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RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU’s Donovan, Williams earn awards

ASHLAND — Riley Donovan was voted Cascade Conference softball player of the week and Cayla Williams collected the CCC pitcher of the week award after monster performances in Southern Oregon’s four-game sweep of Warner Pacific.

Donovan, a senior catcher from Half Moon Bay, Calif., rose to the top of the NAIA leaderboards in home runs (12) and RBIs (63) against the Knights. In Friday’s doubleheader alone, she tied SOU’s single-season home run record and became the first Raider ever to tally 10 RBIs in a CCC twin bill.

Including Wednesday’s split at No. 2-ranked Oregon Tech, Donovan went 10-for-16 with 13 RBIs, eight runs scored, four extra-base hits and four walks over six games.

Williams, a junior right-hander from San Jose, Calif., threw a one-hit shutout Friday and a two-hit shutout Saturday against the Knights, both in five innings, to improve to 10-2. She also registered her fourth save in Wednesday’s Game 2 win at OIT.

Williams posted a 2.40 ERA with 10 strikeouts and seven walks over 11 2/3 innings on the week.

The Raiders (34-10 overall, 15-6 CCC) host Carroll (Mont.) in a four-game set this week. Pending weather-related changes, it is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at University Field.

Football

BONE MARROW DRIVE: Southern Oregon University football is teaming up with Be The Match to host the Raider Athletics Marrow Drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday at SOU’s Stevenson Union.

SOU is one of approximately 130 universities nationwide at which Be The Match — operated by the nonprofit National Marrow Donor Program — is hosting similar registration drives, where the aim is to find donors for blood disease patients whose survival depends on bone marrow transplants.

The drive is targeting potential donors ages 18-40. Participants will fill out a short application and submit to a cheek swab. Once registered, they can remain in the potential donor pool until age 60.

Representatives from Be The Match will be on site to conduct the drive with assistance from the Raider football team and the Black & Red Crew, SOU’s student-athlete leadership group.

Raider football coach Charlie Hall became involved with the project through retired Villanova University football coach Andy Talley, who heads the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation and a “Get in the Game” program that identifies football teams to head registration drives for Be The Match.