corban loaded the bases in the fourth and sixth innings, and in the seventh brought the potential tying run to the plate with no outs. After two groundouts and a walk, Craig got out of the final jam by inducing Aubrene Blas' bases-loaded tapper back to the mound.
    Craig allowed seven hits, four walks and three earned runs with two strikeouts, earning her second win in as many days.
    SOU tallied 11 hits on the day, and Gonzalez and Willison were issued three bases on balls apiece.
    Corban's Courtney Castronovo went 3-for-3 with a solo homer inside the opposite-field foul pole and an RBI single in the opener. Breonna Bejaran smacked an RBI double in Game 2.
    Track and Field
    LANE PREVIEW MEET — At Eugene, freshman sprinter Cameron Bremner showcased his speed in the first outdoor track & field event of his career this weekend as a group of Southern Oregon University athletes made their season debuts.
    Bremner won the men's 100-meter race at the meet, which took place Friday and Saturday, with eight squads represented at Lane Community College. All-American Stephanie Techler picked up where she left off last season to deliver the Raiders' other win in the pole vault and become their first automatic qualifier for the outdoor NAIA Championships.
    The 10.79 seconds it took Bremner to finish the 100 was a shade faster than the unattached Trevon Clay (11.05) and was a Cascade Conference qualifying mark. Bremner also qualified in the 200-meter race, which he finished third in 22.52 seconds.
    Three other Raider men were fifth in their respective events to hit qualifying marks: Kermit Knight (100), Robert Brenamati (200) and Devan Barkley (400 hurdles). Connor Cushman placed fourth in the 3,000-meter race.
    Techler's mark of 11 feet, 93/4 inches in the pole vault was good for a personal best, matched exactly what she needed to become an automatic NAIA qualifier and missed a school record by a quarter of an inch.
    Holly Haga just missed the NAIA's 'B' qualifying standard with a throw of 132-3 in the discus that placed her third. Alex Morris claimed third in the women's 100-meter run in 13.11 seconds to make her a CCC qualifier.
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