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Southern Oregon splits with OIT

KLAMATH FALLS — Southern Oregon claimed a 7-3 victory in the opener and No. 15 Oregon Tech powered five home runs to win the second game 12-1 and split a Cascade Collegiate Conference softball doubleheader Tuesday.

Southern Oregon's record goes to 12-13 overall and 8-4 in conference play, while Oregon Tech goes to 26-9 overall and 10-4 in the CCC.

Ashley Lowe tallied three hits in the opener to lead SOU, including a two-run triple in the fourth inning, while Alexa Gonzalez and Jessica Flores each finished with three hits in the two games.

Sydney White picked up the complete-game victory in the opener, limiting Oregon Tech to three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts.

The Raiders scored three runs on three hits in the top of the first inning. Gonzalez and Lowe both singled to load the bases after Kara Kelsey was hit by a pitch. Stephanie Vandenbusch brought home the first run when she was hit by a pitch, and Sierra Anderson drove in a run with a fielder's choice groundout. Irene Barrantes made it 3-0 with a single to center.

Southern Oregon added a run in the third and two more in the fourth.

Oregon Tech scored its first run in the bottom of the sixth when former North Medford player Taylor Schmidt homered to left, and the Raiders responded with a run in the top of the seventh.

OREGON 5, PORTLAND 1 — At Eugene, Mitchell Tolman had a three-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a tie and lead No. 12 Oregon (19-6) to the nonconference win at PK Park.

Tolman, a freshman, hit the first pitch he saw from JR Bunda into the left-field corner, driving in pinch runner Nick Catalano from third, Steven Packard from second and Ryon Healy from first to give the Ducks a 4-1 lead.

Aaron Payne made it 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth when he scored on a throwing error by Portland catcher Bo Cornish after a failed squeeze play. Payne was on third with a one-out triple.

Reliever Darrell Hunter (2-0) picked up the win, allowing one hit while walking one and striking out one in 11/3 innings.

Freshman Garrett Cleavinger got the final four outs, three on strikeouts, for his second career save.