KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Cassidy Olson drove in four runs, including a two-run homerun highlighting a five-run third inning, to lift two-seeded Oregon Tech past three-seed College of Idaho 10-2 in NAIA National Championships Opening Round play this afternoon at Symms Field in Caldwell.
Oregon Tech (34-12) moves on the play the winner of the top-seed Cal State San Marcos versus four-seed Dickinson State (N.D.) Tuesday morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. Visit oitsports.com for live stats, radio broadcast and live video information.
College of Idaho scored the game’s first run with an unearned run off Tech pitcher Rylee Carleton to move up 1-0 in the top of the second inning. Carleton would get the first batter, Katie Rowe, on a groundout, but hit Julia Henrie on a 2-1 count. McKensie Stanton next singled, with the Yotes loading the bases on an error by Tech’s third baseman. Briana Brace drove the first pitch she saw to center for a sacrifice fly, while Carleton got a ground out to end the inning.
C of I struck again for a single run in the top of the third inning after a leadoff walk to Macias led to the 2-0 lead. A flyout to left field advanced Alexis Macias, while Nickayla Skinner helped her cause in the circle with a RBI single to left field. The inning would end after a fly out and line out.
Oregon Tech finally got to Skinner with five runs in the bottom of the third inning to lead 5-2. Tasha Silvius led off the inning with a walk, while a one out double from Cascade Conference Player of the Year, Shauna Collins, put runners on second and third. A Yote error scored Silvius and advanced Collins to third, as Danielle Sayres reached first on the batted ball. A wild pitch scored Collins, as the Owls tied it up at 2-2. On a 1-1 count Cassidy Olson blasted a two-run homerun to left field, her 10th of the season, giving Tech a 4-2 lead. The Owls would eventually load the bases with two outs, as Silvius drew her second walk of the game to put Tech up 5-2 before Skinner worked out of the jam with a pop up.
Carleton held C of I scoreless in both the fourth and fifth innings, with Tech padding their lead with a single run in the bottom half of the fourth, eventually winning by the 8-run mercy rule, with four more in the fifth to win 10-2.
Collins and Sayres reached on back-to-back walks by Skinner, while Olson drove in her third run of the game on a single that scored Collins to make it 6-2 after four complete.
Silvius and McKenzie Shrum reached on back-to-back one out singles in the fifth with Collins loading the bases on a walk. Tech moved up 7-2 after Sayres was hit by a pitch. Sadie Birch bumped the lead to 9-2 on a two-run pinch hit single, while Olson’s sacrifice fly to left field, her fourth RBI of the game, scored Sayres to end the game 10-2.
Carleton allowed just four hits and one earned run moving to 7-1 overall. Olson drove in four runs on two hits, with Sayres and Birch recording two RBI apiece and Silvius one. Olson’s homerun and Collins’ double accounted for Tech’s two extra base hits. Birch, Alyssa Davis, Silvius and Shrum singled in the win.