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RAIDER ROUNDUP: Top-ranked SOU sweeps softball openers

REDDING, Calif. — Gabby Sandoval picked up a win and a save, Allie Stines enjoyed a four-hit afternoon and the top-ranked Southern Oregon softball team opened its season with back-to-back victories Saturday at the Simpson Softball Field.

Sandoval went the distance for her 78th career win in the opener, a 6-1 defeat of Simpson of California that the Raiders busted open with a four-run seventh inning. They followed up by beating California’s Holy Names, 4-3, as Stines went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Abbie Lewis drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the fourth inning.

Lewis, a junior transfer making her SOU debut, led off the game against Simpson with a triple and came home on Hannah Shimek’s single. The Raiders made it 2-0 in the fourth after Olivia Mackey’s double drove in Lauren Quirke, who started the frame with an infield hit.

Sandoval struck out five and walked one in a six-hitter, giving up the Redhawks’ only run on Emily Fuller’s fourth-inning home run. The lineup gave her some breathing room in the seventh, where Mackey, Avery Morehead-Hutsell and Lewis loaded the bases and Stines came through with a two-run single that preceded Quirke’s two-run double.

Mackey and Morehead-Hutsell both accounted for two of SOU’s nine hits in the contest.

Against Holy Names, Stines gave the Raiders another first-inning lead with a double that chased home Lewis. They went up 3-1 in the second on RBI singles from Shimek and Stines, but HNU’s Aly Cerda tied the score with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third.

Lewis’ decisive swing in the fourth drove in Mackenzie Evangelisti, who pinch-ran for Erika Marquez after a hit and was sacrificed into scoring position by Morehead-Hutsell.

Quirke earned the pitching decision with 22/3 innings of scoreless relief. She ran into trouble in the seventh with runners on first and third with no outs, however, triggering the decision to call on Sandoval.

HNU assisted in the jam by running themselves out of it: Lyndsey Widner was tagged out at home on a failed first-and-third double steal, and Sandoval struck out Cienna Cheshier before inducing Aloni Appleton’s grounder to shortstop for the final out.

The Raiders will play the same teams at the same site today, facing HNU at noon and Simpson at 2 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

SOU 70, NORTHWEST 67: At Ashland, Tate Hoffman poured in 25 points and added nine rebounds and three assists to propel Southern Oregon in the Cascade Collegiate Conference tilt at Lithia Motors Pavilion.

Jordan Hunt added 15 points and 10 rebounds, Aaron Borich had 13 points and five assists and Tez Allen contributed 10 assists and five rebounds for the Raiders (18-5, 12-3 CCC).

Dejwan Walker scored 20 points and Hussayn Ford had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead Northwest (14-8, 9-4) of Washington.

Women’s Basketball

SOU 59, NORTHWEST 42: At Ashland, Dominique Harding and Syd’Nee Fryer each scored 11 points to spark Southern Oregon to the Cascade Collegiate Conference victory at the Lithia Motors Pavilion.

Fryer also pulled in 18 rebounds and added three assists and three steals for Southern Oregon (15-7, 11-4 CCC), while Harding added four setals and five rebounds.

The Raiders broke open a tight contest by outscoring Northwest (7-16, 5-8) 26-16 in the second and third quarters combined.

Kami Walk contributed eight points and eight rebounds for the Raiders and Daranda Hinkey had seven points and four assists.

Lexi Biggerstaff scored 10 points for Northwest, which got nine points and six rebounds each from Maya DuChesne and Livi Lindsey.

Track & Field

WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL: At Seattle, Southern Oregon senior All-Americans Arianna Daniel and Joseph Dotson concluded impressive season debuts by meeting NAIA Indoor Championship qualifying standards inside the Dempsey Indoor Center.

Daniel became a women’s 400-meter automatic qualifier by checking in at 58.05 seconds — she needed a time of 58.40 or better for the ‘A’ standard — and Dotson hit the provisional standard in the men’s heptathlon with 4,898 points, making his the fifth-best score among NAIA athletes this season.

On Friday, Daniel just missed the 200-meter ‘B’ standard of 25.90 seconds with a mark of 25.97. Daniel, who placed sixth in the 400 at last year’s NAIA Indoor Championships, came back Saturday to place 13th in the 400 amid an invitational field largely consisting of NCAA Division I runners.

Dotson, one of four non-Division I entrants in the heptathlon, finished seventh in the overall standings. He finished strong with two-second personal best time of 2:41.5 in the 1,000-meter finale, where he accumulated 857 of his points. Dotson also came up just a centimeter short of a PR in the high jump (1.83 meters) and one-hundredth of a second short of a PR in the 60-meter dash (7.48).

Two of his biggest point yields came Saturday when he scored 757 in the 60-meter hurdles (8.95) and 731 in the pole vault (4.40 meters).

Dotson, who redshirted the 2019 outdoor season following three consecutive All-America efforts in the decathlon, was the sixth-place finisher in the heptathlon at last year’s NAIA Indoor Championships.

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