Eighth-ranked Willamette took advantage of a poor Southern Oregon defensive showing in the opener then exploded offensively in the nightcap to score a 3-1, 12-2 sweep of the Raiders in a nonconference softball doubleheader Tuesday at University Field.

Eighth-ranked Willamette took advantage of a poor Southern Oregon defensive showing in the opener then exploded offensively in the nightcap to score a 3-1, 12-2 sweep of the Raiders in a nonconference softball doubleheader Tuesday at University Field.

Willamette, one of the top NCAA Division III teams in the country, improved to 12-1 on the year. Southern Oregon dropped to 2-9 heading into its Cascade Conference opener Friday at home against Concordia. The first pitch of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m.

In the opener against Willamette, Southern Oregon took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Strohm Fouty singled to start the inning and senior Ricci Coultas moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Meghan Laughlin followed with a double to left to give the Raiders the lead.

Willamette tied the game and took the lead for good in the top of the sixth by scoring two runs on three SOU errors. The Bearcats added an insurance run in the seventh aided by two more SOU errors. The Raiders finished the game with six errors.

Freshman pitcher Jordyn Kurtz was the hard luck loser for the Raiders. Kurtz limited the Bearcats to just four hits and struck out six. All three of Willamette's runs were unearned.

Fouty, Laughlin, Kurtz, Kathryn Moy and Justine Cooper all had base hits in the opener.

In the second game, Willamette's bats woke up.

Trailing 2-1, the Bearcats scored two runs on three hits in the top of the third to take a 3-2 lead. In the fourth, Suzannah Von Trapp homered and Nikki Franchi doubled to end Kurtz' day on the mound. Susie Krewer then added a double off freshman Amy Seliger to give the Bearcats a 6-2 lead and Willamette went on to add six more in the fifth to end the game early by the eight-run mercy rule.

Fouty had two of SOU's three hits in the second game, and Moy added an RBI single.

Prep Baseball

Seven errors in a seven-inning game equaled another loss for Ashland today at Arizona.

The Grizzlies took a 2-0 lead on Garrett Tygerson's second home run of the season but lost the momentum quickly in a 9-2 setback to North Canyon.

Tygerson allowed five hits and two earned runs in four innings, but the Grizz defense "just didn't support him at all," said AHS coach Don Senestraro.

"We pride ourselves on our good defense and right now it's just not happening," Senestraro said.

That was especially true in the fourth, when the Grizzlies committed two errors and failed to cover a bunt, leading to a three-run inning for North Canyon.

Ashland wraps up its Arizona spring break trip Wednesday against Ponderosa (Mont.).

Ashland 200 000 00 — 2 3 7

N. Canyon 211 320 x — 9 7 0

Tygerson, Thomas (5) and L. Sebrell; Andrew Felix and Matt Rosewitz. W — Felix. L — Tygerson (1-1). HR — A: Tygerson (2).

Prep Softball

At Bend, Ashland wrapped up a solid 3-1 showing at the Central Oregon Invitational with two more wins Tuesday, 6-4 over Crook County and 7-6 over Silverton.

The Grizzlies overcame a 3-2 deficit to beat the Cowgirls. Senior pitcher Bella Pribyl earned the win thanks in part to Ashland's 13-hit performance. Carley Santee, Nicole Lehman and Sarah Silbowitz each roped doubles for the Grizzlies (7-2), who travel to face South Medford on Tuesday.



Crook County 030 000 1 — 4 11 3

Ashland 202 110 x — 6 13 3

Crakes, Loveday and Walker; Pribyl and Santee. W— Pribyl. L— Crakes. 2B—CC: George, Buswell; A: Santee, Lehman, Silbowitz.

College Track and Field

Southern Oregon senior Rosie Converse finished fifth in the heptathlon in the final day of the Linfield Multi-Events, Tuesday in McMinnville.

Western Oregon's Mandy Keifer won the event with 4,061 points, while Converse finished with 3,338 points.

Converse's day was highlighted by sixth-place finish in the 800 (2 minutes, 40.45 seconds). Converse also finished eighth in the javelin (87 feet) and 11th in the long jump (13-07.50).

Alex Waroff finished seventh in the decathlon for the Raiders. Waroff finished with 5,745 points, while Linfield's Josh Lovell won the event with 6,582.

Waroff's day included three top five finishes. Waroff finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 112-07, fourth in the javelin (157-02) and fourth in the 1,500 (4:49.60).

Waroff also finished sixth in the pole vault with a vault of 12-07.50 and 11th in the 110 hurdles (17.53).