SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Tech’s 13-game win streak was snapped, as Corban University swept a pair of Cascade Collegiate Conference softball games over the Owls, 8-5 & 7-2, Saturday at Warrior Field.
Fifth-ranked Oregon Tech fell to 30-6 overall and 13-3 in CCC play. Meanwhile, Corban improves to 25-9 overall and 10-6 in Cascade Collegiate Conference action.
In the opener, Oregon Tech got on the board quickly thanks to a three-run home run off the bat of Taylor Schmidt in the top of the first inning that brought home Ashleigh Larson and Kayde Schaefer, who reached base via a hit by pitch and a walk. After their opening at-bat, the visiting Owls held a three-run lead, 3-0.
Corban would get one run back in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly to center field that made it 3-1.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Stephanie Nippert would pull Corban within a single run, 3-2, with her conference and team-leading 16th home run of the season.
Oregon Tech would answer back in the top of the fifth inning when Shauna Collins blasted a two-run homerun to left center field fence that put the visiting Owls back up by three runs, 5-2.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Corban used a four run inning to take a 6-5 lead. Corban would add two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and hang on for the 8-5 win, as the Owls were unable to mount a rally in the final inning of game 1.
Oregon Tech was led offensively by three different players – Collins, Kayde Schaefer, and Schmidt – with a hit each, while Schmidt suffered the loss in the circle allowing eight runs (three earned) on seven hits before Melissa Logan got the Warriors’ final out.
Game 2 would find Corban 5-0 after three innings, as the Warriors would use a RBI single and grand slam to move up and not relinquish the lead.
Oregon Tech would put its only two runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning when Melissa Logan belted her third home run of the season over the left field fence that pulled the Owls within three runs, 5-2.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Corban would get the two runs back on a two-run homerun to take a 7-2 advantage. Both teams would go scoreless for the remainder as the Owls fell in game 2 by the same 7-2 margin.
Ashleigh Larson finished with three hits in the nightcap, while Logan suffered the loss allowing five earned runs on five hits in 2.1 innings of work. Taylor Schmidt and Amber Knight combined to allow two earned runs on a combined six hits over the final 3.2 innings.