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SOU softball team suffers first setback of the season

TUCSON, Ariz. ' Pacific Lutheran's Jewel Korey hit a solo homer in the first inning and fired a five-hit shutout to lead the Lutes to a 1-0 victory and hand Southern Oregon University its first softball loss of the season at the Tucson Invitational on Saturday.

The Raiders (8-1) cruised to a 4-2 victory over East Connecticut State in an earlier game Saturday.

Southern Oregon had several chances to score against PLU but was thrown out on the basepaths four times.

We took ourselves right out of a couple innings, SOU coach James Gravelle said. They didn't win the game as much as we lost it.

PLU is ranked fifth in the Division III national poll while SOU is ranked 18th in the NAIA poll.

Right-fielder Kendra Kohler went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Raiders' offense.

Earlier in the day, Southern Oregon rallied from a 2-0 deficit through five innings to beat East Connecticut State. The Raiders used three errors by the Warriors and an RBI single from Seanne Doyle to score four runs in the bottom of the sixth and take the lead for good.

Brandi Brown went the distance against East Connecticut State, allowing seven hits while striking out three and walking two. She also hit a batter.

Doyle and Angie Chaplin each had two hits and one RBI against the East Coast-based Warriors.

The Raiders meet Whitworth College of Spokane, Wash., in a doubleheader today.

E. Connecticut State...............100 100 0 ' 2 7 6

Southern Oregon.....................000 004 0 ' 4 8 3

Sauelle and Rowan; Brown and Gross. W ' Brown (8-0); L ' Sauelle. 2B ' SOU; Chaplin.

Southern Oregon.................... 000 000 0 ' 0 5 2

Pacific Lutheran......................100 000 0 ' — 7 0

Doyle, Brown (4) and Schoenberg; Korey and Mardquartz. W ' Korey. L ' Doyle (0-1). 2B ' SOU: Kohler. HR ' PLU: Korey.

Tennis

SOUTHERN OREGON 5, SIERRA COLLEGE 4 ' At Roseville, Calif., a pair of forfeit victories was the difference for the Southern Oregon women as the Raiders eased past Sierra College to run their season record to 7-2.

Bridget Wagner and Kristin Maloney, the Raiders' top two players, lost in singles action but fought back to defeat Jenny Souksavath and Christin Knitter 6-3, 6-3 in doubles play.

SOU's Erika Moller, in her first year of tennis competition, continued her progress with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Kelly Love at No. 5 singles.

SINGLES ' Jenny Souksavath, SC, d. Bridget Wagner, 6-3, 6-3; Christin Knitter, SC, d. Kristin Maloney, 6-3, 6-4; Rachel Young, SC, d. Megan Loeding, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; Heather Virell, SOU, d. Kristen Jenkins, 6-1, 6-4; Erika Moller, SOU, d. Kelly Love, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; Katie Ketchum, SOU, won by forfeit.

DOUBLES ' Bridget Wagner-Christin Maloney, SOU, d. Jenny Souksavath-Christin Knitter, 6-3, 6-3; Megan Loeding-Heather Virell, SOU, d. Rachel Young-Kelly Love, 6-4, 6-1; Erica Moller-Katie Ketchun, SOU, won by forfeit.

Track & Field

OREGON PREVIEW ' At Eugene, Jeff Bentley and Kelala Poumpey led the way for Southern Oregon on a rainy day at Hayward Field.

Bentley went 198 feet, one inch to place third in the javelin, while Poumpey placed fifth in the 100 meters at 11.18 seconds, third in the 200 at 22.86 and ran a leg on the men's 4x400 relay team that placed fourth in a season-best time of 3:22.30.

Joining Poumpey on the relay team were Ken Hiler, Danny Hanes and Jeremy Klegseth.

Hakeem Young barely missed qualifying for nationals in the pole vault when he grazed the bar at 15-5. He settled for 14-5&

188; to tie for fourth.

On the women's side, the women's 4x100 relay team of Rachel Hinze, Kendra McGrath, Megan Heuberger and Andrea Eide placed third with a season-best time of 49.86.

Heuberger also placed fourth in the 400 intermediate hurdles at 1:05.85, while Eide was fifth in the 100 with a lifetime-best mark of 12.60.