Southern Oregon split a Cascade Collegiate Conference doubleheader against No. 11 Oregon Tech Tuesday afternoon, defeating the Owls 6-4 in the opener before Oregon Tech took the second game 8-2 at University Field.
Julia Willison led Southern Oregon with three hits between the two games, while Jess Plummer tallied four total hits for Oregon Tech. Southern Oregon pitcher Sidney White limited the Owls to three earned runs in a complete-game victory in the opener, and the SOU freshman pitched 51/3 innings of two-run relief during the second game.
Rylee Carleton struck out 10 in seven innings to earn the Game 2 win for OIT, while Taylor Schmidt took the loss in the opener. The Owls' win marked head coach Greg Stewart's 300th career victory.
Southern Oregon (15-20, 11-11 Cascade) scored in each of the final four innings and held off a late Oregon Tech rally in the opener. The Raiders' first run came in the bottom of the third, as Irene Barrantes led off with a single and scored on an infield base hit by Kara Kelsey. Oregon Tech (33-12, 17-7) tied it up in the top of the fourth inning as McKenzie Shrum and Plummer opened with consecutive singles and Shrum scored on an SOU fielding error.
The Raiders used a pair of hits and an OIT error to add three runs in the bottom of the inning. Stephanie Vandenbusch reached on an error, Sierra Anderson walked and Willison singled to drive home the first run. Two outs later Jessica Flores drove home two more with a single to center to make it 4-1. Southern Oregon added a run the following inning as Kelsey reached on a bunt single and came in on a fielder's choice groundout by Anderson.
Plummer homered in the top of the sixth to give OIT its second run of the game, and Ashley Lowe scored the Raiders' sixth run of the game in the bottom of the frame on a single by Sulie Augustine.
Oregon Tech nearly tied it up in the top of the seventh, using three hits to score two runs. But the Owls left the bases loaded, as White induced a line out to left by Sara Coates to end the game with the tying run stranded at second base.
In the second game, OIT combined five hits with an SOU error to score six unearned runs in the second inning. Two-RBI hits by Elise Goodell and Plummer helped chase SOU starter Karlie Stephens, though none of the Owls' runs were earned. The Raiders picked up two runs in the bottom of the inning as Lowe and Flores each singled in runs to make it 6-2.
The Owls scored a run in each of the final two innings to close out the victory. Shauna Collins doubled home a run in the sixth and Plummer cranked her second home run of the day and 16th of the year in the top of the seventh.
At Roseburg, Bryce Rogan led off the first game of the nonleague doubleheader with a home run for Ashland but it was downhill from there as Roseburg secured a pair of six-inning victories, 13-3 and 10-0 at Legion Field.
Rogan finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the opener, while Eric Carlson also went 2-for-3 for the Grizzlies (8-8).
Roseburg (11-3) broke open the opener with a six-run fourth inning, and used a four-run third inning to pull away in the nightcap.
Layne Westwang combined to go 4-for-7 with six runs and four RBIs for the Indians, while Tristan Guillen drove in four runs in Game 2 and teammates Cody Watkins, Zach Wyscaver and Ryan Carhart all went 3-for-4 in Game 1.
Ashland 100 110 — 3 7 3
Roseburg 013 603 — 13 17 0
Fredrickson, Hulick (5) and Cammarota; Walker, Haskett (6) and Irvine. W — Walker (2-0). L — Fredrickson. 2B — R: Irvine, Guillen, Fuller, Carhart 2. HR — A: Rogan (1).
Ashland 000 000 — 0 5 2
Roseburg 004 033 — 10 9 1
Carroll, Glick (3), Alpenia (5), A. Scott (6) and Glick, Cammarota (3), N. Scott (5); Bassett and Irvine. W — Bassett (1-0). 2B — A: Flynn; R: Watkins, Allen. 3B — R: Irvine, Guillen.
At Ashland, Teresa Lehman's RBI single in the first inning accounted for Ashland's only run as Grants Pass scored nine in the third inning to pull away for a 15-1 nonconference win Tuesday at North Mountain Park.
Ashland leadoff hitter Christina Kuykendall was 1-for-2 with a double to lead the Grizzlies (4-13), who tallied just four hits against Grants Pass pitcher Amy Robinson.
For Grants Pass (7-10), Robinson struck out seven, walked zero and helped her cause by going 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs and two runs.
Grants Pass 309 03 — 15 8 0
Ashland 100 00 — 1 4 9
Robinson and Zozaya; Lenthe, Howson and Lehman. W — Robinson. L — Lenthe. 2B — GP: Robinson; A: Kuykendall.
Ashland prevailed in three three-set matches to forge a 4-4 nonconference tie with South Medford, Tuesday at Hunter Park.
The dual came down to No. 1 doubles where Michael Montes and Micha Kirby of Ashland (3-2-2) prevailed 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 over Adam Day and Blake Bartlett.
South Medford freshmen Kyler Tosh and Mitch Steadman won straight set victories in No. 1 and 2 singles respectively.
SINGLES — Kyler Tosh, SM, d. Max Burt, 6-2, 6-3; Mitch Steadman, SM, d. Gabe LaMont, 6-2, 6-1; Kai Weston, A, d. Brad Johnson, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6; Connor Kaegi, A, d. JJ Quirorte, 7-6, 7-6.
DOUBLES — Michael Montes-Micha Kirby, A, d. Adam Day-Blake Bartlett, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6; Cannon Dukes-Nathaniel Baize, A, d. Tanner Johnson-Nick Viscanty, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; Kai Elam-John Phelps, SM, d. Nick Benson-Logan Kistler, 6-2, 6-3; South Medford won by forfeit.