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Raider roundup: SOU sweeps OIT, streak at 19

Gabby Sandoval earns two wins for Southern Oregon over Oregon Tech. SOU Sports Information photo

KLAMATH FALLS — Gabby Sandoval had her way with the NAIA’s highest-scoring lineup and top-ranked Southern Oregon clinched a pivotal Cascade Conference series with back-to-back wins over No. 5 Oregon Tech, 2-0 and 8-3, the latter in extra innings Friday at Stilwell Stadium.

The longest winning streak in school history stretched to 19 games for the Raiders (25-1 overall, 11-0 CCC), who dropped the Owls (21-3, 8-3) three games back of first place.

Sandoval pitched her 32nd career shutout in Game 1 despite yielding more hits (nine) than in any of the previous 31, and left fielder Katrina Winterburn came through with a two-run double to right-center field in the fourth inning that proved to be the difference.

Sandoval also earned the Game 2 win, which made her 14-0, by throwing 3 2/3 innings of relief in which she allowed only an unearned run. She bought time for the Raider lineup to come alive with five runs on five hits in the ninth, which was started with back-to-back doubles from Hannah Shimek and Lauren Quirke.

Quirke went 5-for-6 with two doubles and two walks on the day.

As the Game 2 starter, she broke SOU’s record for consecutive innings pitched without allowing an earned run with five more that brought her run to 41 frames. It ended in the sixth, when OIT’s Krista Ward served up an RBI double that cut SOU’s lead to 3-2.

Sarah Abramson led off the bottom of the seventh for OIT by reaching on an error, and the Owls turned that mishap into the game-tying run with a bunt and McKenna Armantrout’s RBI single.

After Shimek and Quirke’s extra-base hits recovered the lead for SOU in the ninth, Tayler Walker hit an RBI single and Olivia Mackey a sacrifice fly. Avery Morehead-Hutsell, who hit a run-scoring single in the top of the sixth, put a bow on the rally with a two-run triple.

The Raiders dealt OIT freshman Mckenzie Staub (10-1) her first loss. In Game 1, they dropped Sarah Abramson to 11-2 despite her five-hitter.

Quirke’s pitching line included five hits, two strikeouts and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Sandoval struck out three in her series-opening complete game, but the Owls tagged her for four doubles among their nine hits. Jensen Becker, who went 3-for-3, hit one of them.

Sandoval is 7-0 against OIT since the start of 2019. Allie Stines helped maintain her perfect record in Game 2 with sliding, run-saving catches in left field to end the sixth and eighth innings.

The Raiders and Owls will complete the CCC series at 11 a.m. Saturday. The fourth game of the set, a non-conference affair, will follow.

Track and Field

SPRINTERS SHINE: At Ashland, Southern Oregon women’s sprinters Arianna Daniel and Lindsey Bonney had the fastest 200-meter battle between teammates in school history and four Raider men posted the top Cascade Conference marks this season at Raider Stadium.

Daniel, the owner of SOU’s 200 record of 24.51 seconds, won the race in 24.76. Bonney placed second in 24.79, easily a personal best and the new No. 4 mark on SOU’s all-time list. Both times were good enough to hit the NAIA ‘B’ standard, and Daniel was just one-hundredth of a second away from hitting the ‘A’ a day after doing so in the 400.

Two Raider freshmen also became provisional qualifiers for the NAIA championships in the multi-events. Camdyn Bruner scored 4,211 points in the women’s heptathlon, clearing the national standard of 3,900, and Solomon Tinnon scored 5,720 in the men’s decathlon, clearing the bar of 5,600.

Bryce Goggin, Chris Rosero and Josh Washington joined Tinnon in recording CCC-best men’s marks.

In the 110 hurdles, Goggin improved the NAIA championships auto-qualifying time he posted last week to 14.67, the sixth-fastest on the national performance list. Rosero and Shane McLaughlin finished second and third in the 200 with times of 22.20 and 22.26 that now top the conference list. And Washington, the CCC’s defending high jump champion, cleared 6 feet, 3¼ inches in his season debut to match teammate Jacob Williams for No. 1 on that conference list.

KiAshe Hobby and Sarah Johnson placed second and third in the women’s discus. Hobby’s throw of 132-1 put her on top of the conference and Johnson checked in at 120-0.

A handful of Raider distance runners debuted in the 1,500. For the men, Zeke Stelzer (4:02.68) and Kevin VanDyke (4:03.48) finished first and second. And for the women, Maya Smith (5:03.04) and Haylee Brodahl (5:04.83) led the way in fourth and fifth place.