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No. 16 Raiders sweep Northwest

ASHLAND — The 16th-ranked Southern Oregon softball team hit a few milestones Friday afternoon, and all of them mattered within the context of 5-1 and 5-4 Cascade Conference victories over Northwest (Wash.) at University Field.

Senior pitcher Sydney White notched her 30th career win for the Raiders (19-9 overall, 5-3 CCC) in the opener, spinning her third successful complete game in seven days to improve to 5-4. She also earned the save in Game 2, entering in the seventh inning of a one-run game and stranding two runners in scoring position to seal it.

Junior second baseman Kayleen Smith matched and then broke an SOU team record by stretching her hitting streak to 17 games, going 4-for-7 on the day with two extra-base hits. In the fourth inning of a scoreless Game 1, she led off with a single, stole two bases and scored the go-ahead run on Abigail Lund's bunt single. And with the Raiders trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning of Game 2 she lined an RBI triple and went on to score another go-ahead run.

SOU also blasted two home runs in the same home game for the first time in four years in the nightcap, and both gave the Raiders the lead — Nicole Cardoza's two-run job in the fifth and Davalin Ontiveros' solo shot in the sixth. Neither Cardoza nor Ontiveros had homered this season.

Northwest dropped to 7-13 overall and 2-6 in the CCC.

White — who last weekend allowed just two runs in 14 innings in wins at Carroll and Great Falls — had a one-hit shutout working through six innings against the Eagles. Her final line included three hits, seven strikeouts and two walks.

SOU's Victoria Mackey got the decision in Game 2, going to 9-1 with six innings in which she allowed six hits, four runs and struck out two with a walk.

After Ontiveros lined her homer over the fence in left field in the bottom of the sixth, the Raiders added one more to make it 5-3 when Taylor Martinez and Tyler Burke stroked back-to-back singles with no outs, Kelsey Randall bunted them over and Alexa Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly.

Martinez went 3-for-3 for the Raiders.


OREGON 2, WASHINGTON 0: At Seattle, four Oregon pitchers combined on Oregon’s first shutout of the season, allowing the Ducks to even the series 1-1.

Matt Krook (1-1) picked up the win throwing five scoreless innings. He was followed on the mound by freshman Jacob Bennett (scoreless sixth and seventh) and Matt Mercer (scoreless eighth), before Stephen Nogosek came in to pitch the ninth and get his sixth save. The four Ducks’ pitchers combined to strike out 10 Huskies, while allowing just four hits.

Travis Moniot gave Oregon (11-8, 2-3 Pac-12) all the offense it would need in the fifth when he came through with a two-out single, scoring Matt Kroon, who doubled to lead off the inning.

CAL 5, OSU 0: At Berkeley, Calif., Oregon State's Nick Madrigal extended his hit streak to 14 games with a sixth-inning double and Jordan Britton worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, but third-ranked Oregon State couldn't overtake No. 17 California.

KJ Harrison, Logan Ice and Trever Morrison also recorded hits for the Beavers, who dropped to 16-4 this season and 3-2 in Pac-12 Conference play. Cal, meanwhile, improved to 13-6 on the year and 3-2 in league action.

Cal took a 2-0 lead through four thanks to solo home runs from Mitchell Kranson and Brett Cumberland. Jake Thompson (2-2) started for the Beavers and took the loss.