Oregon Tech Earns Pair of Comeback Wins Over Northwest Christian
Oregon Tech catcher Kayde Schaefer drove in three runs in game 2. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Tech scored four times in the fifth inning of both games to earn a pair of Cascade Collegiate Conference comeback wins over Northwest Christian, 7-4 and 9-7, today at James Park in Eugene.
No. 5 Oregon Tech moves to 20-4 on the season and 3-1 in conference action. Northwest drops to 4-18 overall and 2-4 in CCC play.
Trailing 4-3 after four complete in the opening contest, four runs in the fifth inning, powered by a solo homerun from Jess Plummer and a three-run blast from Sara Coates, proved to be too much for the Beacons to overcome, as the Owls took game 1 by a 7-4 final.
Taylor Schmidt moved to 10-2 in the circle picking up the win after allowing five hits with six strikeouts. Tech committed two errors with just two NCU runs being earned. Morgan Barnes pitched a hitless seventh inning to earn her first save this season.
Shauna Collins and Schmidt recorded two hits each, with Coates driving in three runs on her fourth homerun of the year. Plummer’s homerun, her eighth on the season, were the only two extra base hits for Tech in the game.
Down 6-3 after four complete, the Owls used a four-run fifth inning, while tacking on a pair of runs in the sixth, to earn a 9-7 win in the nightcap. Melissa Logan pitched the final three innings of hitless ball to move to 3-1 on the year for Tech.
As part of a 13 hit attack in game 2, Schmidt finished 3-for-4 at the plate, including two doubles and two RBI. Kayde Schaefer drove in three runs on two hits with Ashleigh Larson adding two hits and scoring twice. Janelle Cromie was 2-for-4 with a homerun, while starting pitcher, Morgan Barnes, hit a solo homerun, her second of the season, in the third inning.
Oregon Tech is scheduled to meet Southern Oregon University, weather permitting, for a doubleheader in Ashland beginning at 2 p.m. tomorrow at University Field.
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