Baldwin, Raiders run over Cougars, snap losing streak

Southern Oregon sophomore Brandon Baldwin rushed 44 times for 278 yards and the Raiders scored 20 straight points to earn a 20-13 victory over Azusa Pacific Saturday night in Azusa, Calif.

Southern Oregon snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory and improved to 2-4 overall. Azusa Pacific dropped to 1-6.

The Cougars jumped on the board early in the first quarter with a Chris Brown touchdown run and a 34-yard Ben Hansen field goal for a 10-0 lead.

Tyler Crowley cut the lead to 10-3 at the half with a 24-yard field goal and the third quarter was all SOU.

Paul Sweeney connected with Cole McKenzie from 19 yards out to tie the game at 10-10 and, after a turnover, Baldwin cashed in from 14 yards out to give the Raiders the lead for good at 17-10.

Crowley added a 26-yard field goal with 4:15 to play.

Baldwin averaged 6.3 yards per carry and now has 848 yards this season. The 44 rushing attempts are the second most in school history and the 278 yards are the third most in school history.

McKenzie caught four passes for 60 yards.

Defensively, Justin Akau had eight tackles to lead SOU. Gary Boubon, Randy Tyler, Thomas Sandoval and Isaac Hernandez all had six tackles.

Brown led Azusa with 90 yards rushing.

Women's Volleyball

Southern Oregon notched its seventh straight victory 25-21, 25-23, 24-26, 26-24 over Eastern Oregon Saturday at McNeal Pavilion.

Southern Oregon improved to 16-2 overall and remained in a first-place tie with College of Idaho with a 10-1 Cascade Conference mark. Eastern Oregon dropped to 9-7 overall and 7-4 in conference play.

Chelsea Hartman led SOU with 11 kills and Becky Johnstone turned in 28 digs. Eastern Oregon was paced by Haley McEnroe's 15 kills.

Southern Oregon held the Mountaineers to a .094 attack percentage in the first set to grab control of the match early on and led 8-2 and 17-12 en route to winning the second set.

The Raiders battled back from down 17-12 in the third set and had a chance to win the match serving at 24-23, but kills by Haley McEnroe and Grace DeBoodt and an SOU attack error gave the victory to Eastern Oregon.

In the fourth set, SOU led 20-14 and then held on to end the match in four sets.

Women's Soccer

The Southern Oregon women's soccer team scored on an own goal and came away with a third straight shutout in a 1-0 win over Northwest on Saturday at Kirkland, Wash.

The teams were in the middle of a scoreless tie when the Raiders (5-7-1, 3-2 CC) finally got on the board in the 87th minute. Maddi Sprott's shot was deflected by a Northwest defender and found its way into the goal to provide the only goal of the game.

Northwest (1-9-2, 0-5-1) finished with a 12-6 shot advantage. Denise Powell had two shots on goal, while Chenin Young and Sprott had one shot on goal each.

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