Harlee Donovan hit two home runs and Southern Oregon went off for 30 hits on the day en route to an explosive sweep of Northwest Christian in a Cascade Conference doubleheader Friday at University Field.
Donovan, a junior catcher/third baseman, went 2-for-2 with four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the first inning, to lead the Raiders to a 14-1, five-inning victory in the opener, then went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a three-run homer, to help the Raiders take the nightcap 9-3. Senior infielder Taylor Martinez also went off with five hits on the day, and finished the four-game series 10-for-13 with three doubles and four RBIs.
The Game 2 victory allowed SOU to secure another CCC series victory after the Beacons shocked the Raiders in Thursday’s opener. Southern Oregon improved to 28-9 overall and 13-5 in league play, while the Beacons fell to 3-28 and 3-15.
In Friday's first game, SOU scored three runs in the first inning and four in the second to take control. Donovan’s two-run single and Martinez’s RBI double contributed to the blowout, and Paige Leeper’s RBI double to right-center highlighted the Raiders’ seven-run third.
Lacie Crawford picked up the Game 1 win after holding the Beacons to one run on five hits in five solid innings. She struck out five Beacons without a walk.
In Game 2, the Raiders already led 3-0 when Donovan powered a 3-1 pitch over the wall to make it 6-0.
The Beacons tried to make a game of it by scoring three in the third, two on a double by Tra Kucera, to cut the lead in half. That marked the end for SOU starting pitcher Lexie Raasch, who surrendered two earned runs on five hits in three innings.
Karlee Coughlin took over in the circle for the Raiders to start the fourth and held the Beacons scoreless on three hits the rest of the way, with four strikeouts and one walk.
SOU tacked on two more insurance runs in the fifth when Kayleen Smith ripped a double down the line to bring home both Aaliyah Oliver and Hannah Wessel.
Next up for the Raiders is a four-game series against 25th-ranked Oregon Tech. The series will be played in Klamath Falls, April 14-15.
League-leading Corban (14-3), second-place Oregon Tech (11-4) and third-place Southern Oregon were separated by 1 ½ games after Saturday’s action.
Ashland’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Soleil Heller and Sarah Kaufman picked up the Grizzlies only win of the day as South Medford pulled out a 7-1 nonconference victory Thursday at Hunter Park.
Heller and Kaufman beat South Medford’s Anna Wilder and Maddi Day 7-5, 6-2.
In a day that yielded eight straight-set matches, the most competitive one of the was the showdown at No. 2 doubles, where South Medford’s Victoria Kelly and Corinne Thom won two tie-breakers to edge Ashland’s JD Miller and Bianca Onesti, 7-6, 7-6.
The Grizzlies next host St. Mary’s on Tuesday.
SINGLES — Kinzlee Jordan, SM, d. Lauren Croyle, 6-2, 6-3; Alex Moore, SM, d. Stella Bungay, 6-0, 6-2; Rina Miyashita, SM, d. Tia Wilhelm, 6-2, 7-5; Claire Brasseur, SM, d. Sienna Scoggin, 6-1, 6-3.
DOUBLES — Soleil Heller-Sarah Kaufman, A, d. Anna Wilder-Maddi Day, 7-5, 6-2; Victoria Kelly-Corinne Thom, SM, d. JD Miller-Bianca Onesti, 7-6, 7-6; Becca Newell-Ella Jayler, SM, d. Molly Bloom-Grace Johnson, 6-4, 6-2; Chloe Martin-Julie Fuentes, SM, d. Anna Wertheiser-Lara Rivera, 6-0, 6-2.
Joe Zavala is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Reach him at 541-821-0829 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @Joe_Zavala99.