(KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.) In a battle for first place in the Cascade Conference standings, Concordia University and Oregon Tech split a double-header Saturday afternoon at the OIT Softball Complex on senior day. The Cavaliers (27-14, 19-5 CCC) came from behind to win game 1 in extra innings 7-5; The Hustlin’ Owls (27-9, 18-4 CCC) rebounded to break Concordia’s 9-game winning streak as the Owls grabbed game 2, 8-4.
In game 1, Tech took the early lead as Tasha Silvius hit a 3-run homerun off the scoreboard in right field scoring Cassidy Olson and Alyssa Davis who had each singled.
The Cavs came back with 2-runs in the top of the 4th inning, taking advantage of a walk and 3-hits to make it a 3-2 game. That score would hold until the top of the 7th inning. With 2-outs and the tying run at 3rd base, Concordia was down to their final strike, facing a 3-2 count. Taylor Copher then hit her 5th homerun of the season to give CU their first lead of the game 4-3.
Tech would rally in the bottom of 7th to tie the game at 4-4 on a controversial play. After 2-outs, Danielle Sayers and Shauna Collins each singled to keep the game alive after a CU error allowed McKenzie Shrum to reach 1st base safely to load the bases. Tech’s Tori Weatherford hit a ground ball to the shortstop who threw to first to what looked like would end the game, however after the umpires conversed, it was ruled that the throw pulled the first baseman off the bag allowing everyone to be safe as Sayers scored to the tie the game. The next tech batter was called out on strikes to head to extra innings.
After neither team scored in the 8th, Concordia grabbed the lead back in the 9th scoring 3-runs on 3-hits and 1 Tech error.
Tech’s Shauna Collins picked up her 3rd hit of the game, a leadoff double in the bottom of the 9th and scored on a Tre Sullivan single but that was all the Owls could muster, losing 9-7 in 9 innings.
McKenzie Marshall went all 9 innings to pick up the win and improve to 15-4 for CU.
Sullivan and Olson had 2-hits for OIT with Copher and Kate Santos leading the Cavs to the win with 2-hits each.
In game 2, OIT took the early lead, scoring 2-runs on doubles by Alyssa Davis and Sayers.
Tech added a run in the 4th as Olson doubled and scored on a single by Silvius to give the Owls a 3-0 lead.
Concordia scored 1-run in the 5th on a Meghan Luebbert single and a Copher double.
OIT then looked to take control, scoring 3-runs in the 5th on 5-hits and a CU error, highlighted by a Sadie Birch pinch hit 2-run single.
The Cavs continued to fight, putting up 3-runs in the 6th on a Luebbert 2-run homerun to right that also hit off the scoreboard. It was her 6th long ball of the season and it made it a 6-4 game.
After another Collins double, Tech’s Tori Weatherford hit her 8th homerun of the season, a deep drive to centerfield giving OIT the 8-4 lead.
Tech’s Cassidy Olson closed the door on the Cavs in the 7th to pick up her 2nd save of the year as OIT won 8-4.
Tech starter Jessi Duncan picked up the win to improve to 13-3. Concordia’s Lucy Baldovino was pegged with the loss as she fell to 9-4.
Shrum, Davis, and Olson had 2-hits each to lead the Owls.
Luebbert and Copher had 2-hits each for Concordia in the loss.
Oregon Tech will next host Southern Oregon University on Monday at 2:00pm at the OIT Softball Complex. The game was moved up a day to avoid the potential for bad weather.