SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Tech stranded 15 base runners in the opener, as Corban handed the sixteenth-ranked Owls their first loss in Cascade Conference softball play in Game 1. Tech would bounce back in the nightcap to defeat the Warriors in extra innings by a 7-5 score.
No. 16 Oregon Tech is now 20-6 on the season and 13-1 in CCC action. Corban sits at 19-13 on the year and 6-8 in the CCC standings.
Game 1- Oregon Tech fell behind 4-0 before attempting their comeback bid. The Owls would plate a single run in the fifth inning, but the Warriors would answer with two more in their half of the inning to move up 6-1. Tech would score another run in their last at-bat but would fall by the final 6-2 margin.
Cassidy Olson, the only Owl with a multi-hit game, finished with a single and double, while McKenzie Shrum added a double in the loss. Tasha Silvius and Danielle Sayres singled and drove in a run each with Cassidy Hoglund recording a single in the game. Olson fell to 9-4 finishing with five strikeouts and allowing four hits in three innings.
Game 2 – Tori Weatherford drove in three runs on three hits with Shauna Collins adding two hits, including a leadoff homerun. Silvius added a pair of hits, including a double and single that drove in a pair of runs in Tech’s four run sixth inning. Shrum and Olson would double in the win for Tech.
Collins’ leadoff homer put the Owls up early, but CU tacked on three runs in their first at-bat, with one more in the second, to go up 4-1.
Tech’s four run sixth put the visitors ahead 5-4 with the Warriors tying it up 5-5 in their at-bat in the sixth. After a scoreless seventh inning the teams would go to extra innings.
Back-to-back doubles by Shrum and Weatherford gave the Owls a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Weatherford eventually moved to third on a passed ball and scored the final run of the game on a wild pitch. Rylee Carleton (2-0) would strike out two in bottom half of the inning, including the last Warrior batter, to earn the win. Carleton came in relieving starter Jessi Duncan, tossing the final six innings allowing just two hits, one earned run, while fanning eight Warriors in the process.
Oregon Tech will next take on Walla Walla University in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday, April 10th, before resuming CCC action at Eastern Oregon and College of Idaho this Friday and Saturday.