Oregon Tech Picks up a Pair in Final Day of Southern Oregon Invite
Morgan Barnes picked up her fifth win in the circle and hit her first homerun of her career as the Owls moved to 12-2 on the season.
MEDFORD, Ore. – Top-ranked Oregon Tech set the tone early with three runs in the first inning of game 1, while Morgan Barnes connected for her first career homerun, while throwing a complete-game shutout in game 2, as the Owls rolled to a pair of victories in day 2 of the Southern Oregon Invitational.
No. 1 Oregon Tech improved to 12-2 with a 6-3 win over Great Falls and turned around to blank Simpson, 9-0, in the nightcap.
Taylor Schmidt moved to 6-0 on the season after giving up seven hits while striking out three and allowing two earned in the opener. Elise Goodell, Jess Plummer, Kayde Schaefer and Melissa Logan recorded two base hits each with Plummer connecting on her fifth homerun of the season and Schaefer adding a double.
Plummer went deep in the opening inning to drive in Tech’s first two runs, while Schmidt helped herself out with an RBI triple to go up 3-0. Shauna Collins followed up back-to-back singles with an RBI single, which proved to be the game winner that put Tech up 4-0. With two outs in the fourth inning Schaefer doubled that led to the final two runs of the game for the Owls. Melissa Logan followed with an RBI single and later advanced to second, while Goodell lined a single down the left field line to plate Logan, as the Owls moved up 6-0.
Great Falls would score single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh inning, as Oregon Tech won the opener by a 6-3 final.
In game 2 Collins finished with three more base hits, with Goodell, Ashleigh Larson, Janelle Cromie and Morgan Barnes adding two hits apiece.
After moving up 1-0 with a run in the opening frame, Barnes lined a single in the second inning that drove in two, and Larson followed with a bases loaded single that drove in the third and fourth runs of the inning to put Tech up 5-0.
Jess Plummer and Cromie would add RBI single in the fourth inning, while Barnes homered to left to put the Owls up 8-0 and Larson followed up with a ground-rule double to account for Tech’s final run of the game.
Simpson was unable to plate any runs in their at bat as the game was called after the fifth due to the 8-run rule.
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