SOU softball team swept by Simpson

Simpson used timely hitting to sweep a doubleheader from Southern Oregon, 1-0 and 8-7 Friday in Redding, Calif.

The Red Hawks improved to 14-10 on the season while SOU fell to 2-7.

In the opener, the two pitchers battled back and forth before the Red Hawks broke through in the fifth. With the bases loaded, SOU starter Jordyn Kurtz forced a ground ball back to the mound out of Sylvia Parker. Kurtz' throw to the plate to get the runner was low and Simpson took a 1-0 lead on an unearned run.

In the top of the seventh, the Raiders had one final chance, but senior Joelle Riekeman flied out deep to right and Danielle Fulton was called out on a close play at home to end the game. Kurtz allowed eight hits, struck out three and didn't walk any Red Hawks.

SOU's bats came alive in the first inning of the second game. Fouty started it off with an infield single and a stolen base. Moy responded with an RBI single and after singles by Fulton and Justine Cooper, Stratton drove in two with a blast to left and the Raiders led 3-0 after the first inning.

Simpson came back with two runs in the second to cut the lead to 3-2.

The Red Hawks then plated three runs on four hits in the bottom of the third to take a 5-3 lead.

The Raiders responded in the top of the fourth when Fouty singled and then scored on a Christa Simon RBI double. Cooper then scored two with a blooper over third and Laughlin scored on an illegal pitch for a 7-5 lead.

Kurtz shut down the Red Hawks in order in the bottom of the fourth, but in the fifth Simpson tied the game off a pair of SOU errors.

The game stayed tied and in the top of the ninth Cooper singled and was replaced by Ricci Coultas. Coultas went to second on a wild pitch and Stratton was hit by a pitch to put a pair of runners on with no outs. But a fly out and a double play ended SOU's threat.

In the bottom of the ninth, a walk and single put a pair of runners on for Simpson. A stolen base put runners in scoring position, but Kurtz got a strikeout and a ground ball to end the inning.

In the 10th, Simpson took advantage of an error to put a pair of runners on and Paige Gomez ended the marathon with a single.

Fouty went 4-for-5 for the Raiders in the second game and Cooper had three hits.

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