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Raiders sweep No. 23 College of Idaho, extend win streak to 13

Southern Oregon University's softball team dominated this weekend, holding the 23rd-ranked Yotes to three runs over four games.

Posted: Apr 17, 2021 6:20 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2021 5:04 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — A Saturday shutout is how the Raiders wrapped up a four-game series against No. 23 College of Idaho. Two wins for SOU and no runs in either for the visiting Yotes.

The first win gave the Raiders a little extra space atop the Cascade Collegiate Conference standings, after overtaking COI yesterday with their two wins. With two more series left in the regular season, it's a good spot to be in for SOU.

"We've been doing a great job just keeping on the uphill climb of being consistent," senior outfielder Katrina Winterburn said after the second game. "[It] is really the thing that's been making the difference for us."

The Raiders' softball team has now won 13 games in a row and boasts a sparkly 38-2 overall record and a near-perfect CCC record (20-1). They're firing on all cylinders, as evidenced by this weekend's dominating performance in nearly every facet of their game.

Over the course of their four-game series with College of Idaho, SOU averaged 7 runs a game, while their pitching and defense worked in tandem to hold the Yotes to just three runs over the two days. The defense gave the pitcher's the confidence they needed to succeed, which in turn fired up the Raiders at the plate to give their starters some run support.

"Gabby [Sandoval] and Lauren [Quirke] both work so hard that I think they deserve to have a line-up behind them that backs them up too," Winterburn said.

On day two, Sandoval and Quirke didn't need much back up as they dealt all day long. Sandoval earned her 110th career win, now tied for 4th on the all-time list for the NAIA. She allowed only two hits over seven innings while striking out seven. Quirke pitched a scoreless six innings in game two of the Saturday doubleheader, striking out four.

Winterburn went 6-for-8 in three games against College of Idaho with a home run and a walk. 

Hannah Shimek became the Raiders all-time leader in RBIs with a bunt in the second game, surpassing Harlee Donovan (140).

Next weekend, the Raiders will travel to Montana to take on the University of Providence in their second-to-last regular-season series of 2021.

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