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Raiders split high-scoring twin bill

ASHLAND — Playing its first home games and final tune-ups before the start of Cascade Conference play, the Southern Oregon University softball team slugged it out with 24th-ranked Indiana Wesleyan in a doubleheader split, winning 8-7 in eight innings and losing 14-8 at University Field Monday.

Sophomore shortstop Kelsey Randall went 5-for-9 on the day and extended her hitting streak to 12 games, while Kayleen Smith went 4-for-8 and brought her hitting streak to nine.

Indiana Wesleyan (2-2 overall) had 21 hits on the day and SOU (12-6) registered 20. But the difference in the first game was IWU's four errors to SOU's zero, and the difference in the second was three IWU two-run home runs.

The Raiders led the opener 6-0 after three innings — plating one run in the first, two in the second and three in the third. The scoring included Alexa Gonzalez's RBI double, Taylor Martinez's two-run single and Randall's one-run single.

Trailing 6-2 in the sixth, the Wildcats rallied for three runs; Allison Bexel's infield single scored the first, and Gabby Bogear's two-run single followed. In the seventh, Alex Springer homered to left field with one out to knot the score.

With the international tiebreaker in effect in the eighth — both teams started their halves of the inning with a runner on second — IWU's Darcella Blakey was sacrificed to third and scored on Bogear's one-out groundout to shortstop. In the bottom half, Emma Paranto sacrificed Martinez to third to bring up Aaliyah Oliver, who singled to left to bring Martinez home and scored on the same play thanks to a three-base error in the outfield.

Victoria Mackey got the win for SOU with 2 2/3 innings of relief work, improving to 7-0.

Springer homered twice in the nightcap for IWU and finished 4-for-5 with six RBIs and three runs.

Randall and Smith had three hits apiece for SOU, Megan Winton reached base three teams and Gonzalez and Abigail Lund both had two RBIs.

Golf

MURPHY SHINES: Former Rogue River golfer David Murphy led Oregon Tech to victory in the Oregon Tech Spring Invitational at Eagle Point Golf Club Sunday.

Murphy, a junior, had the best final round Sunday by two strokes, shooting a 1-under 71 as the Owls rallied to overtake Lewis-Clark State in the two-day, 54-hole event.

Murphy tied for ninth place with a 227 total. His other rounds were 80 and 76.

OIT edge LCS by two shots, 884-886. They trailed by four strokes after two rounds.

Eight schools participated.