ASHLAND—After a combined nine weekend games, the top three softball teams in the Cascade Collegiate Conference remain unchanged heading into the final week of the regular season.
No. 9 Southern Oregon (38-11, 19-5) swept Carroll College, No. 13 Corban (31-10, 19-5) swept Eastern Oregon, and No. 22 Oregon Tech (31-11, 18-6) took all three conference games against Providence.
It means SOU and Corban stay locked in a tie for first, with the Raiders holding the tiebreaker, and OIT remains a game back.
The Raiders scored in the first inning of their conference series finale against Carroll, and despite being blanked for the rest of the game, benefitted from a two-hit shutout from starter Gabby Sandoval.
It was a stark contrast to the tale in Klamath Falls, as the Hustlin’ Owls exploded offensively and cruised to a 17-0 win.
Ali Graham hit a pair of home runs, and Tara Moates left the yard as well. Combined, OIT’s No. 3 and 4 hitters were 7-for-8 with 7 RBI.
Next week, SOU hits the road for three conference games against Eastern Oregon, while OIT travels to Northwest in hopes of either the Raiders or Corban tripping up.