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RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU completes sweep of WPU

ASHLAND — Cayla Williams twirled another shutout and Ashton Cathey left the yard twice as Southern Oregon completed a four-game sweep of Warner Pacific, winning 12-0 and 12-3 on Saturday afternoon at University Field.

The ninth-ranked Raiders ended every game on the weekend in five innings, boosting their record to 34-10 overall and 15-6 in the Cascade Conference with three series left to play.

Williams, a day after opening the set with a one-hitter, limited the Knights (5-27, 3-18) to two hits in Game 1. She struck out five and walked one, improving to 10-2. Katie Machado followed Williams’ performance by going to 11-3 with a complete game in the non-conference finale.

The Raiders ripped 29 hits on the day and Cathey accounted for five of them, hitting her seventh home run of the season in Game 1 and her eighth in Game 2. She added a double and totaled six RBIs and five runs scored.

SOU outscored the Knights 55-10 in the series, out-hit them 62-19, and committed just one error compared the WPU’s 12.

Riley Donovan and Phelicity Fa’aita added four hits apiece on the day and Fa’aita had a pair of doubles. Deja Acosta scored four runs, including three in Game 1, and finished 8-for-13 with 11 runs scored and six stolen bases in the series.

The Raiders recorded six extra-base hits in the first game, where they batted around in each of the first three innings. They added three more in the second, where they pieced together a seven-run rally in the fourth inning by tallying six consecutive hits at one point.

SOU padded its lead atop the NAIA runs leaderboard, bringing its season total to 344. Only one other team, Oregon Tech (302), has scored more than 300.

The Raiders remain in fourth place — a game back of third-place Eastern Oregon and two behind second-place College of Idaho — entering their series against Carroll (Mont.) on Thursday and Friday in Ashland.

Track & Field

TITAN INVITATIONAL: At Eugene, Southern Oregon had 43 of its 57 marks prove to be Cascade Conference Championship-worthy and freshman Camille Lawrence shined in her hometown in the Lane Community College meet.

Lawrence, a sprinter from Eugene, took over the top spot on the CCC’s 100-meter performance list by winning the race in 12.14 seconds, beating out runner-up teammate Lindsey Bonney (12.39). Lawrence’s time was the fourth-fastest in SOU women’s history, and her time in the 200 of 25.27 was the seventh-fastest ever for a Raider. She won that race, too, and landed at No. 2 on the conference list.

Two Raiders recorded NAIA ‘B’ standard marks — KiAshe Hobby in the hammer at 164 feet, 6 inches, and Adam O’Brien in the pole vault at 15-5 1/2 — but both had turned in superior marks earlier this season.

Abi Stevens joined Lawrence as a double-winner, prevailing in the high jump (5-2.5) and the long jump (17-8.75). Sienna Bauer won the triple jump (34-0.75) and India Collins the 100 hurdles (15.20). The 4x400 relay team of Aayzia Dumas, Stevens, Jenna Hodges and Baylee Touey added a first-place finish in 4:06.35.

The Raider men had five runner-up efforts: Andrew Mitchell in the javelin (178-11), Cade O’Connor in the 400 hurdles (56.59), Matthew O’Henley in the hammer (169-1), Jacob Williams in the high jump (5-8), and the 4x100 relay team of Blake Morgan, Shane McLaughlin, Dimitri Williams and Jacob Trone (43.30).