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Raiders sweep Corban, extend win streak to 15

ASHLAND — The 10th-ranked Southern Oregon softball team extended its winning streak to 15 games with back-to-back Cascade Conference run-rule victories over Corban, 9-1 in six innings and 11-3 in five on Friday afternoon at University Field.

Cayla Williams and Katie Machado were both sharp in the circle as the country’s top-scoring offense kept rolling with 27 hits. Phelicity Fa’aita went 5-for-8 with a pair of doubles and Williams doubled three times with four RBIs.

The Raiders (44-10 overall, 23-6 CCC) assured themselves of no worse than the No. 3 seed and kept hope alive for a share of the regular-season title, though Oregon Tech’s sweep of Bushnell took them out of contention for the No. 1 seed. They’ll play Corban twice more today on the final day of the regular season — a CCC matchup at 11 a.m. followed by a non-conference counter.

Williams pitched a two-hit complete game in the opener, allowing just two batted balls to get out of the infield. She only needed one strikeout, induced 12 groundouts, improved to 16-2 on the season and collected her 15th conference win.

Riley Donovan and Lindsey Stripling had three RBIs apiece in Game 1. Donovan’s brought her NAIA-leading total to 77, matching her sister Harlee Donovan for the SOU single-season record.

Machado limited the Warriors (19-31, 12-17) to three hits in five innings of scoreless relief in Game 2, bringing her record to 13-3. After the Raiders went down 3-0 in the top of the first, they got one back in the bottom half, scored six in the second, three in the third, and triggered the mercy rule on Piper Love’s inside-the-park home run in the fifth - her seventh homer of the season.

Love added a double in which she circled the bases thanks to an error in the outfield. Fa’aita went 3-for-4, while Williams and Rylan Austin both doubled twice.

During their winning streak, the Raiders’ margin of victory is 8.1 runs. They’ve triggered the run-rule 10 times.

Corban was limited to six hits on the afternoon and SOU played error-free defense.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSOU's Phelicity Fa'aita, seen here in a file photo from earlier this season, had five hits in Friday’s doubleheader against Corban.