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SOU splits Day 2 with OIT to win series

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KLAMATH FALLS — Southern Oregon’s team-record winning streak ended Saturday at 19 games in its third and final Cascade Conference game against No. 5 Oregon Tech, but the No. 1 Raiders restored order in the nonleague finale to take three of four overall in the series at Stilwell Stadium.

After posting 2-0 and 8-3 wins Friday, the Raiders led 5-1 in the third game of the series until the Owls tied it with four runs in the fifth inning and won it with a nine-run sixth, 14-5. SOU’s recovery was a 6-2 victory in which Hannah Shimek homered and Lauren Quirke pitched a four-hit complete game without giving up an earned run.

The Raiders, who return home next Friday and Saturday to play Providence (Mont.), ended the weekend at 26-2 overall and 11-1 in the CCC, a game behind 25th-ranked College of Idaho in the standings. OIT stands at 22-4 and 9-3.

Quirke was the pitcher of decision in both contests, though Gabby Sandoval was cruising with a four-run cushion after Katrina Winterburn’s solo home run and Riley Donovan’s two-run single in the fourth inning of Game 1.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, however, OIT’s Kennedy Jantzi launched a three-run home run for her 12th of the season. The next batter, Aubrie Businger, made it back-to-back shots with her second of the day.

Quirke replaced Sandoval with the score tied in the sixth, was charged with five runs and didn’t record an out. The Owls had nine hits in the inning, including Jensen Becker’s three-run home run off of Hannah Lilly that put the mercy rule into effect with just one out.

Winterburn went 3-for-3 in the game. The home run was her second of the season.

Shimek had two hits in both contests, and her Game 2 homer was the second of her career.

Riley Donovan also totaled four hits on the afternoon, and she and Rylan Austin hit RBI singles that put SOU ahead in the first. Shimek’s two-run shot made it 4-0 in the second, and Austin added another run-scoring hit in the third.

Quirke improved to 9-2 in the circle. She struck out five with two walks and helped herself with two hits, an RBI double included.

Volleyball

RCC 3, CHEMEKETA 0: At Grants Pass, Rogue Community College used an attack spearheaded by setter Devin Ireland to post the Ospreys’ second win of the week over Chemeketa, 25-20, 25-15, 25-16, late Friday.

The Ospreys (2-0) saw returner Noelanie Beard and newcomers Amanda Klotz and Precious Tauanuu pace the offensive showing, with returner Trinity Atuatasi anchoring the defense.