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Yotes dash Raiders' title hopes in twin bill split

ASHLAND — The College of Idaho won the Cascade Conference championship and a trip to the NAIA national tournament with a doubleheader split against Southern Oregon Friday at University Field.

The Yotes clinched the title with a 7-5 victory in the opener and then SOU came back to win 3-0 in the second game.

College of Idaho improved to 30-19 on the season and 18-4 in Cascade Conference play.

Southern Oregon, which needed to win both games and two more today against Eastern Oregon to capture the championship, is 20-15 and 16-6. The Raiders end the season today with the home twin bill at 11 a.m.

Southern Oregon jumped out quickly in the opener as a Strohm Fouty walk and two stolen bases gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead, and singles by Meghan Laughlin and Jordyn Kurtz and a run-scoring double by Bailey Price had the Raiders up 2-0 after the first inning.

The lead stayed that way until the top of the third when the combination of timely College of Idaho hits and SOU defensive miscues led to a Yote explosion.

A single by Donnae Carrell started the inning, and after an SOU error and walk, Heather Dixon drove in a pair with a double to center field.

The Yotes added four runs in the frame following another error, a walk and a single to give

the guests the momentum and a 6-2 lead.

The lead was 7-3 in the bottom of the seventh when the Raiders gave themselves one last chance.

Laughlin drove in Fouty to cut the lead to 7-4, and an RBI single by Kurtz cut the deficit to 7-5 with one out.

After a Kathryn Moy single, the Raiders brought up the winning run with only one out — but a ground ball to second and a foul pop out gave the title to the Yotes.

Jody Zillner picked up her 19th win of the season for the Yotes in the opener.

The Raiders outhit College of Idaho, 12-5, but left eight runners on base.

Laughlin went 4-for-4 in the opener to lead SOU's offense, and Kurtz had a pair of hits.

In the second game, SOU scored a pair of runs in the fourth off singles by Laughlin, Moy and Justine Cooper.

Kurtz picked up her 19th win of the season in the second game. She scattered seven hits, struck out eight and walked one.

Christa Simon had two hits to lead SOU's offense.