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Raiders settle for split at Carroll

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Twenty-four hours after dominating Carroll in a complete-game victory, Southern Oregon pitcher Sydney White threw her first shutout in 13 months Sunday to help the Raiders to a Cascade Conference split at Great Falls.

SOU (15-7 overall, 3-1 CCC) won the opener behind White, 4-0, and dropped an 8-6 decision in Game 2 as the Argonauts (9-9, 3-5) rallied to tie the game and jump ahead with a three-run sixth inning.

White, a senior from Clovis, Calif., held the Argos to three hits in Game 1 and didn't give up the first until the fourth inning. She walked three and struck out three in her fourth win of the season and the sixth shutout of her career.

Third baseman Alexa Gonzalez, who went 3-for-3 with a walk and a double, singled in a scoreless game to open the fourth and later scored when Amelia Hensler's grounder was misplayed at third. Tyler Burke doubled to lead off the fifth and later scored on a passed ball, making it 2-0.

Burke led off again in the seventh inning with a triple, scoring on Aalyah Oliver's hit. After Oliver was thrown out trying to steal, Gonzalez singled and Kayleen Smith tripled to produce the final run.

Smith had a pair of hits in both games, going 4-for-8, and extended her hitting streak to 13. Kelsey Randall went hitless on the afternoon, ending her streak – which matched SOU's best since 2006 – at 14.

In Game 2, two errors and a couple passed balls led UGF to three runs in the first inning against unfortunate SOU starter Lacie Crawford, but the Raiders battled back to take a 4-3 lead after three: Rebecca Velasquez hit a solo homer in the second inning, and Abigail Lund's misplayed grounder scored two and Megan Winton's single added one more in the fourth.

UGF tied the game in the fourth and fifth, but Winton and Smith put the Raiders up again with RBI singles in the fifth and sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth, though, the Argos loaded the bases on an error and two walks by White. Alex Lowry's groundout plated the tying run, and Alissa Keeler's two-out single drove in two more.

Smith, Winton and Ruvalcaba had two hits apiece for SOU in Game 2, and Winton and Lund both had two RBIs.

The Raiders will play 17th-ranked Corban on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and noon at Hoodview Park in Clackamas.