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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Raiders finish sweep of Yotes

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University softball team’s path to a third consecutive Cascade Conference championship cleared up considerably after wrapping up a four-game sweep of College of Idaho on Saturday at University Field.

The No. 1-ranked Raiders rolled 6-0 in the third and final CCC game of the series, then finished off the non-conference finale 8-0 in six innings for their 12th and 13th straight wins.

The Yotes had only been shut out once this season, two months ago, until SOU pitchers Gabby Sandoval and Lauren Quirke logged two more dominant starts.

With six conference games left to play, the Raiders (38-2, 20-1 CCC) are two games ahead of the Yotes (30-12, 18-3) and four ahead of third-place Oregon Tech (32-6, 16-5), who will meet next week at C of I.

The Yotes had won 24 of their last 25 games before meeting SOU. On the weekend, SOU outscored them 28-3, out-hit them 45-14, and committed just one error compared to their 11.

Senior second baseman Hannah Shimek went 7-for-8 on the day with a bunt double and three stolen bases, and in Game 2 she broke SOU’s all-time record for RBIs with three of them to raise her total to 143.

Allie Stines also roped three doubles in the contest to break her own single-season Cascade Conference record, which now stands at 27.

In Game 1, Sandoval spun a two-hitter for her ninth shutout, went to 20-0 on the season, and moved to No. 4 on the NAIA’s all-time wins list with her 110th.

The Raiders broke open a scoreless game in the third inning with five two-out runs, the first two of which came in on Tayler Walker’s bloop double. Rylan Austin, Katrina Winterburn and Olivia Mackey subsequently rolled RBI singles through the infield, and Riley Donovan hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Sandoval, who struck out seven without a walk, has won 34 consecutive decisions.

Quirke went to 13-2 in the circle with her second win in as many days, a five-hitter that went down as her fourth shutout.

Men’s Basketball

SOU 87, CORBAN 82: At Ashland, Tez Allen and Josh Meyer willed Southern Oregon past a red-hot Corban squad with 30 combined second-half points in the Raiders' third straight win in Cascade Conference play.

Allen flirted with a triple-double with 21 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals. The junior from Carson City, Nev., hit a career-high five 3-pointers, including three in the second half to help SOU erase what had been a 12-point deficit.

With 1 minute, 20 seconds left to play, Allen's step-back 3 from the left wing broke an 80-all tie and gave the Raiders the lead for good, helping them improve to 3-2.

The Warriors, who'd won 10 of their last 11, dipped to 10-3 and 5-2 in the CCC on a night when guard Kendall Moore scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting.

Meyer, a junior forward from Seattle, Wash., heated up with 17 of his 24 points in the second half on 6-of-8 shooting. He also pulled down seven rebounds, and with 20 seconds left in a one-point game hit both ends of a one-and-one opportunity at the line. After the Raiders got one final stop, Jake Virga hit two more free throws to seal it.

Virga registered 14 points, had five assists and two steals, and shot 3-of-5 from 3. The Raiders were hot up and down the lineup beyond the arc with a 13-of-27 mark collectively. Josh Washington did most of their damage inside with 11 points on five dunks and eight rebounds.

They led 19-13 early before Corban put them on their heels with a 15-1 run. The Warrior lead expanded to 12 and was at 10 before Allen hit a 3 at the first-half buzzer.

Corban was up 67-59 with 9:21 to go when Allen got the Raiders back in it with another 3 followed by a steal that led to his transition layup. With 4:51 left, Meyer's 3-pointer from the top gave the Raiders their first lead of the half at 77-75.

Raider freshman guards Elijah Jackson and Mason Whittaker contributed seven points and two assists apiece.

Moore was the only player in double figures for the Warriors, though Dirk Helaire II chipped in nine points and four assists off the bench.

The teams will match up again at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Track and Field

RAIDER RELAY SHARP: At Eugene, Southern Oregon University's women's 4x100-meter relay team was sharp again on a light day of action at Lane's Titan Invitational.

The Raider quartet of Baylee Touey, Arianna Daniel, Julia Delucchi and Lindsey Bonney ran the 4x100 in 47.67 seconds - an NAIA 'A' standard time, but not good enough to replace their mark of 46.98 that still stands at No. 4 on the national leaderboard.

Bonney, Daniel and Touey joined Camdyn Bruner to run the 4x400 in 3:59.50.

On the men's side, Cascade Conference sprints leader Chris Rosero placed second of 14 in the 200 in 22.26 seconds, and Shane McLaughlin was fourth in 22.48. Joseph Dotson ran the 400 hurdles for just the second time in his career and recorded the third-best time in the CCC this season, 55.94.

The Raider men's relay teams were also in action. The 4x100 squad finished in 42.64 and the 4x400 in 3:27.43.

SOU returns to Ashland next week for Friday and Saturday's Raider Invitational. SOU will also host the CCC Multi-Event Championships on Thursday and Friday.

Men’s Soccer

ROGUE CC 3, CHEMEKETA 2: Rogue Community College evened its record at 1-1, firing 18 shots, including 14 on goal, in the home win.

RCC’s Jhoel Sarraude scored in the seventh minute off a pass from Randy Rodriguez. Sarraude added another score in the 62nd minute, going one-on-one with the goalie.

Sarraude assisted on the Ospreys’ third score in the 65th minute, the goal coming from Rodriguez.

Volleyball

ROGUE CC 3, SOUTHWESTERN 0: At Grants Pass, Rogue Community College completed a season sweep of Southwestern behind the strength of its serving, putting up 12 aces in a 25-14, 25-14, 25-21 victory Friday.

The Ospreys (6-2) were led in serving by Noelani Beard, who had five aces — all in a single serving run — against Southwestern (4-4).

The Ospreys are tied for second in the NWAC South Region.