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SOU completes CCC sweep of Carroll

CALDWELL, Idaho — Third-ranked Southern Oregon split with Carroll on Sunday at Symms Field but got the one that mattered most, a 12-0 win in the opener to complete a three-game sweep of the Cascade Conference portion of the series.

After winning twice in their last at-bat on Saturday, the Raiders (17-4 overall, 5-1 CCC) battered Saints starter Brooke Brown for 12 hits in support of another Gabby Sandoval shutout. In Game 2, a non-conference counter, they scored twice in the seventh but left the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base in a 6-5 loss.

Sandoval (11-1) spun her second two-hit shutout in as many weeks in Game 1, striking out nine for her fifth shutout of the season and the 15th of her career. It was the third time in four CCC starts she didn’t allow an earned run; of SOU’s five conference victories, she’s picked up four wins and a save.

Senior outfielder Tiana Brown went 9-for-17 in the series and 3-for-4 in the game. She drove in one run and scored another in the first inning to put the Raiders in front. Junior catcher Allie Stines had four RBI and drove a three-run home run to right field in SOU’s six-run seventh inning, her second homer of the series and fourth of the season.

Lauren Quirke had two hits, two runs, a double and a walk in the game and went 5-for-7 on the day. Paige Leeper contributed a pair of hits and Olivia Mackey scored twice in the game and six times in the series.

In Game 2, the Raiders went up 3-0 in the top of the fourth after Mackey’s RBI single and Avery Morehead-Hutsell’s RBI triple. However, Ashley Davis gave the Saints the lead with a grand slam in the bottom of the inning and Katie Huisman added a two-run single in the fifth to make it 6-3.

Run-scoring hits from Quirke and Brown in the seventh cut into the deficit and left runners on first and second with one out, but Tess Eaton got out of the jam to pick up the save.

Quirke (2-1) started and took the loss, lasting 3 2/3 innings.

The Saints went to 6-11 overall and 0-6 in CCC action.

The Raiders will play a key series next weekend at Oregon Tech, which along with Corban stands at 6-0 in conference play.