Oregon Tech Goes 1-2 Saturday at Simpson Tournament
Redding, Calif. – The Oregon Tech softball team finished up day 2 of the Simpson University tournament with a 1-2 mark in their tripleheader played at Field of Dreams Saturday in Redding. Tech defeated host Simpson University by a 5-2 final, but dropped a 10-2 decision to No. 4 ranked Point Loma and fell 10-9 to Menlo College. Oregon Tech is now 2-4 overall.
Sara Coates singled in her first at bat in game 1 versus Point Loma, one her two hits in the game, while Ashleigh Larson followed with her first blast of the year to put the Owls up 2-0. Point Loma countered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to lead 3-0. That was all the support PLNU would need, scoring seven more and holding the Owls scoreless to win by the 10-2 final.
After trailing 4-0, a seven run fourth inning for Oregon Tech in game 2 versus Menlo put the Owls on top 7-4. The two big hits in the inning came off the bats of Jess Plummer and Coates who both drove in two runs-Plummer doubled and Coates singled. Menlo added two runs to cut the Owl lead to 7-6, but a two run seventh put the Owls up 9-6. It fell apart for Tech in the bottom of the seventh when a two out bases loaded walk gave the Owls a 9-7 advantage. An ensuing Oregon Tech error scored another run for Menlo and continued the inning for the Oaks.
Taylor Schmidt is 2-1 for Tech on the season.
The next batter singled to drive in both the tying and winning runs, as the Owls fell 10-9.
Coates accounted for three of the Owls hits and drove in two runs in game 2. Sierra Patzke, Andria Wheatley, Bree Larson and Taylor Schmidt had two hits each, while Wheatley had two RBI in the loss.
Host Simpson University jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Owls in game 3, but an Ashleigh Larson single and a Patzke homerun would tie the contest at 2-2. Patzke’s next at bat started a two out rally in the Owl sixth. Mikey Eustance would single to drive in the go ahead run. Plummer then singled to give the Owls some breathing room and the last of Tech’s runs came on a wild pitch to give the Owls a 5-2 lead. Owl freshman hurler Taylor Schmidt shut down the Red Hawks over the next two innings, as the Owls moved to the 5-2 win. Schmidt scattered five hits to improve to 2-1 on the season. Patzke had two hits, including her first homerun of the year, while Eustance also added two hits in the victory.
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