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Three Raiders named All Americans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A week after taking Southern Oregon to the top of the NAIA, juniors Lauren Quirke, Gabby Sandoval and Allie Stines cemented their historic seasons with All-America accolades, which were announced Tuesday by the national office.

Sandoval and Stines landed first-team honors a year after Harlee Donovan became the first Raider to earn the distinction — Donovan was the 2018 NAIA Player of the Year. Quirke was a second-team selection and voted the NAIA Softball World Series MVP, making room for teammates Sandoval, Paige Leeper and Olivia Mackey on the All-Tournament team.

Sandoval, the Cascade Conference Pitcher of the Year, steamrolled through the postseason on her way to a 36-4 record and a 1.19 ERA, which ranked 11th nationally. Hers was the 10th-highest win total in NAIA history and the highest since 2013. She collected nine victories and three of her CCC-record 15 shutouts in the postseason, where she totaled 69 2/3 of her 252 innings pitched.

The product of Anaheim, California, recorded an SOU-record 207 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .189 batting average. She allowed one or no earned runs in 25 of 36 starts, and in the process ran her career win total to 77, another Raider record.

Stines and Quirke, both first-year Raiders, put together two of the most prolific campaigns ever at the plate for SOU after transferring as teammates from College of San Mateo (Calif.).

The lefty swingers now rank first and second in extra-base hits in SOU single-season history, as Quirke recorded five home runs, 10 doubles and 18 triples, and Stines had five homers, two triples and a conference-record 25 doubles. Quirke also set a new SOU mark for total bases (144) and finished with a .444 average, 63 RBIs and 49 runs scored. Stines finished at .409 with 54 RBIs and 69 runs scored. The pair landed at identical on-base percentages of .496.

They made their marks in the field, too: Stines set an SOU record at catcher with 17 runners caught stealing, and Quirke, along with playing a sharp third base, went 7-1 with a 3.54 ERA over 65 1/3 innings pitched.

Quirke’s World Series MVP exploits included a 7-for-15 mark with two doubles, a triple, five RBIs and four runs scored. Leeper went 5-for-16 with two home runs, including a grand slam in the first inning of SOU’s title-clinching victory, and Mackey went 6-for-14. In five games pitched in Missouri, Sandoval went 4-1 with a 1.99 ERA.

Southern Oregon University pitcher Gabby Sandoval chats with catcher Allie Stines during a first round playoff game against Marymount at US Cellular Community Park. (PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)