SOU softball team sneaks past The College of Idaho

The two games couldn't have been more different, but in the end the Southern Oregon University softball team completed its first doubleheader sweep of the season beating the College of Idaho 4-1 and 12-8 in cold, windy, rainy conditions at University Field on Saturday.

In the first game, SOU's Crista Simon broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the sixth inning. Savannah Sanitos added a two-run double and Danielle Stattor drove home Sanitos with the other Raider runs.

CoI's Katie Zilner struck out 11 in a losing effort, while SOU's Alicia Caudill earned the victory.

In the nightcap, CoI jumped out to an 8-2 lead on the strength of a six-run third inning that included four SOU errors and three walks.

SOU rallied from a six-run deficit, scoring five times while batting around in the sixth inning and finally taking the lead for good at 9-8 on Sanitos' towering two-run home run.

With the sweep, SOU (9-15) improves to 7-5 in Cascade Conference play and is alone in third place.

CoI (14-12, 5-7 Cascade) has dropped four straight.

SOU next plays a doubleheader at Northwest Christian on Friday before returning home for games on April 18 against Corban and April 19 Concordia.

Track and Field

At Klamath Falls, the Southern Oregon University track team had two women place first while the men had three place first at the Oregon Tech Invitational Saturday.

Ryan Mussleman placed first in the pole vault with a vault of 15 feet, 6 inches, while Danny Ceccheni won the high jump with a jump of 6-6. The Raiders men 4x100-meter relay team also placed first with a time of 44.41 seconds.

On the women's side, Jamie Wells placed first in the pole vault at 10 feet. Stephenie Jenson won the the javelin toss with a throw of 128-11.5.

Sports editor Joe Zavala can be reached at 482-3456 x 224 or joe.

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