ATHERTON, Calif. – The Oregon Tech women’s softball team split its two games on Saturday in day 2 of the Menlo Tournament. The Lady Owls dropped a close 3-1 game to Menlo in the opener as the Oaks hit three solo homeruns. Oregon Tech then scored 14-runs on 16-hits in the night cap to knock off Antelope Valley 14-0. Oregon Tech moves to 7-5 on the season and will next host Corban and Northwest Christian next Friday and Saturday respectively at the OIT softball complex as the Owls open up CCC Play. Friday’s double-header is scheduled for 2:00 pm with Saturday’s games slated for an 11:00 am start.
Game 1 (Menlo) Mary Hall broke open a scoreless game in the bottom of the 3rd inning with a 2-out solo homerun to give Menlo a 1-0 lead. The Lady Owls threatened to score big in the 4th inning, with runners on 1st and 2nd and only one out, Tasha Silvius hit what looked like a 3-run homerun to centerfield but the Oaks center fielder Nicole Larson made a spectacular grab robbing Silvius and stopping the Tech rally.
Oregon Tech would manage to tie the game in the top of the 5th as McKenzie Shrum delivered a big 2-out single to score Danielle Sayers from 3rd base.
Stephanie Gilbert and Kayla Cisneroz would each hit solo homeruns in the 5th inning to give Menlo the 3-1 win. Kelly Hager went the distance for the Oaks spreading out 5-hits and 1-run to pick up the win.
Cassidy Olson picked up the loss in the circle for OIT as she fell to 3-3. Tori Weatherford led the Tech offense with 2-hits in the game.
Game 2 (Antelope) Oregon Tech scored early and often scoring 5-runs in the 1st, 2-runs in the 2nd, 4-runs in the 3rd and 3-runs in the 4th to win 14-0 in the 5inning mercy rule game.
Jessi Duncan allowed only 2-hits over 5-innings to pick up he 2nd shut-out in a row and improve to 3-2 on the season. Tech was led offensively by McKenzie Shrum who had 3-hits with Alyssa Davis, Shauna Collins, Cassidy Olson, Kayla Prock and Danielle Sayers each picking up 2-hits in the win.