SOU ROUNDUP: Ramirez named CCC's top women's wreslter
ASHLAND — Southern Oregon senior Sienna Ramirez has been named the Cascade Conference women’s wrestler of the year.
Last Saturday, Ramirez became SOU’s first national champion women’s wrestler at the NAIA National Invitational, where she was perfect in five matches as the No. 8 seed in the 155-pound bracket even though she and the Raiders had sat out the entire season leading up to the tournament.
Ramirez, a four-time All-American, is SOU’s all-time wins leader with a career 84-25 record. She previously competed at 143 pounds.
In Jamestown, she went through the Nos. 1, 2 and 5 seeds in the final three rounds to win the title. Her run included two pins, two technical falls and a decision.
Ramirez’s championship also made her an automatic qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
RAIDERS FINISH SWEEP OF WPU: At Ashland, junior Riley Donovan recorded a pair of walk-off hits to lead No. 1-ranked Southern Oregon to a pair of wins, 3-2 and 11-3, and a series sweep over Warner Pacific at University Field.
In the bottom of the seventh of Game 1, Donovan muscled a two-out single off the hands and into center field to bring home Hannah Shimek and complete SOU’s comeback win for a sweep of the three-game Cascade Conference portion of the series. In the bottom of the fifth of Game 2, she popped a noisy two-run home run to left field that triggered the mercy rule.
Owners of a 17-game winning streak, the No. 1-ranked Raiders are 23-1 overall, 9-0 in the CCC and off to the best start in team history.
Donovan went 5-for-7 on the day Allie Stines went 5-for-8. Stines finished the series with six extra-base hits — three doubles, two triples and a home run — and kept alive her 22-game hitting streak while bringing her batting average to .500.
SOU shortstop Rylan Austin had seven RBIs in the series.
Raider ace Gabby Sandoval outdueled WPU freshman Melia Croydon to improve to 12-0, striking out nine in a three-hit complete game.
Quirke, who had two hits in each game to up her average to .494, pitched all five innings of the non-conference finale in relief after the first four Knights got on base to take a 2-0 lead against Hannah Stark.
A day after throwing a two-hit shutout, Quirke held WPU to one hit, struck out seven and didn’t walk any. The only run she gave up was unearned, bringing her streak of innings without an earned run to 36 — one short of the SOU record established by Victoria Mackey.
Track & Field
GOGGIN HITS NATIONAL QUALIFYING MARK: At Ashland, Bryce Goggin set himself up for an extended season by debuting with an NAIA Championships automatic-qualifying time in the 110-meter hurdles on Day 2 of Southern Oregon’s opening meet at Raider Stadium.
Goggin needed 14.75 seconds to hit the ‘A’ standard and got in at 14.73, easily erasing his previous personal best of 15.18. He and teammate Solomon Tinnon (15.66) led the eight-person field, and Julia Delucchi won the women’s 100 hurdles race in 15.40 seconds.
A pair of SOU senior Cascade Conference champions took the 200-meter races — Arianna Daniel on the women’s side, with a time of 24.98 that was just five-hundredths of a second short of a NAIA ‘B’ mark, and Chris Rosero on the men’s side, clocking in at 22.42 to top a 13-person field.