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Raiders softball sweeps player of the week awards... again

For the second week in a row, the Southern Oregon University softball team takes home both the Cascade Collegiate Conference's awards for pitcher and player of the week.

Posted: Feb 15, 2021 3:53 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2021 2:42 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — The number one team in the nation keeps showing how they earned their ranking. For the second week in a row, the softball Pitcher and Player of the Week in the Cascade Collegiate Conference belongs to two Raiders.

Gabby Sandoval earns Pitcher of the Week honors for another dominant weekend as SOU's ace. In two starts this weekend against William Jessup and Simpson, Sandoval earned her third and fourth win of the season, moving to 10th all-time in the NAIA pitcher wins column. The senior has now won 17 straight decisions, dating back to the 2019 NAIA World Series championship game.

"It's not same old Gabby Sandoval," said catcher and three-year teammate Allie Stines after Sunday's doubleheader. "[Her pitching is] fire. She is firing. She's back and better than ever."

It's a scary thought for opponents down the road, especially in a four-game series where teams could see the All-American pitcher twice in one weekend. And Sandoval has plenty of help behind her in the field and at the plate.


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Stines was the recipient of the CCC's Player of the Week for her work from the left-hander's batters box. Her four, multi-hit games this weekend included a home run and three doubles. With those doubles, Stines broke the Raiders' school record with 44 and still plenty of season left to play. The senior currently leads the nation in doubles (5) and hits (15) over eight games of work. Stines went without at least two hits in a game this season once.

"I've been seeing the ball pretty well," Stines said. "But... I've prepared really hard for this and I practice seriously and I take what I do seriously... I'm [also] in a good, good mental space right now, and I'm happy and I play my best when I'm happy and having fun."

Stines and Sandoval will look to keep the good times rolling this weekend where they head back to Redding, California where they will take on Simpson University. The four-game series is set to begin Saturday, with two games on February 20th and two games on the 21st.

When the final out is recorded on Sunday, it will be the eighth meeting between the two teams in three weeks. In the previous four meetings between SOU and the Red Hawks this year, the Raiders have won all of them while outscoring Simpson 35 to 7, including two, five-inning mercy rule games.

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