Courtesy of Sports Information Desk
Southern Oregon came away with its second straight conference sweep and upped its winning streak to five with a sweep over Eastern Oregon on March 25 in La Grande.
Southern Oregon won the opener 5-4 and the nightcap 8-3.
The Raiders are now 7-8 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Southern Oregon travels to College of Idaho Saturday.
In the opener, Eastern took advantage of an error to score a pair of runs in the first inning for an early 2-to-0 lead.
The Raiders came back in the third. Freshman Melissa Corn reached on an error and sophomore Lauren Keel drove in Corn with a double down the leftfield line.
Eastern added another run in the bottom of the frame on a leadoff solo home run by Emily Anderson.
In the top of the fourth, sophomore Irene Barrantes nailed her fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot to tie the game at 3-to-3.
The Raiders finally got the lead in the fifth as junior Brooke Springer singled and scored on a base hit by junior Katie Moy for a 4-to-3 lead. The lead didn’t last long as Anderson blasted her second home run of the game in the bottom of the frame to tie it again at 4-to-4.
SOU again took the lead in the top of the seventh. Danielle Batson singled to start off the inning and then scored on a single by Moy. Starting pitcher Jordyn Kurtz then retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh to pick up her second straight victory.
Batson, Moy and Rayna Okimoto all had two hits to lead the Raiders in the opener.
In the second game, Southern Oregon jumped out early.
Springer opened the game with a bunt single, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a single by Okimoto.
In the second, Mischa Meyer made the score 2-to-0 on her first career home run and a bases loaded walk put the Raiders up 3-to-0.
The Raiders added a single run in the fifth and then three more in the sixth on a three-run home run by Okimoto.
Jessica Flores went the distance for the Raiders, allowing just three runs and four hits for her first victory of the year.
Gia Dimaggio and Okimoto each had three hits, including Okimoto’s seventh home run of the year.