KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Top-seeded Oregon Tech took down four-seeded Southern Oregon, 7-4, in game 1, while three-seed Concordia University (32-15) rallied from late-game three-run deficit to defeat the Owls by a 9-8 final in both teams’ second game of the day.
Oregon Tech (33-11) will have to win three-straight games on Friday to earn the CCC tournament championship, beginning with College of Idaho beginning at 11 a.m. The winner of the 11 a.m. faces Concordia at 1:30 p.m.
Game 1 - Oregon Tech came back from a 1-0 deficit to Southern Oregon University to move into the winner’s bracket on day 1 of the CCC tournament championship where the Owls would take on two-seeded Concordia. Concordia opened the day with a 10-1 win over three-seeded College of Idaho.
Tech’s Cassidy Olson was the difference versus Southern Oregon, as the senior finished 3-for-3 with a pair of homeruns and a triple. Olson drove in six runs, which included a two-run blast in the second inning to go with her grand slam in a five-run fifth inning that put the Owls up for good.
SOU would tally single runs in the first and third innings. Tied 2-2, Olson’s grand slam, to go with a Tre Sullivan RBI single, put the Owls up 7-2. The Raiders would notch a pair of runs in the fourth inning to make it a 7-4 contest.
Jessi Duncan tossed 4.0 innings with Rylee Carleton shutting down the Raiders over the final three innings to earn her fourth save of the season. Duncan improved to 16-4 overall.
Tori Weatherford and Alyssa Davis finished with a pair of hits in the win. Shauna Collins, Danielle Sayres, Sullivan and Tasha Silvius added singles for Tech.
Game 2- Concordia used a four-run seventh inning to come back from an 8-5 deficit to defeat host Oregon Tech by a 9-8 score. Concordia moves into the winner’s bracket on Saturday and will have to win just one of two games to move on to the NAIA national tournament.
Oregon Tech clawed back from a three-run deficit of their own, eventually taking their first lead in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a solo homerun to left field off the bat of Tori Weatherford. Hoglund next doubled off the glove of the CU centerfielder, plating two more runs, as the Owls took a three-run cushion to the final inning.
To start the contest Concordia jumped on the Owls with three runs in their first at-bat. Cassidy Horner connected for a RBI single followed by a RBI double from Kate Santos. Concordia used a Tech miscue to notch their third run of the first inning to move up 3-0.
Tech closed the deficit to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Three-straight singles from McKenzie Shrum, Shauna Collins and Danielle Sayres would load the bases for Tori Weatherford, where the junior catcher singled in the Owls’ first run, making it a 3-1 game. Cassidy Olson drove in her seventh run of the day on an infield single, plating Weatherford before CU would get out of the inning.
Both teams scored in the fourth inning with CU tacking on two and the Owls one run, as Tech trailed 5-3. Tech pitcher, Rylee Carleton, in relief for Olson, held CU scoreless in the fifth, before the Owls rallied for two run in the bottom of the fifth to tie it up.
Tre Sullivan and Alyssa Davis started the fifth with singles, with Olson intentionally walked to load the bases. A pop up and line out sent Shrum to the plate with two outs where the left fielder tied the game 5-5 on a single up the middle. Collins would line out with runners on first and second to end the inning.
CU was held scoreless in the top of the sixth, before Weatherford provided Tech’s first lead on a solo shot to left to give Tech a 6-5 lead. Hoglund’s double drove in two to make it 8-5.
In CU’s comeback bid, Horner would draw a leadoff walk, while Santos made it an 8-7 game on a two-run blast to left field. With a runner on second, Tech relief pitcher Jessi Duncan got a strikeout, but CU would rally on back-to-back singles from Rielly Byrd and Meghan Luebbert. Luebbert’s single drove in the tying and eventual winning run to put the Cavs up 9-8.
Tech would put the tying run on first with two outs, an infield single by Sayres, but she would be stranded on a flyout as CU moved to day 2 with a 2-0 record.
Sayres finished with three hits and RBI with Weatherford and Shrum adding a pair of hits and two RBI each in the loss. Hoglund would drive in two on her double. Tasha Silvius would add a double for Tech with Weatherford connecting on her 10th homerun of the season.