Owls sweep away Raiders

Sixth-ranked Oregon Tech swept Southern Oregon in a pair of Cascade Collegiate Conference softball games Wednesday afternoon, winning 4-2 in the opener and 7-2 in the second game at University Field.

The losses drop Southern Oregon's record to 13-9 overall and 3-3 in the CCC, while Oregon Tech improves to 22-4 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The Raiders next host Eastern Oregon on Saturday.

Oregon Tech took an early 1-0 lead in the opener and held on as Southern Oregon scored a couple of late runs. Former North Medford High standout Taylor Schmidt earned the victory for the Owls, going the distance and limiting the Raiders to two runs on five hits. Jordyn Kurtz took the loss for SOU, yielding three earned runs on seven hits.

Ashleigh Larson, who starred at Crater High, finished with two hits for the Owls, the lone player for either team to tally multiple hits. Julia Willison put SOU on the board for the first time in the bottom of the sixth with a home run to left field.

The Owls scored the game's first run in the top of the second when Sarah Coates came around to score on Kayde Schaefer's double to center. Oregon Tech added two more in the top of the fifth when Grants Pass' Morgan Barnes doubled, Shauna Collins followed with a triple to left and came in to score when Larson reached on an SOU error to make it 3-0.

In the top of the seventh, Collins reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Larson then brought her home with a single to center.

The Raiders answered with a run in the final frame when Kurtz led off with a double to right, and Sierra Miller tripled to center. Schmidt retired the next three batters to clinch the win for the Owls.

In Game 2, Barnes picked up the complete-game victory for the Owls, limiting Southern Oregon to two seventh-inning runs in the win. Eagle Point's Karlie Stephens took the loss for SOU, giving up three earned runs in four innings pitched.

Collins' three hits led Oregon Tech as she homered and drove in three runs. Kurtz picked up a pair of hits to lead the Raiders, while Willison and Katie Moy each homered in the loss.

Already up 3-0, Oregon Tech added a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Collins began the fifth with a solo home run to left, and Larson doubled and came in to score on Schmidt's single up the middle. In the sixth, a pair of walks came back to haunt SOU as Schaefer and Barnes each walked and came in to score on an SOU error to make it 7-0.

The Raiders ended the shutout bid in the bottom of the seventh when Moy hit a solo home run to left field. Two batters later, Willison added her second homer of the day.

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