Ace strikes out 13, hits home run to lead Raiders to Game 1 win over Warriors
Southern Oregon University freshman pitcher Jordyn Kurtz tied a school record for strikeouts in a game and hit a home run as the Raiders split a doubleheader with Corban on Saturday at University Field.
SOU won the opener 8-4 and then dropped the nightcap 5-4.
The Raiders are now 5-10 overall and 3-1 in Cascade Conference play.
Corban is now 15-11 overall and 3-1 in conference action.
In the opener, Kurtz did it all for the Raiders.
After striking out seven Warriors in the first three innings, Kurtz put the Raiders up 2-0 with a two-run home run deep over the center-field wall in the bottom of the third.
The Raiders made it 6-0 in the fourth, sparked by a two-run triple by senior Joelle Riekeman.
Corban cut into the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth and the top of the seventh, but Kurtz ended the Corban threat with her 13th strikeout to end the game.
The 13 strikeouts tied the school record and set a new University Field mark. Kurtz only walked three during the win.
Kurtz, Megann Laughlin, Katie Moy and Danielle Stratton all had two hits for the Raiders.
In the nightcap, Corban jumped on Kurtz with a Jessica Schell home run and four runs — all unearned — in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead.
SOU responded with singles by Strohm Fouty, Christa Simon, Laughlin, Moy and Bailey Price to cut the lead to 4-3 after four innings.
SOU freshman pitcher Amy Seliger, who replaced Kurtz in the fourth, allowed just one run on two hits and struck out six over the final four innings to give the Raiders a chance in the bottom of the seventh.
At Lewiston, Idaho, Southern Oregon won their second straight regional match to improve to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in regional play.
The Raiders take on Lewis-Clark State today in a match that could decide who goes to the postseason.
SOU swept through the doubles matches against Alberta.
In singles play, SOU's Katie Ross (6-2, 6-1) and Charlotte Duran (6-2, 6-1) won the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches.
SOU rolled through the final three matches. Erin Bruni (6-1, 6-2), Mallory Byers (7-5, 6-3) and Elizabeth Kiger (6-0, 6-1) were all victorious for the Raiders.