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Stines' record-setting day leads No. 3 Raiders to sweep

ASHLAND — Allie Stines left a trail of doubles Friday at University Field, and her record-setting performance drew a neat path for the afternoon’s trajectory in third-ranked Southern Oregon’s 13-1 and 14-6 drubbings of British Columbia in five and six innings.

Stines doubled five times and became the first Raider to ever hit four in one contest during Game 2, when the Raiders tied a team record with 21 hits. She went 5-for-7 with five RBIs and four runs scored on the day and broke another program mark in bringing her season doubles total to 17.

The junior left-handed catcher from San Bruno, California, lined her first extra-base hit of the doubleheader when the first-place Raiders (30-5 overall, 16-1 Cascade Conference) blitzed the Thunderbirds (12-14, 8-9) with nine runs in the first inning of Game 1, their highest single-inning total this year.

She hit her second and came around to score in the first inning of Game 2, another to eventually score and tie it at 2-2 in the third, and two more of the RBI variety as the Raiders broke a 6-6 tie with eight unanswered runs over the final three innings.

Harlee Donovan previously held SOU’s single-season record with 16 doubles during her NAIA Player of the Year campaign in 2018.

In the process of the sweep, Gabby Sandoval picked up both wins and went to 21-2, making hers the seventh 20-win season in SOU history. She was one out away from a five-inning no-hitter in the opener before settling for a two-hitter with four strikeouts. In Game 2, she entered a tie game with runners on the corners in the fourth and didn’t allow a hit over the final 2 1/3 frames.

SOU’s conference winning streak — the longest in team history — has reached 15 games.

There was plenty of love to go around at the plate. Lauren Quirke had a pair of hits in the first inning of Game 1 and finished 5-for-6 with a triple, three RBIs and three runs on the day. Hannah Shimek added two hits in the inning and went 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI in the opener, which Hannah Wessel punctuated with a three-run home run in the fourth – her second of the season.

In Game 2, Olivia Mackey (2 runs) and Tayler Walker (2 RBIs, 1 run) went for three hits, while Tiana Brown (2 RBIs, 1 run) and Paige Leeper (2 runs) both had two. Brown doubled, as did Taelor Mayben in a pinch-hit appearance.

For UBC, Cassa Courtney and Sierra Sherritt drove in two runs apiece. They helped the Thunderbirds erase a 6-2 deficit with a four-run fourth that chased SOU’s starter, Quirke, and reliever Morgan Jones.

The teams will play two more starting at 11 a.m. today.

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