Walk-off homer clinches Oregon Tech sweep over SOU


Southern Oregon scored first in both games, but Oregon Tech's three-run sixth inning in Game — and Bess Fagan's walk-off home run in Game 2 lifted the Owls past the Raiders 7-3 and 8-6 Tuesday.

The win improved Tech to 14-8 overall and 4-0 in the Cascade Conference, while Southern Oregon fell to 4-12 and 2-2.

In the opener, SOU led off with a walk which led to a run. Oregon Tech answered in the bottom of the second, scoring twice on bases loaded walks to regain the lead. The Owls picked up two more runs in the fourth to make it 4-1 before SOU picked up a run in the fifth, cutting the lead in half.

Owls' pitcher Jenni Bittle helped herself out with a three-run blast in the sixth, extending OIT's lead to 7-2.

Alicia Caudill went the distance on the mound for the Raiders. She gave up six hits and three earned runs while striking out six and walking five to fall to 2-6. At the plate, SOU was led by third baseman Justine Cooper, who went 2-for-3 and scored twice.

In the nightcap, the Raiders took an early 2-0 lead before Tech answered with a run in their half of the second on a Jenny Austin double and an Andrea Wheatley RBI single. Three Oregon Tech hits and one SOU error led to a four-run third, as the Owls jumped out to a 5-2 lead.

The Raiders were able to put a run on the board in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-3. Two Oregon Tech errors along with three hits by the Raiders allowed SOU to score three runs in the top of the seventh and take a 6-5 lead. Run-scoring singles by Caudill and Danielle Stratton keyed the rally.

Katie King led off the bottom of the last inning with a single and Brittany Warren followed with a double that put runners on second and third. Fagan then came to the plate with none out and lifted the first pitch she saw to deep left for a walk-off home run.

Bittle improved to 8-4, picking up both wins on the day, including two hits and four RBIs at the plate. Sunceray Titus went for three hits and drove in one runner with Fagan was 2-for-3 in Game 2, driving in four runs.

For the Raiders, Joelle Riekeman gave up 12 hits and six earned runs in a complete-game effort.

She struck out six and walked three to fall to 2-6 on the season.

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