LA GRANDE, Ore. – The Oregon Tech softball team split its doubleheader with Eastern Oregon on Friday afternoon. EOU held on to win game one, 6-4, but Oregon Tech rebounded in game two to defeat the Mountaineers, 4-2.
Game One – The Owls scored early in the game as they put runners on the corners with no outs in the top of the first inning. Tori Weatherford gave the Owls the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Shauna Collins from third base. Oregon Tech continued to threaten in the top of the first inning but could not score another run.
Eastern Oregon answered right back in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, JoElla Smith singled up the middle and Katie Martell doubled to center field to put runners on second and third. Stephanie Maestretti followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Smith to tie the game at 1-1. The Mountaineers continued to add to its lead and with two runners on base, Brittnee Carman-Rice singled to center field to score Martell and Wendt to put EOU on top 3-1.
After the first inning both pitchers settled down and only allowed four hits combined until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Mountaineers added to its lead. With two runners on base, Maestretti reached on an error by Oregon Tech’s shortstop which scored one run to extend EOU’s lead to 4-1. Later in the inning, Nicole Redd, who was pinch running for Katie Martell, scored on a passed ball, to take a 5-1 lead. Carman-Rice collected her third RBI of the game with a single to center field to put EOU ahead 6-1
The Owls would not go away quietly as they battled back in the top of the seventh inning. Collins singled to start the inning off for Oregon Tech. After an out, Weatherford singled to put runners on second and third. Tre Sullivan walked to load the bases for the Owls. With a 1-0 count Alyssa Davis hit a sacrifice fly to center field to put Oregon Tech down 6-2. Oregon Tech was not done as a single to the pitcher by Cassidy Hoglund scored Weatherford cut the Mountaineers lead to 6-3. The Owls added one more run thanks to Cassidy Olson as she reached on an error by EOU’s shortstop. However, the rally came to an end with Tasha Silvius grounded out to the pitcher to end the game and EOU came away with a 6-4 win.
Shauna Collins led all hitters in game one with three hits. Brittnee Carman-Rice led with three RBIs. Lindsey Walchli picked up her 13th win of the season in game one.
Game Two – The Owls struck first in game two, as they built an early lead in the top of the second inning. With runners on first and second, Silvius singled through the left side and a fielding error by EOU’s left fielder allowed two runs to score to put Oregon Tech on top, 2-0. Oregon Tech added one more run in the inning as Danielle Sayres singled to second scoring Silvius and putting the Owls on top 3-0. Like game one, after the second inning both pitchers settled down and the bases were kept clear until the top of the fifth inning. In the fifth inning, Oregon Tech added to its lead with runners on second and third, Sullivan grounded out to second base to score Collins to take a 4-0 lead.
The Mountaineers offense clicked into gear in the bottom of the sixth inning. Smith led off the inning with a walk to get the Mountaineers started. However, the next two batters were retired for EOU. With two outs, Wendt drew a walk to put two runners on. Carman-Rice followed with a two run RBI double to left center to cut the Owls lead in half, 4-2. However, that would be all the Mountaineers got in the inning and going to the seventh inning, EOU trailed 4-2.
Oregon Tech could not get anything going in the top of the seventh inning and EOU came to bat. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Andrea Roeder reached on an error by the shortstop. She advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Roeder advanced to third on a passed ball, with two outs, but the rally ended on a strike out and Oregon Tech came away with a 4-2 win.
Jessi Duncan picked up the win for the Owls going, 5 2/3 innings and allowing two runs. Rylee Carlton (Pictured) picked up the save for the Owls. Walchli picked up the loss as she went all seven innings while striking out five.
Oregon Tech travels to Caldwell, Idaho to face College of Idaho tomorrow with first pitch at 11 a.m. MT