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RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU caps league sweep of Corban

SALEM — The right arm that has taken over the Cascade Conference came through again for third-ranked Southern Oregon on Saturday afternoon at 10th-ranked Corban.

After taking both league counters from the Warriors on Friday, the Raiders got the third and final one behind Gabby Sandoval’s eighth shutout of the season, a three-hitter that made them 1-0 winners.

In the series finale — a nonleague counter — Corban salvaged a 6-5 victory by scoring the tying and go-ahead runs on back-to-back errors in the bottom of the seventh to end the Raiders’ winning streak at 11 games.

SOU was on the right side of the drama in Game 1. Sandoval and Warriors starter Rachel White were both working on no-hitters until the bottom of the fifth, when Sandoval had to wiggle out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam by inducing a groundout.

In the top of the seventh, Tayler Walker started the game-winning rally with a one-out double to right. Her pinch-runner, Mackenzie Evangelisti, came in two batters later when Paige Leeper sent an RBI single through the right side.

Sandoval struck out three and walked one in her 16th complete game. Though both runs she allowed in Game 2 were unearned, she took the loss with 11/3 innings of relief and went to 19-2 with a 13-0 record in conference games.

SOU went to 28-5 overall and 14-1 in the CCC, opening up a two-game lead on College of Idaho and Oregon Tech and a three-game lead on Corban (22-8, 11-4).

The win was the Raiders’ sixth in their last at-bat during CCC play. They broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning of Game 2, as Tiana Brown hit a run-scoring double after Walker and Leeper set the table with consecutive singles.

In the bottom of the inning, Sandoval issued leadoff walks to Makiah Johnson and Kaylee Buhrkuhl. Madison Wyllie’s attempt to bunt them over turned into a single, and SOU’s attempt to get an out on the played turned into an error that scored the tying run. The next batter, Alyssa Doty, hit a grounder that was also misplayed and gave the Warriors the win.

Allie Stines went 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI in the game for SOU. Olivia Mackey, Erika Marquez and Hannah Shimek had two hits each and Avery Morehead-Hutsell went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

Track & Field

FANELLI CLASSIC: At Hayward, Calif., freshman runner AJ Sandvig impressed again by running the 1,500 meters in 3 minutes, 56.69 seconds to head Southern Oregon’s efforts at the Mike Fanelli Track Classic.

Sandvig’s time was just two-tenths of a second off the provisional qualifying standard for the NAIA Championships and made him 46th of 142 total entries in the race, which was his first collegiate 1,500. It was also the second-fastest 1,500 time in the Cascade Conference this season behind the 3:54.37 posted two weeks ago by teammate Ryan Alexander, who finished 76th in 4:00.76 on Saturday.

Gabe Loader recorded a personal best by a margin of 42 seconds, completing the 5K in 15:19.02 for the No. 2 spot on the CCC performance list. He placed 133rd of 227 overall.

On the women’s side, Ciara Jones and Jenna Storms both notched CCC qualifying times — Jones at 4:52.92 in the 1,500, and Storms at 18:04.68 in the 5K. Jamie Chelberg checked in at 4:57.30 in the 1,500 and Sydnee Kizziar at 19:03.21 in the 5K.

The Raiders, who totaled four NAIA qualifying marks at the meet Thursday, will be back in action next Friday at Western Oregon’s John Knight Twilight.