PORTLAND — The Southern Oregon softball team split a pair of Cascade Collegiate Conference road games against Concordia on Monday, falling 4-3 in the opener before bouncing back to earn an 8-5 victory in the second game at Delta Park.
Southern Oregon, 13-7 overall and 3-1 in conference play, hosts No. 5 Oregon Tech in a conference doubleheader today at 2 p.m.
Stephanie Vandenbusch led the Raider offense with three home runs and four hits. She drove in five runs. Sierra Anderson also homered in each game and tallied four hits in the doubleheader.
In the opener, Concordia took a 2-0 lead and scored the eventual winning run on a sixth-inning solo homer. Pitcher Ashley Suter of Concordia limited the Raiders to two hits.
Jordyn Kurtz took the complete-game loss for SOU, yielding two earned runs on nine hits in six innings.
The Cavs scored the first two runs in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of an SOU error to put a pair of unearned runs on the board. Southern Oregon tied it in the top of the fourth when Melissa Corn walked and Vandenbusch homered to left field.
Concordia regained the lead in the bottom of the inning as Jennifer Lutton and Sam Genskay each singled and Kyndell Andrews hit an RBI single down the left-field line to make it 3-2.
Anderson's first home run of the day again evened the score in the top of the fifth as she knocked a solo shot to left-center. Mary Lugar's homer to center in the bottom of the sixth provided the winning run.
In the nightcap, the two teams combined for 13 runs on 28 hits, and the Raiders scored the final five runs to earn the win.
Chelsea Talbert got the win in relief for the Raiders, pitching 22/3 shutout innings while yielding five hits, and Kurtz picked up the final two outs to earn the save. Suter took the loss for Concordia, giving up eight runs on 11 hits.
Concordia again opened the scoring, picking up a pair of runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning. Andrews homered to right-center to score the first run, and after the next two batters reached base, Kate Santos doubled to make it 2-0.
Southern Oregon got on the board in the top of the third as Anderson hit her second homer of the day to pull the Raiders within one.
The Cavaliers strung together three hits with two outs in the third to add another run in the third, and the Raiders responded with a pair in the fourth to tie it at 3-3. Katie Moy doubled to open the inning, and she came in to score on a CU error.
Vandenbusch then doubled to right and advanced on a wild pitch, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Irene Barrantes.
Concordia quickly regained the advantage with two more runs in the fourth. The Cavs struck again with two outs, this time putting together four consecutive hits with two down to make it a 5-3 game.
Southern Oregon picked up its first lead of the game in the top of the sixth. Moy led off with a home run and Kurtz reached on an error. Brooke Springer pinch ran for Kurtz and stole second, then advanced to third on a throwing error. Vandenbusch followed with her second homer of the game to put SOU up 6-5.
The Raiders added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Kurtz and Vandenbusch hit back-to-back home runs to make it 8-5. Concordia loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but Kurtz picked up the final out to clinch the victory for SOU.
At Bend, Ashland senior Piper Cantrell finished her day 8-for-9 and the Grizzlies earned their first wins of the year, beating Mountain View 13-10 and Hillsboro 9-4 at the 12-team Central Oregon Tournament at Mountain View High School on Monday.
Cantrell was 4-for-5 with four runs and two RBIs against Mountain View. Nicole Lehman went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs, Hannah Thornton 3-for-4 and Christina Kuykendall 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run in the opener.
Freshman pitcher Georgia Williams picked up the win against the Cougars (2-2), striking out 13 and allowing four hits before older sister Savannah Williams replaced her in the seventh inning.
Ashland finished with 17 hits.
Against Hillsboro (0-4), Cantrell was 4-for-4 with three runs, Teresa Lehman 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run, Nicole Lehman 2-4 with two runs and an RBI and Georgia Williams 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Savannah Williams threw a four-hitter with five strikeouts and five walks en route to the victory.
The Grizzlies (2-4), who tallied 13 hits in their second game, will play Crook County at 11:30 a.m. today at Bend High in the championship bracket.
Mountain View 021 030 4 — 10 4 4
Ashland 220 612 x — 13 17 3
Durre, Wicklund (4) and Mate; G. Williams, S. Williams (7) and N. Lehman. W — G. Williams (1-2). L — Durre. 2B — MV: Durre, Mate; A: Sutherland; 3B — A: Cantrell.
Hillsboro 002 000 2 — 4 4 5
Ashland 103 221 x — 9 13 2
Weislogel and Riddle; S. Williams and N. Lehman. W — S. Williams (1-1). L — Weislogel. 2B — H: Branstetter; A: N. Lehman.
Player of Week
Southern Oregon sophomore Julia Willison has been named Cascade Collegiate Conference Red Lion Softball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Willison helped the Raiders sweep No. 16 Corban on Saturday as SOU picked up 8-4 and 10-0 upset victories to open the conference season 2-0. The SOU catcher finished the day with five hits in six at-bats, including a pair of home runs and nine total runs batted in.
She homered in the first game and capped the second contest with a walk-off three-run shot to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning.