CALDWELL, Ore--- The No. 6 Oregon Tech softball team (33-6) got a major boost headed towards the post-season on Friday, with two wins over No. 23 College of Idaho. These two wins move the Owls and Yotes into a tie for second place in the Cascade Conference. The battle for that spot will take place on Saturday with two more games.
The Owls leaned on ace Sarah Abramson in game one and earned a 5-0 victory.
Abramson earned her 16th victory of the year after pitching all seven innings of the first game. The ace only allowed two hits on the entire game and registered nine strikeouts.
In the 7th innings, with Abramson still rolling strong and the Owls holding a 2-0 lead, Krista Ward put the Owls in even better position with a three-run homer. That hit gave the Owls a 5-0 lead which would prove to be the final score.
The No. 23 Yotes came swinging back for the second game, but the Owls would pull away late and earn a 4-2 win.
The game was 1-1 through the 4th, but College of Idaho's Haley Loffer sent one out off of McKenzie Staub. The Owls found themselves down, 2-1.
That home run brought Staub's day to an end. That meant that Sarah Abramson would come in to finish game two.
Abramson locked down the Yotes, again.
Still trailing, 2-1, in the top of the 7th, Krista Ward was the hero, again. She hit a 2-run double that put the Owls back in the lead.
Kennedy Jantzi followed that with an RBI single.
Abramson claimed her 2nd win of the day and her 17th on the season because the Owls took the lead with her in the circle.
The Owls and Yotes will do battle again on Sunday. The first pitch of game three will be thrown at 10:00 a.m. The final game of the series will start shortly after game three.