Oregon Tech softball wins twice

OIT softball


PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Tech pitcher Taylor Schmidt struck out five and drove in a run in a 4-3 victory over University British Columbia in game 1, while the Owls used a grand slam and three two-run shots in the nightcap to overwhelm Willamette 15-8 in game 2 today in day 1 of the Northwest Cup.

No. 1 ranked Oregon Tech moves to 6-2 overall and will play NCAA III opponents Saturday beginning with George Fox at 11 a.m. and Whitworth University at 1 p.m.

Trailing 1-0 heading into their first at bat, Tech’s Taylor Schmidt got the Owls on the board with a two-out bases loaded single to tie the contest at 1-1. In the second inning, Jess Plummer came up with the big hit, another two-out single, scoring Melissa Logan and Shauna Collins, putting the Owls in the lead by a 3-1 margin.

UBC would rally in the fifth with a leadoff double that led to UBC’s second run to close the gap to 3-2.

Janelle Cromie came to the plate with one out in the sixth and put the Owls in the lead for good with a solo shot. UBC would answer with a leadoff homerun in the seventh inning, but Schmidt would coax UBC into three ground ball outs to give the Owls the 4-3 win.

Schmidt allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out five in her complete game effort, moving to 3-0 on the season.

In game 2 Oregon Tech’s Elise Goodell walked, Ashleigh Larson singled, and both would score on a Willamette error to move the Owls up 2-0 in the first inning. The score stood until Kayde Schaefer would drive in Cromie, who earlier singled in the fourth inning, on a two-run blast to send Oregon Tech to a 4-0 advantage.

Willamette then came up with a three-run homerun in the fifth to make it a 4-3 game.

In the fifth inning for the Owls, Plummer led off with a single and with two-outs Cromie hit her second homerun of the day, and second two-run homer of the game for Tech, that put the Owls on top of the Bearcats 6-3. Tech then got their third two-run homerun of the game in the sixth inning. Following a Mellissa Logan walk, Amber Knight came to the plate as a pinch hitter and hit her first homerun of the season to put the Owls on top 8-3.

WU, however, wouldn’t go away, and after a four-run sixth inning, trailed just 8-7 heading into the final frame.

Oregon Tech scored seven runs on four hits in the seventh, all before WU recorded their first out, to blow out the Bearcats. The inning was highlighted by Tech’s fourth homerun, a grand slam from Ashleigh Larson that put the game out of reach. WU plated a single run in their final at bat as the Owls won 15-8.

Larson drove in four runs, Schaefer three and Cromie a pair, while Morgan Barnes got the win after pitching 5 1/3 innings. Barnes allowed five hits and struck out nine with Schmidt earing a save.