KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech stranded nine base runners and College of Idaho’s Alexis Macias’ two-run homerun in the first inning was the difference as the Owls fell to C of I by a 3-1 score in today’s elimination contest of the Cascade Collegiate Conference Softball Tournament held today at the OIT Softball Complex.
Oregon Tech (33-12) will have until Tuesday to see if an at-large berth into the NAIA national softball tournament is in their future or if the season came to an end.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that the brackets in the Softball National Championship Opening Round will be officially announced with a free video selection show. The pairings for the 40-team softball national championship opening round tournament will be announced at 7 p.m. CDT on May 6 by going to NAIA.org
Currently the Oregon Tech track and field team is sending seven members to their NAIA national track meet at the end of May, with the hopes of the Tech softball team reaching the NAIA softball championships for the third time in four seasons. The Owls would earn their first NAIA National Championship in 2011. Oregon Tech fans can help support our athletes and teams for national travel events with a gift to the Oregon Tech Foundation. 3201 Campus Drive or www.oit.edu/give
After a leadoff walk to Briana Brace, C of I’s Alexis Macias launched a one out two-run shot to left field to put the third-seeded Yotes on the board.
Tech pitcher Rylee Carleton settled in and held the Yotes scoreless through the next four innings, while the Owls scored a single run in the third inning to close the gap to 2-1. Tasha Silvius accounted for the Owls’ only run of the game, as the first baseman led off the bottom of the third with a solo blast hitting off the scoreboard in right field cutting the deficit in half.
The Owls found some momentum after Silvius’ blast, loading the bases with no outs in the third. McKenzie Shrum reached on an error, followed by a hit batter sending Shauna Collins to first. Danielle Sayres next singled to load the bases. A fielder’s choice cut down Shrum at home, while C of I’s Nickayla Skinner got out of the jam with a pop up and fly out ending the inning. Skinner would shutout the Owls over the next four innings to bump her overall win mark to 19 for the year. Skinner would scatter six hits, strike out seven and walk just one in her outing.
Carleton, suffering her first loss of the season, allowed just one more run, a sixth inning RBI single to Skinner as the game ended by the same 3-1 score. Carleton (6-1), allowed just three hits in her seven innings, striking out four with all three runs earned.
Sayres and Cassidy Olson recorded two hits apiece, with Tori Weatherford and Silvius finishing with one each.