OIT to Host Baseball and Track & Field, Softball Looks to Win CCC Crown on the Road
Oregon Tech's Emilee Nehring at the 2010 NAIA national meet. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Oregon Tech track & field team, along with baseball, will be at home this week, while the No. 17 ranked softball team takes to the Willamette Valley to try to wrap-up a Cascade Collegiate Conference crown this Friday in Salem.
In the only home meet of the season, the track and field team will host the Oregon-California Border Clash Saturday at John F. Moehl Stadium on the campus of Oregon Institute of Technology. Southern Oregon will join Oregon Tech to take-on Cal State Chico and Humboldt State University out of Arcata, Calif.
Field events begin at 9:30 a.m., while the first running event, the 3,000-meter steeplechase takes off at 11:30.
Oregon Tech senior Trent Smith needs nine hits to become the OIT career-hits leader. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
The Oregon Tech baseball team is at Kiger Stadium this Friday and Saturday where the Owls will close out regular-season home action versus Menlo College beginning with a doubleheader at 4 p.m. tomorrow and an 11 a.m. start on Saturday.
Oregon Tech head coach Matt Miles believes three teams out of the NAIA West South Division have a shot at postseason play. The Owls are currently 2-12 in division play, but a win streak over the next two weekends, could put them in postseason contention.
After closing out the series with Menlo, the Owls are at Patten University in Oakland to wrap-up regular season play on April 29th and 30th.
Freshman shortstop Shauna Collins. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
The softball team is coming off a 3-5 week, not exactly what Head Coach Greg Stewart would have liked, but the Owls are sitting in first place in the CCC standings heading into the last weekend of conference play and still hold a two game lead in the loss column over Corban University with four games to play.
Oregon Tech is at Corban tomorrow and Northwest Christian Saturday to close out regular-season action. One win at Corban would clinch a second CCC title in four years for Oregon Tech and would give the Owls the one-seed heading into the conference tournament which would be hosted by OIT.
The 2011 Cascade Collegiate Conference softball tournament will be held May 6-7 at the site of the CCC's regular season champion and feature the top three finishers in the CCC's regular season standings. The tournament champion will earn the conference's automatic bid to the NAIA Championships, which are slated for May 19-25 in Gulf Shores, Ala.
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