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No. 3 Raiders hammer out sweep of T-Birds

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon’s lineup proved unsolvable for British Columbia as their series concluded Saturday afternoon with two more SOU wins, 7-3 in the third and final Cascade Conference matchup and 12-4 in a five-inning nonleague counter at University Field.

After tying a team record for hits in a game (21) during Friday’s action, the third-ranked and first-place Raiders (32-5 overall, 17-1 CCC) kept piling on to complete the sweep. They finished the series with 60 hits, an absurd .513 team batting average and an aggregate score of 46-14. UBC dipped to 12-16 and 8-10.

The usual culprits had their way in leading SOU to its 16th consecutive conference victory in Saturday’s opener. Despite being intentionally walked twice, Allie Stines went 2-for-2 with a double and three runs scored. Lauren Quirke went 3-for-3 with a triple, a double, three RBIs and a run scored. And, least surprisingly, Gabby Sandoval improved to 22-2 overall and 16-0 in conference games, striking out nine and yielding two earned runs in her 18th complete game.

Stines wrapped the series 9-for-11 with seven doubles, five walks (three intentional), nine runs scored and five RBIs, boosting her average to .427. Quirke finished 11-for-13 with two doubles, a triple, two walks, eight RBIs and six runs scored, upping her league-best average to .496.

The Raiders also got a considerable boost from the bottom of the order as Olivia Mackey went 8-for-12 with four runs and four RBIs over the four-game set. Hannah Shimek and Tayler Walker totaled seven hits and five RBIs each, with Walker doubling twice and Shimek scoring six times.

SOU’s team batting average shot 17 points in the series to .373, the third-best in the NAIA among teams that have logged at least 20 games.

The Raiders put seven on the board in the first inning of Game 2 — they amassed 18 first-inning runs in the series — in support of freshman pitcher Jordyn Ragan. She completed the game with seven hits allowed, four strikeouts and a walk, improving to 3-0. Two of the four runs on her ledger were unearned.

With 15 total hits, the Raiders got at least one from each spot in the order, including seven combined from Stines, Shimek and Quirke at the top. Mackey added two, while Stines, Quirke and Avery Morehead-Hutsell scored two runs apiece.

For UBC, Mia Valcke homered and Taylor Jones doubled twice in Game 1. In Game 2, Claire Eccles and Avery Hilpert both went 2-for-3.

SOU will be on the road next Friday and Saturday for a four-game set at Northwest.

Track & Field

At Monmouth, Zach Beltz was responsible for taking down the only meet record of the day as his torrid spring continued for the Southern Oregon track and field team Friday at Western Oregon’s John Knight Twilight.

Beltz, the senior from Elmira, had a best of 24-feet 2 1/2-inches in the long jump to supplant a Twilight benchmark that had stood for seven years and win the event for the third time in as many outings. He also picked up his second triple jump victory, going 47-4 1/2, and was the anchor on a 4x100-meter relay team that recorded the top time in the Cascade Conference this season, 42.27 seconds. He worked with Eli Chapman, Chris Rosero and Will Gross for the victory.

The Raider women got event victories in the 100 meters from Erika Sodestrom (12.94) and the 200 from Arianna Daniel (25.38), both in fields of 30 participants. Julia Delucchi placed fourth in the 100 (13.07) and Savannah Greenwade was third in the 200 (26.06). Daniel, Delucchi and Greenwade also joined with Loghan Sprauer for a win in the 4x400 with a time of 3:56.90, and Soderstrom replaced Sprauer for a 4x100 team that took second in 48.09.

SOU’s men added two more event wins: AJ Sandvig topped a field of 24 in the 800 with a time of 1:56.70, and SOU dominated the 110-meter hurdles as Rhett Gonzalez (14.97), Bryce Goggin (15.52) and Justin Hall (16.00) finished first, second and third.

Rosero added a pair of runner-up efforts in the 100 (11.26) and 200 (22.41), while Chapman was fourth in both events (11.40, 22.65).

In the distance races, Ryan Alexander took fourth of 54 by completing the men’s 1,500 in 3:56.57. In the women’s 1,500, Jamie Chelberg was 11th of 31 in 4:59.20.

In the women’s field, Taylor Knauss notched a personal best of 16-10 1/2 for third place of 17 in the long jump. Emily Shaw claimed fourth of 19 in the shot put with of mark of 39-2 1/4 in her first action of the season, and KiAshe Hobby led the Raiders in fourth of 14 in the hammer at 151-8.