Raiders salvage CC split

A big first inning in Game 2 helped the Southern Oregon softball team salvage a Cascade Conference-opening split with Eastern Oregon Friday at University Field.

The Mountaineers won the opener 7-1, with the Raiders coming back to take a 10-2 mercy-rule shortened nightcap.

Southern Oregon (5-11, 1-1 Cascade) hosts College of Idaho at 11 a.m. today, while Eastern Oregon (7-1, 1-1) travels to Oregon Tech.

In the second game, the Raiders wasted little jumping on the Mountaineers.

Rayna Okimoto delivered a one-out triple to start the rally. Meghan Laughlin got the Raiders on the board with a single and Bailey Price and Jessica Flores delivered back-to-back singles to put the Raiders up 2-0.

Junior Sarah Wharton then unloaded on her second home run of the season, a deep shot over the wall in left to give the Raiders a 5-0 lead after the first.

In the second, Katie Moy led off with a single and scored on a double by Laughlin. Price then made it 7-0 with a run-scoring single.

The Raiders went up 9-0 after a pair of unearned runs in the fourth and won it in the sixth with a single and two-base error by Price and a game-clinching infield single by Wharton.

Junior Karri Johnson picked up her first win as a Raider, going six innings and allowing just five hits.

Price went 4-for-4 to lead the Raiders. Laughlin and Wharton both had two hits for SOU.

In the opener, Eastern's Jen McDonnell held the Raider offense to just four hits and came through at the plate as well, belting a home run and a double to plate three of Eastern's seven runs.

Women's Tennis

Southern Oregon fell to NCAA Division II Sonoma State 9-0 Friday at Rohnert Park, Calif.

Sonoma State, ranked 45th in the NCAA Division II poll, improved to 8-5 on the season. Southern Oregon wrapped up a week-long road trip and fell to 3-5 on the season.

SOU's Allison Bostrom and Lexi Thomas put up a battle in the No. 1 doubles match before falling 8-6.

Addie Morrow was the highlight for the Raiders in the singles matches. Morrow dropped a tough 7-6 tiebreak decision in the first set and the fell 6-4 in the second set.

SOU travels to NAIA regional rival Lewis-Clark State next Thursday.

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