Sandoval moves up on NAIA wins list, SOU sweeps series
ASHLAND — Gabby Sandoval broke into the top-5 on the NAIA all-time wins list and Lauren Quirke stroked two more home runs as Southern Oregon rolled through another sweep of Providence (Mont.), 8-0 and 12-0, Saturday afternoon at University Field.
The top-ranked Raiders (30-2 overall, 14-1 Cascade Conference) outscored the Argos (2-18, 2-13) 47-1 in the series, finishing off all four games with the eight-run mercy rule in five innings. They hit the 30-win mark in three fewer games than any other team in program history.
Sandoval’s climb up the national record book took her to 16-0 on the season, 106-17 in her career, and gave her 30 consecutive wins without a loss dating back to 2019. Her second shutout in as many days was a two-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Riley Donovan tied Quirke for the team lead in home runs with her fifth in Game 1, a line drive to left field that served as the exclamation point in a five-run fourth inning.
They didn’t stay tied for long. Quirke became the first Raider with a multi-homer game since 2019 in the series finale, hitting her third and fourth bombs of the weekend — a two-run shot in the first and a solo homer in the third — to give her seven this year.
Hannah Stark and Rylan Austin combined for the Game 2 shutout.
OREGON TECH 105, SOUTHERN OREGON 99, OT: At Klamath Falls, Josh Meyer and Jake Virga combined for 52 points but Southern Oregon wore down and fell in overtime against Oregon Tech at Danny Miles Court.
Meyer, a junior forward, turned in his second straight double-double with 30 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 13-of-20 from the field. Virga, a junior guard, hit his first four 3-point tries and finished with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
Together they helped the Raiders lead by as many as 15 and erase deficits on three straight possessions in the final two minutes of regulation, but the defense couldn’t hold.
SOU got 34 points from its bench. In his second collegiate outing, Elijah Jackson scored 17 of those.