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RAIDER ROUNDUP: OIT upsets SOU in CCC tournament

ASHLAND — A lazy Sunday afternoon is not in the cards for the Southern Oregon University softball team if it is to win a fourth consecutive Cascade Conference Tournament trophy.

On Day 2 of the CCC Championships presented by U.S. Bank, 17th-ranked Oregon Tech knocked off the Raiders 5-0 Saturday at University Field as Sarah Abramson became the first pitcher to shut them out this season.

OIT (41-8), the No. 3 seed in the tourney, stayed unbeaten in the double-elimination bracket and advanced to today’s 1:30 p.m. title round.

The No.1-ranked Raiders (46-4) need three straight victories to win the championship. They’ll start with an elimination game against No. 2 seed College of Idaho at 11 a.m. After that, they’d have to beat the Owls twice.

They’d won 10 consecutive CCC Tournament contests before Saturday’s loss, which was also snapped a 44-game home winning streak dating back to 2019.

Abramson scattered six hits, struck out three and didn’t issue a walk in the performance. It brought her record to 22-5 a day after she no-hit Warner Pacific and earned the decision in a win against College of Idaho.

She entered the driver’s seat when the Owls rallied for all five of their runs on five hits in a row during the third inning. With the bases loaded, Kennedi Jantzi drove in the first two with a single. The next batter, Maggie Buckholz, drove a three-run home run that cleared the fence by inches in right field.

SOU pitcher Gabby Sandoval exited with 2 1/3 innings on her line, marking her briefest start of the year. She fell to 26-2.

Lauren Quirke and Avery Morehead-Hutsell both produced two hits and a double apiece for the Raiders. Quirke also got through the final 3 2/3 innings in relief without allowing a run.

Men’s Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 95, EASTERN OREGON 93: At La Grande, Southern Oregon wrapped up its spring season with a close win over Eastern Oregon at Quinn Coliseum.

It was the second win in less than 24 hours over EOU, as one of SOU’s best offensive performances in 2021 resulted in a 93-76 win Friday night.

Stats from Saturday afternoon’s game were not available at press time.

The Raiders, who had not played in two weeks before the trip to La Grande due to Bushnell canceling last weekend’s pair of games due to COVID-19 protocol, finished the spring season on a four-game winning streak and with a 7-4 record.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSOU's Avery Morehead-Hutsell connects for an RBI triple during the 6th inning.