Softball Upsets No. 5 Concordia During Simpson Tournament

REDDING, Calif. – A 4-3 upset win over fifth-ranked Concordia (Calif.) highlighted Southern Oregon’s second day at the Simpson Tournament, as the Raiders fell 9-1 to William Jessup and 10-2 to Vanguard to close out the weekend tournament with a 3-3 record

Southern Oregon struggled offensively on Saturday, totaling eight hits in the three games. The Raiders will return to action Feb. 16 with a nonconference doubleheader against William Jessup in Rocklin, Calif. Box scores for Saturday’s games were not made available by Simpson.

Game One: William Jessup 9, Southern Oregon 1

William Jessup scored three runs in the first, and five more in the fourth turned it into a blowout as the Warriors limited Southern Oregon to only two hits in the game. Stephanie Vandenbusch and Julia Willison tallied the hits for the Raiders, both in the fifth inning as Vandenbusch came in to score SOU’s lone run of the game on an error.

Brittany Lamar knocked a home run for William Jessup, while Casey Lucas totaled three hits and Breihanna Castilleja tallied a pair. Karlie Stephens took the loss for the Raiders, yielding seven runs – with only two earned – on nine hits in three innings pitched. Chelsea Talbert finished out the final two innings for the Raiders. Andrea Lutz picked up the win for the Warriors, limiting SOU to the one unearned run in a complete-game performance.

Game Two: Southern Oregon 4, #5 Concordia (Calif.) 3

The Raiders scored two in the first inning and added runs in the fourth and fifth to upset fifth-ranked Concordia. Despite only totaling three hits in the game, Southern Oregon took advantage of three Concordia errors to earn the win.

Willison drove in a pair of runners, with Vandenbusch adding one RBI, and Sydney White earned the win while giving up three runs on seven hits. Lauren Keel singled to start the first inning and Alexa Gonzalez reached on an error to put two runners on. Willison drove them both home with a single to give SOU the early lead.

Concordia tied it up with two runs in the fourth, taking advantage of a pair of hits and a hit batsman to score twice. That tie didn’t last long, however, as SOU reclaimed the lead on a Sierra Anderson sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame.

The Raiders took advantage of some CU wildness in the fifth inning, with a single and three hit batsmen leading to an easy – if painful – RBI for Vandenbusch. A Concordia homer in the top of the seventh pulled the Eagles to within one, and the potential tying runner advanced all the way to third before a lineout to second clinched the upset for SOU

Game Three: Vanguard 10, Southern Oregon 2

Vanguard scored three times in the first inning and added four runs in the fourth and three in the sixth to claim the win. Southern Oregon scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and tallied three hits in the loss.

Vandenbusch finished with a hit and the Raiders’ lone run batted in, while Ashley Lowe and Gonzalez also added hits. Talbert picked up the loss after yielding seven runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings, with Stephens finishing out the final 2.2 innings of the game.

Brittney Boggs was the big hitter for the Lions, clubbing a pair of home runs among her three hits to drive in six total runs. Shelby Kuryllo and Breanne Gomez each finished with a pair of hits and runs batted in. Shelby Ross earned the win for Vanguard.

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