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Raiders register rare softball sweep of OIT

ASHLAND — Victoria Mackey went to 11-1 with a complete-game victory, Rebecca Velazquez hit her second home run and Southern Oregon's softball completed its first sweep of Oregon Tech in five years, 5-3, on Tuesday at University Field.

The Raiders won the opener, 1-0 in nine innings.

Velazquez, a freshman, also had an RBI single in SOU's three-run first inning before her solo shot in the fifth. Kelsey Randall, Alexa Gonzalez and Taylor Martinez added two more hits apiece for the 16th-ranked Raiders (23-9 overall, 9-3 Cascade Conference), who have won six straight overall.

OIT (16-13, 9-3) — which hadn't been swept in a regular-season CCC doubleheader since the 2013 season — was down 5-1 going into the seventh inning but brought the potential tying run to the plate after McKenzie Shrum's two-run triple. But Mackey got Moates to pop out and struck out Ali Graham to end the threat.

Mackey scattered nine hits, walked one and struck out one, throwing 60 strikes in her 93-pitch complete game.

Graham started for the Owls but didn't record an out and was charged with three runs as Gonzalez hit an RBI double and Kayleen Smith added an RBI single.

In the first game, Smith lined a walk-off single to right field in the bottom of the ninth, providing the first breakthrough hit of the game.

Sydney White pitched the win for SOU, becoming the first Raider to finish off a complete-game shutout in extra innings since the program came back in 2001. She struck out six, allowed seven hits and walked one.

Ann-Marie Guischer was the tough-luck loser for the, working around 10 hits and five walks in 8 1/3 innings.

Both teams had their chances: SOU stranded 12 runners and OIT stranded eight, even loading the bases with no outs in the fourth inning.

Smith drove in Randall, who started the ninth by drawing a walk and was bunted over by Gonzalez.

Smith, Tyler Burke and Jazmin Ruvalcaba each had two hits for the Raiders.


OSU 9, SAN DIEGO STATE 6: At Corvallis, Christian Donahue hit his first career home run and Trever Morrison and Kyle Nobach each tripled as sixth-ranked Oregon State ended a four-game losing streak.

Tommy Paul worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings for his first career win, and the Beavers improved to 17-6 on the year. San Diego State, meanwhile, dropped to 6-17.

The Beavers rapped out 10 hits off six San Diego State pitchers, with Morrison pacing the club with three. His eighth-inning triple scored two and gave the Beavers a four-run cushion, which helped as SDSU scored once in the ninth and stranded two when Max Engelbrekt picked up his ninth save of the season.

Donahue’s first career home run capped a seven-run fifth inning that saw the Beavers overcome an early 3-0 lead by San Diego State. Billy King drove in a run to open the inning, then watched as the Beavers tied the game with a two-run single.

KJ Harrison singled in his 20th run of the season and Donahue made it 7-3 in favor of Oregon State with a towering three-run home run off reliever Dominic Purpura.