SOU rolls to series sweep over Carroll
ASHLAND — Southern Oregon’s run-scoring machine of a lineup didn’t let up on Day 2 against Carroll (Mont.), bopping its way to 8-0 and 16-2 wins in six innings and five on Friday afternoon at University Field.
The ninth-ranked Raiders (37-10 overall) hit five more home runs to break the program’s single-season record, got a fourth consecutive complete-game shutout from Cayla Williams, and threw up a 14-spot in the first inning of Game 2 to pad their NAIA-leading run total.
The Raiders’ Game 1 win completed a three-game sweep of the Cascade Conference portion of the series, putting them at 18-6. While Williams registered seven strikeouts in a one-hitter, Ashton Cathey blasted her ninth and 10th home runs to tally five RBIs. Riley Donovan — a day after breaking SOU’s individual single-season home run record — added another in the first inning, her NAIA-leading 15th, to match her sister Harlee Donovan for SOU’s career record with 23.
Phelicity Fa’aita and Piper Love went deep in Game 2, bringing SOU’s homer total to nine in the series and 47 on the season. The previous team record, established by SOU’s 2012 team, was 45.
During the Raiders’ active nine-game winning streak, they’ve outscored opponents 93-13. They drubbed the Saints (12-28, 9-17) 36-2 over four games.
The Raiders’ first inning of Game 2 — in which they put their first nine hitters on base and batted around twice — was their highest-scoring frame of the season, though nine of the 14 runs were unearned. Fa’aita, Williams and Lindsey Stripling each went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and combined to score five runs. Sammie Pemberton doubled twice and Rylan Austin added a pair of hits.
Fa’aita also got the start in the circle and earned the win by logging four-plus innings. She improved to 9-2, while Williams’ record went to 12-2.
Over her last four starts, Williams has allowed nine hits and no runs over 23 innings. Her ERA dropped to 1.39, the second-best in the CCC.
The Raiders play their final road series next weekend at No. 6-ranked College of Idaho. They’ll enter the set no more than two games back of the second-place Yotes and no more than one back of third-place Eastern Oregon, whose series this weekend have not yet been completed.