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SOU’s NAIA World Series opener halted due to rain

COLUMBUS, Georgia — Southern Oregon University got halfway through its NAIA Softball World Series opener Friday against Bethany (Kan.) before a thunderstorm halted play for the night.

The top-seeded Raiders (49-5) and No. 9-seeded Swedes (30-27) will pick up at 7 a.m. Pacific time this morning where they left off, with SOU leading 1-0 and batting with no outs in the bottom of the fourth.

Senior first baseman Tayler Walker gave the Raiders a lead to sleep on, jumping on Samantha Quezada’s first pitch of the second inning and sending it over the fence in left field for her second home run of the postseason. Meanwhile, Raider pitcher Gabby Sandoval is working on a no-hitter with five strikeouts and four walks.

The game was called around 9:50 p.m. local time.

The rest of today’s schedule has been pushed back as a result. The SOU-Bethany winner will move on to play No. 4 seed College of Idaho at 1:30 p.m. PDT, but the loser will have to turnaround to play an elimination game at 11 a.m. PDT against No. 10-seeded Houston-Victoria (Texas).

The SOU-Bethany start had already been pushed back an hour due to rain delays earlier in the day. No rain is in today’s forecast.

SOU senior first baseman Tayler Walker, seen here in a file photo, hit a solo home run against Bethany prior to Friday’s game being suspended due to thunderstorms. (Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune)