Oregon Tech Falls 3-1 in CCC Tournament to College of Idaho
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Tech managed just three hits, as Nickayla Skinner quieted the Owl bats in a 3-1 victory for the four-seeded The College of Idaho in game 3 of the Cascade Collegiate Conference softball tournament played this afternoon at Warrior Field on the campus of Corban University.
Melissa Logan's solo homerun in the seventh inning was Tech's only run in a 3-1 loss to C of I. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
No. 3 seed Oregon Tech is 1-1 in tournament play, and will face the winner of No. 1 seed Corban and No. 2 seed Concordia in an elimination game played on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. No. 4 seed College of Idaho advances to the CCC championship game on Friday needing just one victory to advance to NAIA national tournament play.
Oregon Tech’s McKenzie Shrum singled with one out in the first inning, but a ground out and strike out would end the inning. Tech would not record another hit until the last frame.
Tech starter Rylee Carleton allowed just two hits through three innings, however, one of those was a Kayla Webb solo homerun with one out in the third inning. A leadoff walk to start the top of the fifth inning would lead to a 2-0 Yote advantage when Alexis Macias delivered a one out RBI single. Carleton was credited with the loss after scattering six hits and allowing two runs in her five innings in the circle.
C of I tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth, as the Owls were down 3-0 with the Yotes needing just six outs to advance to the championship game.
Shrum reached to open the sixth after being hit by a pitch, but Skinner recorded strikeouts seven and eight to end the inning.
Taylor Schmidt, in relief work for the Owls, retired College of Idaho in order in the seventh as the Owls took their last at-bat.
Skinner would strike out the first batter she faced, but Tech would finally apply some pressure offensively. Owl first baseman Melissa Logan touched Skinner for a solo homerun that hit the top of the left center field fence and caromed over to make it 3-1. Taylor Schmidt followed with an infield single with the tying run at the plate with one out. However, Skinner would record the next two outs, a line out and ground out, as the Owls fell by the same 3-1 score.
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