RAIDER ROUNDUP: Ramirez gains A-A status at invite
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Anesia Ramirez captured All-America honors to highlight Southern Oregon’s showing at the inaugural NAIA Women’s Wrestling Invitational on Saturday at Harold Newman Arena, where the Raiders closed the 2018-19 season by locking into eighth place in the team standings.
The 21-team tournament awarded All-America accolades to the top-four placers in each weight class and Ramirez, a junior from Lakewood, Wash., took fourth to match her pre-tourney seed at 130 pounds.
Three Raiders placed fifth for honorable mention All-America kudos: freshmen Glory Konecny (116 pounds) and Julissa Taitano (130) and junior Sienna Ramirez (143).
SOU totaled 66 points in receiving contributions from six of its seven wrestlers. Menlo (Calif.) racked up 230 to take the team title a month after winning the WCWA championship.
SOU 3-5, OIT 0-4: At Ashland, No. 3 Southern Oregon got the Cascade Conference sweep over the No. 9 Oregon Tech. It was the first conference doubleheader featuring top 10 teams SOU has played in.
In the first game, Gabby Sandoval’s sixth shutout, backed by Hannah Wessel’s first career home run, sparked the Raiders.
They worked extras in Game 2, as Paige Leeper and Tiana Brown hit back-to-back two-out RBI singles in the ninth and Sandoval upped her record to 13-1 with 51/3 innings one relief.
The Raiders (19-4 overall, 7-1 CCC) entered the day a game back of the Owls (18-8, 6-2), who fell out a first-place tie with 14th-ranked Corban.
Sandoval’s three-hitter in the opener marked the fourth time in five conference starts that she hasn’t yielded an earned run. She struck out five and walked two.