BELMONT, Calif. — The Southern Oregon softball team blanked an opponent in both halves a doubleheader for just the second time in 16 seasons on Friday, defeating Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.) 4-0 in seven innings and 10-0 in five on Friday at Koret Field.
Junior pitcher Gabby Sandoval took care of Game 1, recording a career-high 11 strikeouts in a two-hitter that made her 5-1. Freshman Jordyn Ragan worked the first three innings and senior Morgan Jones finished off Game 2 as they combined to give up just three hits.
The Raiders, ranked No. 3 in the NAIA, went to 10-1 going into Saturday’s twin bill at William Jessup (Calif.). Their defense played error-free for the third and fourth times in five games. Three of their four runs were unearned in the opener and they erupted for an eight-run third inning in Game 2.
NDNU, an NCAA Division II member of the Pacwest Conference, fell to 0-7.
In her third shutout of the season and the 13th of her career, Sandoval got the last 12 outs without allowing a hit. She got the lead in the third inning, when Avery Morehead-Hutsell singled and scored on Hannah Shimek’s squeeze bunt. A dropped fly ball enabled Shimek to score later in the inning, and in the fourth Lauren Quirke delivered a two-out RBI single.
Quirke went 3-for-4 with a double and Morehead-Hutsell went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Nine different Raiders were in on 10 hits in Game 2, but five free passes led to their big third inning. Shimek cashed in with a three-run triple, Tiana Brown with a two-run single and Lauren Quirke with another RBI single in the frame, while Allie Stines drew a bases-loaded walk. Paige Leeper, whose run-scoring single put SOU up 2-0 in the first, added a sacrifice fly.
Olivia Mackey was the only Raider with two hits in the game, though Shimek was on base three times with a pair of walks.
Ragan struck out four with one walk in her start. Jones yielded one hits with a pair of strikeouts in two innings.
NORTH EUGENE 47, ASHLAND 42: At Ashland, Ashland led by nine points with about four minutes remaining, then struggled on the offensive end and missed six free throws down the stretch to allow North Eugene to creep back in and rally for the Midwestern League victory.
The Grizzlies (6-16, 2-13 MWL) went into the fourth quarter with a 37-28 lead, but were outscored 19-5 in the final frame.
KJ Pippa dropped in 10 points to pace the Grizzlies, who received eight points each from Joseph Wallner-Sentle, Gabe Ekwall and Logan Sanford.
NORTH EUGENE (47): Pratt 2, DeGarmo 5, Rankin 8, Wallace 0, Duke 14, Parks 15, Cross 2. Totals: 17-21 47.
ASHLAND (42): Pippa 10, Wallner-Sentle 8, Ekwall 8, Hanks 0, Sanford 8, Saulsbury 0, Swenson 0, Sayre 2, Desmond 6. Totals: 16 6-15 42.
North Eugene1081019— 47
3-point goals — North Eugene 4 (Duke 2, Pratt 1, DeGarmo 1), Ashland 4 (Pippa 1, Ekwall 2, Wallner-Sentle 1).
NORTH EUGENE 45, ASHLAND 36: At Ashland, sophomore wing Jayd Sollinger paced Ashland with 17 points in the MWL loss at the Mountain Avenue Gym.
The Grizzlies (6-16, 2-13 MWL), who lost their sixth consecutive league game, had a 12-5 first-quarter lead before North Eugene connected on a 3-pointer near the end of the period to cut the deficit to four.
The Highlanders (4-19, ) took command by outscoring Ashland 16-3 in the second period when senior wing Abby Lundin tallied 10 of her team-best 13 points.
NORTH EUGENE (45): Collie 0, Cook 4, T. Manley 4, Oravec 4, K. Manley 12, Lundin 13, Hobbs 5, Martines 1, Pierce 2, Rogers 0. Totals: 14 13-16 45.
ASHLAND (36): Wilson 2, Sollinger 17, Gorringe 0, Baldwin 3, Larson 0, Munson 8, Summers 2, Witnauer 0, Rodriguez 0, Abel 4. Totals: 15 2-4 36.
North Eugene816129— 45
3-point goals — North Eugene 4 (Lundin 3, Hobbs 1), Ashland 4 (Sollinger 4).
CLASS 5A STATE TOURNAMENT: At Portland, Ashland senior Trevor Fulton advanced into 182-pound semifinals with a pair of wins at the Memorial Coliseum.
Fulton pulled an upset with a 12-8 decision against second seeded Joseph Blisseck of Lebanon in the quarterfinals.
In the first round, Fulton defeated Pendleton’s Kirk Liscom on a major decision (12-2).
“Right now I’m just so excited, I’m on top of the world,” said Fulton, who was one win from placing last year and now is guaranteed a spot on the podium. “I never expected this to happen. I lost to that guy at state last year and it just feels so good to come back and beat him. I’m just so happy.”
The seventh-seeded Fulton will face sixth-seeded Cole Jackson of Ridgeview, who moved on with falls in his first two matches, in today’s semifinals.