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Raiders dump British Columbia

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University softball team dumped British Columbia in its last at-bat of the first game and its first at-bat of the second game Wednesday, winning 4-1 and 8-2 at University Field.

Cheyenne Bricker and Brianne Craig tossed complete games and were charged only with unearned runs for the Raiders, who improved to 12-4 going into this weekend's Northwest Cup in Clackamas. Bricker allowed five hits, walked four and struck out three in a 97-pitch outing, while Craig labored through 127 pitches and scattered six hits with four strikeouts.

Kelsey Randall, the reigning Cascade Conference Player of the Week, ripped five more hits in seven at-bats with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Alexa Gonzalez went 5-for-7 with two RBIs and a run.

Tied 1-1 in the top of the sixth of the opener, British Columbia's Brittany Hince Siwicki gapped a two-out double with Katie Sherlock on first base. Sherlock attempted to score the go-ahead run but was beat home by the Raider relay — right fielder Tyler Burke to the shortstop, Randall, to catcher Jazmin Ruvalcaba.

Conversely, UBC was failed by its defense in the bottom of the sixth. Kristin Ahern and Ally Painter set the table with consecutive one-out singles for SOU, and with two outs the Raiders brought both home plus Megan Winton on misplayed balls at shortstop and in left field.

Lindsey Ogilvie took the loss, allowing just one earned run in six innings.

Randall and Alexa Gonzalez started Game 2 with back-to-back doubles, leading to Ahern's three-run double and Krystina Pardoski’s sacrifice fly. Gonzalez made it 5-0 in the second inning by ripping a single to left field and scoring Cortney Nolan, who reached base with a single of her own.

SOU's last three runs were tacked on in the sixth. Kayla Douglas and Alyssa Fielding singled, Randall stroked an RBI hit, Gonzalez's attempted squeeze went for a single and an RBI, and one more scored on UBC's fourth error of the day.

Gonzalez was perfect in four plate appearances and Nolan and Painter were both 2-for-2.

Randall has hit safely in 14 of 16 games with at least two hits in 11 of them. Gonzalez has turned in seven multi-hit efforts this season — already three more than she had all of last year.

Bricker improved to 6-1, and Craig is now 4-0.

The Thunderbirds defeated SOU last week, 6-3, at the Simpson Tournament. The teams will meet again at 3 p.m. Friday, but the Raiders will first play Great Falls (Mont.) at 1 p.m.