SOU ROUNDUP: Stines shines as Raiders sweep
ASHLAND — Southern Oregon University completed the most dominant softball season in Cascade Collegiate Conference history with two five-inning mercy rule wins Saturday over Corban, 14-4 and 9-1, at University Field.
The Raiders will take a 45-3 record into the postseason, as well as a multitude of hot bats — catcher Allie Stines’ being the hottest after she went 7-for-7 with a home run, two triples and a double, producing seven RBIs and five runs on the day.
While outscoring the fourth-place Warriors (25-20, 16-11 CCC) 44-10 over four games and 20 innings on the weekend, the Raiders raised their team batting average to .418.
With a 26-1 CCC record, they’re the first team ever to get through the conference slate with fewer than two losses. No team had recorded fewer than three since Oregon Tech went 17-2 in 2006.
Stines went 3-for-3 with a walk in Game 1, and her two-run double that triggered the eight-run rule in the fifth inning was her NAIA-leading 30th of the season.
Katrina Winterburn threw in two hits, two RBIs and two runs with a double, and Rylan Austin and Avery Morehead-Hutsell each had two hits.
Another complete-game, two-hit victory made Gabby Sandoval 25-1. After surrendering an RBI double in the first, she retired the final 13 batters.
In Game 2, Hannah Lilly celebrated her senior day with her first complete-game win. She gave up three earned runs and struck out two over five frames. She got help from Steph Collett, another senior getting a spot start, who doubled and reached on a walk.
Stines, again, provided a majority of the offensive fireworks by going 4-for-4 with five RBIs, four runs, and a blast over the right-field fence that accounted for SOU’s last two runs of the day. She capped the series at 10-for-14 with five extra-base hits and 13 RBIs.
Olivia Mackey had seven hits in the series and went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs in Game 2. Hannah Shimek registered three hits and two RBIs as the Raiders put up two runs in the first, five in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth.
The Raiders have applied the eight-run rule 20 times this season. They went 16-0 at home during the regular season and have won 49 of their last 50 at University Field.
Track and Field
SOU WOMEN’S 4X400 BREAKS OUT: At Corvallis, Southern Oregon’s women’s 4x400-meter relay team had a breakout day and the 4x100 squad was crisp again as the Oregon State High Performance Meet concluded at Whyte Track and Field Center.
The 4x400 team — consisting of Arianna Daniel, Camdyn Bruner, Lindsey Bonney and Baylee Touey — clocked in at in 3 minutes 51.45 seconds, its fastest time this season by a margin of eight seconds and the third-fastest on the NAIA list. The Raiders easily broke the 3:55 they needed to meet the NAIA ‘A’ standard and shot to No. 4 on the school’s all-time list.
Julia Delucchi replaced Bruner for the 4x100 team, which ran in 47.20 seconds to defeat quartets from University of Hawaii, Oregon State and Western Oregon. SOU’s season-bst time of 46.98 still stands at No. 6 on the national list.
Delucchi also posted a PR in the 100, running in 12.51 seconds for seventh place of 18.
On the men’s side, Chris Rosero placed ninth in the 100 in 10.95 seconds, Bryce Goggin was fourth in the 110 hurdles in 15.17, and Jacob Williams placed sixth in the high jump by clearing 6 feet 2 ¼ inches. The Raiders’ 4x100 men’s team was disqualified from its race.