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Eastern puts halt to Raiders' win streak

ASHLAND — Eastern Oregon continued to rough up opposing pitchers and completed a key sweep of 16th-ranked Southern Oregon with an 8-3 victory Friday afternoon in Game 2 of a Cascade Conference twin bill at University Field.

The Mountaineers (20-14 overall, 9-3 CCC) won the opener, 4-1.

Eastern totaled 11 hits and drew eight walks in the nightcap, as Shelby Baertsch went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run. Haley Hess and Taylor Turner had two hits apiece and combined to reach base seven times atop the lineup.

EOU has now scored at least four runs in 12 straight games.

Hailey Kline improved to 9-3 on the mound, going the distance with six hits, two earned runs, two strikeouts and two walks on her line.

SOU (23-11, 9-5) was quiet at the plate and made an error that led to three unearned runs in the third inning. Kelsey Randall tripled, drove in two and scored on an error in fifth, but that accounted for all of the Raiders' offense.

The Raiders had won six straight and had at least 10 hits in all six of those games.

EOU, which remained in first place in the CCC's East Division, has won 10 of its last 11.

In the first game, Eastern's Haylie VanLaethem pitched a four-hitter.

The Mountaineers hit up SOU starter Sydney White for three unearned runs in the first on Cheyenne Barker's two-run single and Lauren Burchak's fifth home run.

Track and Field

SOU SHINES: At San Francisco, Southern Oregon sophomore Jessa Perkinson obliterated the school 10,000-meter women’s record in 36 minutes 14.72 seconds to lead five Raiders who hit NAIA Championship qualifying marks at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.

Her time is the second-best in the NAIA this season, topped the automatic qualifying standard by more than 1:15 and beat the previous Raider record, established by Seena Frantz in 2011, by more than 21 seconds. She was running the 10K for the first time in a collegiate meet and finished 11th of 53 overall.

Four Raider men also qualified: Kevin Poteracke got in under the ‘A’ standard in the 3,000 steeplechase by eight-tenths of a second (9:23.92), Jared Hixon (14:48.77) and Connor Cushman (14:55.92) hit the ‘B’ standard in the 5K, and Caleb Diaz (31:16.82) hit the ‘B’ standard in the 10K.

In the last four years at the meet, SOU has produced 27 NAIA qualifying times.

Baseball

OSU 10, WASHINGTON 1: At Corvallis, KJ Harrison and Cadyn Grenier each tallied three hits and Travis Eckert tossed five scoreless innings as sixth-ranked Oregon State won.

The Beavers tallied 14 hits against three Washington pitchers. Logan Ice and Christian Donahue each had two hits, while Ice, Harrison, Kyle Nobach and Jack Anderson all drove in two.

Eckert (3-2) started and worked five scoreless innings before giving way to Bryce Fehmel in the sixth. Eckert allowed just three hits and struck out a career-best nine, posting two every inning through the fourth.

The Beavers (18-6 overall, 4-3 Pac-12 Conference) chased Washington (13-9, 4-3) starter Noah Bremer after 3 1/3 innings.

MICHIGAN ST. 3, OREGON 2: At East Lansing, Mich., Jordan Zimmerman hit a solo home run in the 10th inning to lift Michigan State

Michigan State (19-4) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, thanks to some help from the Ducks’ defense. Oregon’s Matt Kroon committed an error to lead off the inning and then Travis Moniot couldn’t complete the exchange on a double play ball that would have ended the inning. Taylor Grace made Oregon (11-11) pay with a two-out RBI.

The Ducks rallied to tie it in the top of the sixth. A.J. Balta broke up MSU starter Ca Vieaux’s perfect game with a single and came around to score on a base hit by Austin Grebeck.

After the Spartans regained the lead, the Ducks rallied again to tie it in the ninth. Jake Bennett picked up the RBI with a single up the middle to score Nick Catalano.

Oregon starter Cole Irvin allowed two runs over eight innings, while striking out two.