Eustance pitches Owls to Sweep over Eastern Oregon
La Grande, Ore. – Oregon Tech junior pitcher Mikey Eustance picked up two wins on the afternoon, including an 11 strikeout performance in the opener, while Bree Larson drove home two runs in the eighth inning of the nightcap to help the Owls to a sweep over Eastern Oregon today in La Grande.
The Owls move to 21-17 overall and are in second place in the conference standings at 8-4. Eastern Oregon is now 9-15 on the season and 1-9 in the CCC.
Mikey Eustance picked up wins in game 1 and game 2 to help the Owls to a sweep over Eastern Oregon today in La Grande.
Andria Wheatley got the scoring started in the top of the third inning. The junior crossed home plate after a wild pitch. Oregon Tech added three runs in the following inning to take a 4-0 lead. Iris Woodhead scored Eastern’s first run in the bottom half of the inning on a passed ball.
OIT added another run in the top of the fifth inning when Bree Larson drove in Kayde Schaefer with a RBI single to right field. An Ashleigh Byrne single to center field brought in Jennifer McDonnell for the Mountaineers in the bottom of the seventh inning. However, EOU would leave two runners on base and not score again.
A pitching duel between McDonnell and Tech’s Becca Anderson would highlight the second game, as both pitchers allowed no runs through the first three innings.
That is until Tech’s Wheatley and Larson each singled to open the top of the fourth inning. Wheatley scored on a sacrifice bunt from Taylor Schmidt to open the game 2 scoring. EOU tied the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning when Shelby Spencer singled to left field, scoring Nyssa Salazar. But, the Mountaineers could not capitalize after leaving the bases loaded and scoring only one run on four hits in the inning.
With the score tied at one, OIT threatened in the top of the seventh loading the bases, but failed to score the go-ahead run. Spencer singled up the middle in the bottom half of the inning, but that was Eastern’s lone hit in the seventh.
Tech broke the tie open with three runs off of two hits in the top of the eighth. Jess Plummer scored off of a wild pitch and a Larson single to right field that plated Schaefer and Schmidt, ending the inning and stranding two runners on base.
EOU would rally with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth, but Tech’s Mikey Eustance would pick up her second victory on the day, holding the Mountaineers scoreless for the remainder to take game 2 by a 4-3 final.
Information provided by EOU sports info dept.
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