LA GRANDE — The Southern Oregon University softball team will return from its longest Cascade Conference road trip with a couple of wins in tow after throwing a wrench in Eastern Oregon's senior day celebration.
The Raiders pounced on the Mountaineers to the tune of 6-2 and 11-4 wins Saturday at Anderson Field, getting right back on track a day removed from two duds at College of Idaho. As a result, the Raiders (12-12 overall, 11-5 CCC) moved back ahead of C of I into third place and are just 11/2; games behind second-place Concordia with the Cavaliers coming to town next week.
Julia Willison led SOU's big day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored.
Southern Oregon totaled 21 hits on the day. Megan Scherer contributed two of them with an RBI in Game 2.
Track and Field
CHICO STATE DISTANCE CARNIVAL — At Chico, Calif., Kevin Jorgensen became the latest Southern Oregon University runner to enter the NAIA Outdoor Championship mix when he won the 800-meter invitational run Friday night.
Jorgensen's time of 1:52.14 in the 15-person race was .83 seconds faster than runner-up AJ Pulice and three-plus seconds faster than the rest of the field. It was also a personal best and gave the Raiders their 11th NAIA 'A' standard qualifying mark of the season. Jorgensen now owns the second-fastest 800 time in the nation this season behind only teammate Eric Avila.
Stephanie Techler registered a personal-best, too, while tying for second of 16 in the pole vault. Her mark of 11 feet, 11¾ inches was another NAIA 'A' qualifying mark, though she had already qualified with an 11-93/4 earlier this season.
Aaron Brenton came through with a solid showing in the men's 5,000-meter invitational run, finishing in 15:22.75 to place fifth of 31. In the same race, Connor Cushman was 11th in 15:32.78. Alexandra Rudd took fifth in the women's 5K with a time of 18:51.79.
SOU freshman Lauren McGowne competed Friday at Western Oregon's John Knight Twilight and had the best day of her young career. She was second of 18 in the long jump with a mark of 17-41/4, then claimed third of 11 in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 15.86.