ASHLAND – Southern Oregon used a big inning in each game to earn a doubleheader sweep over over Northwest U. on Friday afternoon in Cascade Conference play, defeating the Eagles 9-2 and 6-3 on a sunny afternoon at University Field.
Karlie Stephens got the win for the Raiders in the opener, limiting the Eagles to one earned run on five hits with seven strikeouts in the complete game. Kelli Peckham took the loss.
Northwest scored its first run in the top of the second to take a brief lead, but SOU took advantage of five NU errors and three wild pitches to score five runs in the bottom of the inning. The Eagles used a similar formula to score a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, using two errors and a hit batsman to score without a single base hit in the inning.
SOU’s Jessica Flores led the way with four hits for the Raiders, while Sierra Anderson and Irene Barrantes each finished the day with three hits.
The Raiders scored one run in the bottom of the second to take the early lead, as Julia Willison doubled and scored on a Northwest error.
The Eagles picked up a pair of runs in the top of the third, as Hannah Ganfield led off with a solo home run and Brittany Bovard singled and came in to score on an SOU error. Ganfield led the Eagles going 3 for 3 at the plate for the game. Brittany Bovard and Sarah Payne had the other hits for NU.
Southern Oregon took advantage of another Eagle error to score seven unearned runs in the bottom of the third. Stephanie Vandenbusch hit a bases-loaded triple, and the next four batters also reached base safely. Anderson and Barrantes both singled and scored on a double by Flores, who crossed home plate following a single by Lauren Keel. The Raiders added one more run in the sixth as Flores singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kara Kelsey.
In the second game, a five-run second inning helped the Raiders claim the victory contest as the two teams combined for nine errors in the game. Chelsea Talbert pitched 5.1 innings with five strikeouts and no earned runs allowed to earn the win, with Sydney White getting the final five outs to pick up the save. Vanessa Ahrendt took a complete-game loss for Northwest. NU was limited to two base hits in the second contest.
Southern Oregon improves to 9-10 overall and 5-1 in conference play with the wins, while Northwest falls to 2-16 overall and 0-6 in the CCC. Both teams return to action Saturday, with the Eagles taking on No. 9 Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls at 11 a.m. and Southern Oregon hosting Concordia in Ashland.
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 Share on Facebook