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Machado’s 2-hitter leads SOU to split vs. Simpson

REDDING, Calif. — Southern Oregon rode Katie Machado’s two-hit shutout to its third straight win over Simpson (Calif.) before the Redhawks stopped the streak with some seventh-inning dramatics Sunday at the SU Softball Field.

Machado improved to 2-0 with her second complete game in as many days in Game 1, which the No. 5-ranked Raiders (3-1) won 3-0. They lost 6-5 in Game 2 after Chloe Garcia hit a game-tying, two-run home run with two outs during the Redhawks’ last at-bat.

Akela Holder kept the rally going with a single. Her pinch-runner, Maya Gonzalez, moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and came home as the winning run on Marissa Ramirez’s base hit.

Sammie Pemberton hit two doubles, scored one run and drove in another in Game 2 for SOU. Kailer Fulton added a pair of RBI singles.

In Game 1, Deja Acosta scored the Raiders’ only run through the first six innings on a wild pitch after tripling. They manufactured two more unearned in the seventh on three singles and a fielding error. Acosta and Fulton both had RBIs and Sarah Kerling scored a run.

Machado allowed just two singles, struck out seven and didn’t issue a walk — giving her a 15-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in two starts against Simpson. Madison Greco was the only Redhawk to get past first base but Machado kept her stranded at third by ending the fifth inning with a strikeout.

The doubleheader marked the beginning of a stretch of 11 consecutive games for the Raiders in California. They’ll be at William Jessup on Friday and Menlo on Saturday.