Courtesy of Sports Information Desk
The five-game winning streak for the Southern Oregon softball team came to an end on March 26 at the hands of College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho.
The Coyotes took advantage of a no-hitter in the opener for a 1-to-0 victory and then won a slugfest in the second game 12-to-6.
The Raiders wrapped up the first week of Cascade Conference play with a 7-10 overall record, but more importantly a 4-2 conference mark that keeps the Raiders right in the mix in the conference standings. The Raiders are one of three teams with just two losses. Oregon Tech leads the conference with a 5-1 mark.
SOU opens the home portion of its schedule Friday against Corban and Saturday against Northwest Christian. College of Idaho improved to 14-8 overall and 6-2 in conference action.
The first game of the doubleheader was a classic pitching dual, with SOU’s Jordyn Kurtz ending up as the hard luck loser.
Nickayla Skinner walked just one and fired the sixth no-hitter in College of Idaho history to take the victory. Kurtz was equally impressive, allowing just five hits as the Coyotes pushed across the lone run in the bottom of the second.
Hits and runs were not a problem in the second game as the two teams combined for 23 hits and 18 runs.
The Coyotes jumped out to a 2-to-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of a hit, a walk, a hit batter and two errors.
The lead was 3-to-0 before the Raiders answered back in the third with run-scoring hits by Katie Moy and Rayna Okimoto to cut the advantage to 3-to-2.
College of Idaho exploded in the bottom of the frame, as a grand slam highlighted a five-run inning and an 8-to-2 lead.
SOU cut the lead to 8-to-5 with three runs in the fourth inning on hits by Emily Matekel, Gia Dimaggio, Jessica Flores and Moy.
But the Coyotes never went away, scoring in each inning for the victory.
Moy highlighted the SOU offense, going 4-for-4 in the nightcap. Okimoto had a pair of hits.