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SOU completes league sweep of Thunderbirds

SURREY, B.C. — Southern Oregon’s winning streak ended at 12 games, but the Raiders got the one that mattered most in a doubleheader split with British Columbia on Sunday at Softball City.

In a 13-3 Game 1 victory that lasted five innings, the Raiders peppered 19 hits — just two shy of the team record — and completed a sweep of the three-game Cascade Conference portion of the series for the third weekend in a row. They dropped the Game 2 nonleague counter, 3-0, and went to 26-8 overall.

The Raiders ended their winning streak averaging 1.8 runs scored per inning on a combined .417 batting average.

Ranked No. 14 in the NAIA, they went to 10-2 in the CCC entering a critical week of conference play. On Monday, No. 8 Corban (7-0 CCC) will host a tripleheader against Oregon Tech (8-1 CCC). And on Friday and Saturday, SOU will host a four-game series against Corban.

Six different Raiders had multiple hits in Sunday’s opener, led by three who went 3-for-4: Kelsey Randall (4 RBI, 3 runs), Hannah Shimek (3 runs) and Karlee Coughlin (2 RBI, 1 run). They struck for four runs in the first inning as Tayler Walker, Coughlin and Hannah Wessel hit consecutive run-scoring singles with two outs.

Harlee Donovan went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI, including a two-run double in the second. SOU also got two hits apiece from Rebecca Velasquez and Wessel, and Velasquez’s RBI single capped the scoring in a three-run fifth.

Morgan Jones pitched the final three innings in relief to get the decision, upping her record to 5-2. She allowed two hits and struck out four without a walk.

UBC (4-15, 2-8 CCC) starter Zoe Gillis slowed SOU down with a complete-game three-hitter in the finale. She struck out two, walked two and only let two Raiders into scoring position.

With one out in the sixth inning and the game still scoreless, Sierra Sherritt drove a double to left-center field that scored Claire Eccles from first base. Three batters later, Emily Chorpita stroked a two-run double to deep center.

Coughlin (4-3) started and pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Raiders. She gave up four hits and was on the hook for two of those runs.