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Sandoval cracks NAIA top-10 wins list

REDDING, Calif. — Southern Oregon senior Gabby Sandoval broke into the top-10 on the NAIA’s all-time pitcher wins list with a four-hit shutout that led the top-ranked Raiders to a 5-0 defeat of Simpson (Calif.) on Sunday at Simpson Field.

Sandoval’s 30th career shutout brought her overall record at SOU to 94-17. She’s won 17 consecutive decisions and is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA on the season.

The win also represented SOU’s recovery from a 4-2 loss to William Jessup (Calif.) earlier in the day, which ended a 19-game winning streak spanning back to last season that was the longest in school history.

After four games each against both Simpson and William Jessup, the Raiders stand at 7-1.

In the latest win, they gave Sandoval a 3-0 advantage before she ever entered the circle. Lauren Quirke went 3-for-4 and Allie Stines was 2-for-4, and both doubled and scored first-inning runs as Tayler Walker and Katrina Winterburn hit RBI singles. Walker squeezed in another run in the third and Quirke doubled home the last in the seventh.

Sandoval struck out five and walked one. She’d no-hit the Redhawks (6-6) in her previous start against them last weekend.

Against Jessup (3-6), freshman pitcher Terra Goetz silenced SOU’s bats in a four-hitter, yielding only two unearned runs in the seventh inning. She struck out one but induced 18 groundouts.

Stines had two of the Raiders’ hits and their only RBI.

The Warriors plated all four of their runs in the fourth. A bases-loaded walk started the scoring and Hailey Hiett’s two-run single greeted reliever Hannah Stark after she came on for Quirke. Stark pitched the final 2 1/3 innings and wasn’t charged with a run.

Gabby Sandoval / MT file photo