EUGENE, Ore. – The sixteenth-ranked Oregon Tech Softball team eked out a pair of one run games to sweep Northwest Christian University today in Cascade Conference softball action. Tech earned a 3-2 extra inning victory in game 1 and held on for a 2-1 win in the nightcap.
Oregon Tech improves to 19-5 overall and 12-0 in the CCC standings. NCU falls to 4-17 on the season and 3-7 in conference action.
Game 1 – NCU battled back from a 2-0 deficit with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to send the opening game to extra innings, but the Owls would tally a single run in the eighth and hold on for a 3-2 win.
Scoreless through two innings, Oregon Tech would strike for two runs in the third inning and hold the lead until the Beacon half of the sixth.
Danielle Sayres started things off with a one out single to center with Shauna Collins following with a single to left. Tori Weatherford next stepped to the plate with two outs and laced a ball to right field for a triple driving in both Tech runners to make it a 2-0 contest.
Jill Suratt recorded NCU’s first hit of the game in the bottom half of the third inning, a single to right field, but was left stranded. Randi Kostner singled in the fourth inning, later stealing second and into scoring position, but again was stranded when Olson struck out her sixth batter of the game.
NCU plated their first run in the bottom of the sixth after a leadoff walk by Chelsea Hannon and single by Laynee Bevans gave the home team some momentum. An Addy Hoskins sacrifice bunt moved Beacons to second and third with just one out. A Kostner RBI on a fielder’s choice closed NCU’s deficit to 2-1, with Olson coaxing a fly out to right field to end the inning.
Tech would go down in order in the seventh only to see NCU put the tying run on first with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. Jazzmyne Villaruel recorded her first hit of the day, a single to left field. A one out ground out moved Villaruel, the tying run, to second base and with two outs a wild pitch advanced her to third. Bre Johnson next singled to left to tie it up at 2-all with the game moving to extra innings after the Owls got out of the inning on a ground out.
The Owls would lead 3-2 after plating a single run in the eighth inning. Tech’s McKenzie Shrum led off the extra frame with a double, eventually coming around to score after a Weatherford single moved Shrum to third, followed by a fielder’s choice RBI by Alyssa Davis.
Olson would get the first two Beacons to ground out and pop up, but Kostner kept NCU hopes alive with a two out single to center. The game, however, would end on a ground out to second base with the Owls winning by the same 3-2 margin.
Cassidy Olson improved to 9-3 overall, allowing just six hits and two runs while striking out six in her complete game eight inning effort. Weatherford notched two hits and drove in a pair of runs on her triple with Sayres adding two singles and Alyssa Davis a RBI. McKenzie Shrum came up with a double with Collins, Davis and Sadie Birch recording a base hit each in the win.
Jill Suratt suffered the loss after allowing three runs on eight hits in eight innings in the circle for the Beacons. Surrat fell to 2-4 overall while adding a single in the game. Kostner finished with two hits and a RBI, with Bre Johnson driving in NCU’s other run on a single in the seventh.
Game 2 – Oregon Tech again struck first with a pair of runs, this time in their first at-bat. Alyssa Davis singled plating McKenzie Shrum and Tori Weatherford from second and third base taking a 2-0 lead.
A leadoff double in the bottom of the second would turn into a NCU run, as the Beacons trailed 2-1. After a deep double by Parker Bonife, a passed ball would advance her to third. A Tech miscue would lead to the NCU score with a lineout double play ending the inning.
Both NCU and Oregon Tech would go scoreless for the remainder of play. The Owls, trying to pick up an insurance run in the seventh, stranded Danielle Sayres with one out at second base after NCU turned a double play to end the threat.
Jessi Duncan would move to 9-2 in the circle for the Owls after setting down the side in order in the seventh inning. Duncan allowed no runs on five hits and struck out six in a complete game effort.
Cassidy Hoglund finished 3-for-3 in the nightcap, including a double, for Tech’s only extra base hit. Davis single was the difference, driving in two, including the game-winner. Kayla Prock, Weatherford and Collins recorded singles in the win.
For NCU, Kostner added two more hits in game 2 with Bonife adding the Beacons’ only extra base hit. Addy Hoskins and Gabby Stover added singles. Suratt dropped game 2 falling to 2-5 in the circle. Surrat gave up no earned runs and struck out two in her seven innings of work.