SOU ROUNDUP: Sandoval joins NAIA's 100-win club
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BELLEVUE, Wash. — Gabby Sandoval’s company in the record books keeps getting more exclusive. On Sunday, by winning her 24th consecutive decision, the Southern Oregon superstar became the ninth pitcher in NAIA history to join the 100-win club.
Sandoval’s latest milestone achievement coincided with another sweep for the top-ranked Raiders, who defeated Northwest (Wash.) 5-1 and 12-4 to take fatten their records to 19-1 and their winning streak to 13 games.
Northwest (0-12) made Sandoval and the Raiders sweat out Game 1, which marked the completion of the Cascade Conference portion of the four-game series. Sammi Caron’s sacrifice fly after Jordan Dippel’s leadoff triple gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the first inning, and pitcher Sydney Maurer made it stand until the sixth.
There, with two outs in the top half, Avery Morehead-Hutsell rewarded Sandoval with an RBI single, Allie Stines gave her a lead with an RBI double, and Hannah Shimek’s triple promptly put the Raiders up 3-1. Rylan Austin started the rally, and she and Riley Donovan set the stage for two more runs with hits in the seventh.
Sandoval marked the occasion with a season-high 10 strikeouts, reaching double figures for the fourth time in her career. Her record went to 10-0 on the season and 100-17 since debuting for the Raiders in 2017, and her ERA sunk to 1.20. The complete game was her 85th.
Sandoval needs just six more wins to break into the top-five on the NAIA’s all-time list.
The Raiders are 6-0 in CCC play going into Thursday and Friday’s home-opening series against Warner Pacific.
They won the non-conference series finale behind pitcher Hannah Stark, who improved to 3-0 by allowing one earned run over the first four innings.
The top of the order provided the offense. Stines hit two more doubles — giving her 15 on the season and five in the series, while also extending her hitting streak to 18 games — Shimek had two hits and three runs, and Lauren Quirke went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI.
SOUTHERN OREGON 2, BUSHNELL 0: At Ashland, Bushnell keeper Julian Hernandez contained Southern Oregon for as long as he could stay on the field, but that wasn’t long enough for the Beacons as SOU escaped with a season-opening win at Raider Stadium.
Hernandez dazzled in front of the net, keeping scoreless a game dominated by a Raiders attack that got off 29 shots compared to Bushnell’s four. He made eight saves, but in the 58th minute a Beacons defender made an overly-casual clearance pass to him that SOU forward Sam Walker picked, prompting Hernandez prevent an easy goal by grabbing Walker from behind.
Hernandez was issued a red card, and Alan Gaytan punched in the ensuing penalty kick.
Down a man, the Beacons were spread thin the rest of the way and Raider freshman Moises Hernandez took advantage by scoring his first collegiate goal on a breakaway with under a minute left.
In addition to the lopsided shot totals, the Raiders finished with a 14-0 advantage in corner kicks. Gaytan, Hernandez, Izaiha Bruce and Evan Norconk all had multiple shots on goal.
SOU keeper Liam Kalhagen was credited with his first career solo shutout by making one save.
The Beacons dipped to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
The game was SOU’s first since Nov. 13, 2019.
SOUTHERN OREGON 4, BUSHNELL 0: At Ashland, four different Raiders notched goals and Mia Santander assisted two of them as Southern Oregon picked up its first win of the season over Bushnell in Cascade Conference action.
On a windy afternoon in front of a fan-free grandstand, Sarah Mauk opened the floodgates in the 41st minute by taking Santander’s pass and firing from 18 yards out over Beacons keeper Makenna Haddaler. SOU (1-1-1 CCC) went on to post a 22-3 shots advantage in the second half — 32-3 for the game — and Madison Childers made it 2-0 five minutes into it, chipping in a shot set up by Ruth Hegstad.
Santander was awarded a second assist on Kiani Pandoliano’s towering shot that parachuted down and snuck under the post in the 74th minute, and Jasmine Gray assisted Natalie Paul’s capper in the 87th.
Haddaler was stellar with 11 saves but couldn’t overcome the lopsided attack. Childers, Mauk and Pandoliano each put three shots on goal. SOU also had seven corner kicks to the Beacons’ zero.
Raider keeper Jessie Selby needed just two saves to earn her first shutout of the season.