Raiders pull off another league road sweep

Southern Oregon came away with its second straight conference sweep and upped its winning streak to five games with a sweep over Eastern Oregon on Friday in La Grande.

Southern Oregon won the opener 5-4 and the nightcap 8-3.

The Raiders improved to 7-8 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Southern Oregon travels to College of Idaho Saturday.

In the opener, Eastern took advantage of an error to score a pair of runs in the first inning for an early 2-0 lead.

The Raiders came back in the third. Freshman Melissa Corn reached on an error and sophomore Lauren Keel drove in Corn with a double down the left field line.

Eastern added another run in the bottom of the frame on a leadoff solo home run by Emily Anderson.

In the top of the fourth, SOU sophomore Irene Barrantes nailed her fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot to tie the game at 3-3.

The Raiders finally got the lead in the fifth as junior Brooke Springer singled and scored on a base hit by junior Katie Moy for a 4-3 lead. The lead didn't last long as Anderson blasted her second home run of the game in the bottom of the frame to tie it again at 4-4.

SOU again took the lead in the top of the seventh. Danielle Batson singled to start off the inning and then scored on a single by Moy. SOU starting pitcher Jordyn Kurtz then retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh to pick up her second straight victory.

Batson, Moy and Rayna Okimoto all had two hits to lead the Raiders in the opener.

In the second game, Southern Oregon jumped out early.

Springer opened the game with a bunt single, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a single by Okimoto.

In the second, Mischa Meyer made the score 2-0 on her first career home run and a bases loaded walk put the Raiders up 3-0.

The Raiders added a single run in the fifth and then three more in the sixth on a three-run home run by Okimoto.

Jessica Flores went the distance for the Raiders, allowing just three runs and four hits for her first victory of the year.

Gia Dimaggio and Okimoto each had three hits, including Okimoto's seventh home run of the year.

Prep Baseball

The Ashland baseball team's perfect season continued on Friday against perhaps the most talented opponent it has faced so far this season.

A pair of home runs from AJ Adams and Jake Scarminach fueled the Grizzlies to a 7-4 triumph over Springfield in a nonconference bout at Medford's U.S. Cellular Community Park.

"I thought we played a solid game against a solid opponent," said Ashland coach Don Senestraro. "It's the probably the best team we've played so far. They can pitch pretty well off the mound."

Adams' two-run homer helped put four runs on the board in the third inning to put the Grizzlies (4-0) up for good.

However, after the Grizzlies chalked up another run in the fourth inning, Springfield threatened by trimming Ashland's advantage to 5-4 when Ryan Helfrich mashed a two-run home run.

But Scarminach preserved the lead for the Grizzlies with a two-run shot of his own in the bottom of the frame.

"We can swing the bat pretty well," said Senestraro. "If we wait for pitches we can hit, we're going to be successful this season."

Billy Hansen went 2-for-4 for the Grizzlies while Max Anderson picked up his second victory of the season at the mound. Anderson surrendered three hits and Helfrich's home run but had six strikeouts in just three innings of work.

Because of the wet field conditions in Ashland, the game was moved to U.S. Cellular Community Park. The Grizzlies' scheduled game against Springfield today at 10 a.m. will be moved to the synthetic fields of the community park again if Ashland's North Mountain Park is unplayable.

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Bates, Dudley (5) and T. Helfrich; Thomas, Anderson (3), Morrison (6) and Scarminach. W — Anderson (2-0). L — Bates. 2B — S: Evans; A: Hansen. HR — S: Helfrich; A: Adams, Scarminach.

College Track and Field

James Johnstone turned in an NAIA "A" Standard Qualifying mark to lead Southern Oregon at Friday's San Francisco State Distance Carnival.

Johnstone won the 3,000 Steeplechase with a time of 9:11.31. The time is a personal best for Johnstone and the third fastest time in school history in the steeplechase.

Teammate Dennis McCaffrey finished fifth in the event, turning in a time of 9:22.41, which is good for a "B" qualifying time and now ranks as the fifth fastest time in school history.

In the women's steeplechase, Tara Krempley finished 12th in a time of 11:29.82. The time gives Krempley a "B" qualifying mark.

Sophomore Seena Frantz also secured a "B" qualifying time in the 5,000, finishing in 17:49.80.

In the men's 5,000, Zach Elliott and Ryan Sorenson each earned "B" qualifying times. Elliott finished 17th in 14:51.31 and Sorenson finished 19th in 14:54.82.

Freshman Mikayla Garrard turned in a pair of top 10 finishes today. Garrard finished third in the 200 with a time of 26.06 and finished sixth in the 100 in 13.06.

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