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Raiders win two more to remain perfect

REDDING, Calif. — Avery Morehead-Hutsell and Allie Stines combined for nine hits and acted as catalysts in two decisive innings as Southern Oregon defeated William Jessup (Calif.), 7-5, and Simpson (Calif.), 15-5, back-to-back Saturday at Simpson Field.

The No. 1-ranked Raiders went to 6-0 despite uncharacteristic outings from their star pitchers, staying perfect instead on the strength of 24 total hits along with the nine unearned runs gifted by the Warriors (2-5) and Redhawks (5-5).

Against WJU, SOU senior ace Gabby Sandoval wore two unearned runs in the first inning and gave up two solo home runs later but still won her 17th consecutive decision and improved to 3-0. In her third straight complete game, she struck out seven, walked three, allowed eight hits and was charged with three earned runs.

She and the Raiders trailed 4-3 in the fourth when Morehead-Hutsell took the lead back with a two-run single and Stines followed with her own RBI hit. Morehead-Hutsell drove in another run in the fifth, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored before going 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and two RBIs in the nightcap.

Lauren Quirke went 2-for-4 and Katrina Winterburn doubled with two runs in the opener. Stines went 2-for-4 with a double, then doubled and popped her first home run of the year against Simpson.

Stines' bat chased home a run that put SOU up 6-5 over the Redhawks in the fourth inning. She later punctuated a nine-run sixth inning with the homer, a two-run shot.

That crooked number began developing when Quirke hit an RBI single and Riley Donovan knocked a two-run triple to make it 9-5. A two-out Simpson error opened the door for six more. Before Stines' shot, Morehead-Hutsell drove a two-run double.

SOU had gone up 5-0 with a five-run first inning in which Tayler Walker and Lauren Weinberg contributed RBI hits. The Raiders gave all five back in the third, prompting Hannah Stark to come on in relief for Quirke. Stark responded with 3 1/3 innings of scoreless work and five strikeouts to earn the decision.

Quirke and Donovan tallied two hits each in Game 2.

The Raiders will run it back today, facing WJU at 10 a.m. and Simpson at 2 p.m. in Redding.