SOU wins one, loses two in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. — Southern Oregon went 1-2 during the first day at the Tucson Invitational on Friday, knocking off Cornerstone 7-2 before falling to No. 15 Olivet Nazarene 4-3 and 12-0.

Southern Oregon (7-6) will play three games today: Calumet College of St. Joseph at 11 a.m. local time, Trinity International at 3:30 p.m. and Aquinas at 6 p.m.

Statistics for Friday's games were not available at press time.

In the win over Cornerstone, Southern Oregon scored its seven runs on eight hits, and Eagle Point High alum Karlie Stephens limited Cornerstone to two runs on six hits to pick up the complete-game victory.

Kara Kelsey led the Raiders with a pair of hits as SOU scored a run in the second inning, added three in the third, one more in the fifth and two in the sixth. Sierra Anderson hit a home run for SOU.

Against Olivet Nazarene, the Raiders led 1-0 for most of the game before the Tigers tied it up in the top of the seventh and scored three runs in the top of the eighth to complete the comeback. SOU ace Jordyn Kurtz took the complete-game loss, giving up four runs on five hits.

Stephanie Vandenbusch led SOU with a home run and a double, and Kurtz added a pair of hits, while Molly Anderson hit a home run and drove in two runs on two hits for Olivet Nazarene.

In the second Raiders-Tigers game, Olivet Nazarene scored four runs in the third inning and added eight more in the bottom of the fourth to earn a five-inning no-hit victory. Caitlin Santefort pitched a gem for the Tigers, striking out six with no walks as SOU's lone base-runner reached on an ONU error.

Three Olivet Nazarene players finished with multiple hits, led by Jordan Reynolds' three hits, including a double and a home run.

College Track and Field

GENEVA, Ohio — Southern Oregon's Sullivan Stevens ran his best time of the season in Friday's 60-meter hurdles prelims, finishing in 8.11 seconds to head into the finals seeded fourth.

Stevens will compete in the finals at 12:50 p.m. local time today, while Max Perry will compete in the shot put at 1 p.m.

"Sullivan ran really well," SOU coach Grier Gatlin said.

Stevens' time placed him behind Azusa Pacific's Cedrique Smith (8.0 seconds), Langston's Clyde Young (8.08) and Marian's Taylor Maxey (8.08).


PANAMA CITY, Panama — Ashland native Jason Allred slipped eight spots into a tie for 36th after shooting a 1-over 71 in the second round of the Panama Claro Championship on Friday.

At the halfway point, Allred's 2-over total is eight strokes behind leader Edward Loar, who stands at 6-under after shooting a 68 Friday. Allred began the second round with 11 straight pars before taking a birdie and two bogies.

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