Raiders knock off No. 14 Concordia

The Raiders started their Cascade Conference season with one of their biggest wins in years. Then, they did it again.

Freshman pitcher Jordyn Kurtz kept the Concordia bats at bay and the Southern Oregon offense did just enough as the Raiders scored a 2-1, 6-2 sweep of the 14th-ranked Cavaliers Friday at University Field.

The Raiders improved to 4-9 overall and 2-0 in league play, while Concordia dropped to 13-3 overall and 0-2 in conference action.

In the opener, Kurtz and Concordia ace Danielle Pulfrey battled through the first five innings before the Raiders broke through in the sixth.

Senior Ricci Coultas walked to start the Raider rally and junior Meghan Laughlin's ground ball to third turned into an error, allowing Coultas to score and giving SOU a 1-0 lead. Another error scored Laughlin.

Concordia fired back in the top of the seventh as Tina Garcia doubled and scored to cut the lead to one, but the Cavaliers couldn't get the game-tying run in.

Kurtz struck out six and scattered eight hits. Danielle Stratton had SOU's lone hit, a single in the sixth.

In the nightcap, the Raiders struck early, scoring two in the first with base hits by senior Strohm Fouty and a triple by Laughlin.

In the fifth, SOU put four more on the board as Laughlin started the rally with a single to left and junior Justine Fulton drove in a pair of runs with a two-run single. SOU's rally was helped by three Concordia errors.

Concordia put a scare in the Raiders in the top of the seventh, loading the bases and scoring two runs before Kurtz worked her way out of the jam.

Kurtz again allowed eight hits in the Game 2 victory and struck out four.

Fouty, Laughlin and Fulton all had two hits for the Raiders.

SOU hosts Corban at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Women's Tennis

The Southern Oregon women's tennis blanked the College of the Idaho 9-0 today at Lewiston, Idaho.

The Raiders are now 5-0 on the season and are now 1-0 against Regional opponents. The Raiders continue their Regional play tomorrow when they take on Alberta.

Senior Katie Ross, after falling during singles play Wednesday against Willamette, came back with a vengeance today against the Coyotes.

Ross team with Rebecca Weicher to blank COI's No. 1 team 8-0 and then knocked off Amanda McEldowney 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles match.

SOU's teams of Erin Bruni and Mallory Byers and Heidi Chiles and Charlotte Duren won their doubles matches, while Duren, Chiles, Bruni, Byers and Liz Kiger were all victorious in singles.

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