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RAIDER ROUNDUP: Love, Menefee spark SOU

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Freshmen Piper Love and Mayze Menefee helped the Southern Oregon softball team successfully turn the page on Northwest (Wash.) in 5-3 and 5-2 victories on Saturday at Bellevue College Field.

After suffering back-to-back Cascade Conference losses against the Eagles (10-24 overall, 7-13 CCC) on Friday, the Raiders (29-9, 12-5) recovered as Love connected for her second and third home runs of the series and Menefee pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

In Game 1, they claimed the third and final conference game of the set behind Menefee and Phelicity Fa’aita’s and 10 combined strikeouts. Fa’aita pitched 4 1/3 innings to earn the decision and improve to 7-2, and Menefee came on for an eight-out save in which she allowed one hit and struck out three.

Love hit a solo home run in the second and Ashton Cathey tallied two RBIs, including one on a squeeze-bunt in the seventh to provide the Raiders with an insurance run. SOU had led 4-0 at one point after Riley Donovan’s bases-loaded walk in the fourth.

Menefee threw five shutout innings after coming on in the third in Game 2. She scattered four hits and struck out five without a walk, and brought her record to 4-1.

Love went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in the first and a solo homer, her fifth of the year, in the fifth. Deja Acosta produced her second two-hit game of the day, drove in two runs and scored another. Riley Donovan went 2-for-4 with an RBI double.

Love finished the series 8-for-14 with five RBIs and four runs scored. Donovan and Fa’aita finished it with six hits apiece.

Track & Field

HAYWARD PREMIER: At Eugene, Molly Guerra broke one Southern Oregon University women’s track and field record and the Raiders’ 4x400-meter relay team threatened another on Day 2 at Hayward Field.

Guerra turned in a discus throw of 155 feet, breaking Nicole Robertson’s 2000 school record by 3 feet, 3 inches. Hers is now the best mark in the NAIA by a full 2-11, and she placed fourth of 16 in an NCAA Division I-dominated competition.

The SOU women’s 4x400 team of Erin Gibson, Aayzia Dumas, Abi Stevens and Camille Lawrence recorded the second-fasted time in SOU history at 3 minutes, 50.92 seconds. They and the 4x100 team — featuring Baylee Touey, Lawrence, Julia Delucchi and Lindsey Bonney — both met the NAIA ‘A’ standard, with the former jumping to No. 2 on the national performance list and the latter settling in at No. 6. The 4x100 quartet’s time of 47.30 seconds put them at No. 4 on the Raiders’ all-time list.

Lawrence’s strong day extended to the 400, where she clocked in at 57.41 seconds to place seventh of 16. Gibson finished ninth in 9th in 58.27, and Dumas joined them by meeting the CCC qualifying standard in 58.92.

Bonney led the Raiders in both the 100 (12.37) and 200 (25.54) with 19th- and 21st-place showings.

On the men’s side, Andrew Mitchell claimed the top spot on the CCC’s discus performance list with a throw of 153-1, which put him at 13th place of 22. Shane McLaughlin ran 11.14 in the 100 and 22.34 in the 200, and Cade O’Connor finished the 400 hurdles in 58.31.