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SOU roundup: Raiders drop men’s hoop opener

Southern Oregon University men’s basketball. Mail Tribune file photo

KLAMATH FALLS — Southern Oregon led for most of the first half but faded down the stretch in an 86-71 season-opening loss to Oregon Tech on Friday afternoon at Danny Miles Court.

The Owls, playing their fifth game, rode senior Garret Albrecht’s career-high 32 points. The senior forward shot 13 of 16 from the field and pulled down 11 rebounds, helping OIT improve to 4-1.

Junior forward Josh Meyer posted a double-double in an impressive debut for the Raiders, scoring 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting with three 3-pointers and collecting 11 rebounds. Jake Virga added 12 points and Brad Allen scored 11 off the bench.

The Raiders jumped out to a 15-9 lead and were up for 15 minutes in the first half, which Albrecht ended with a 3-pointer before the buzzer to put the Owls in front 40-35.

Back-to-back 3s from Tez Allen and Meyer pulled the Raiders within 60-55 midway through the second half before the Owls pulled away with a 9-0 spurt.

Allen pitched in seven points and 12 rebounds.

Softball

SOU 9-18, PROVIDENCE 0-1: At Ashland, Lauren Quirke blasted two towering home runs in No. 1-ranked Southern Oregon’s sweep over Providence (Mont.). Both games ended in five innings in Cascade Conference play at University Field.

Quirke’s fourth and fifth homers of the season were part of a 4-for-5 afternoon that included a triple, a double, six RBIs and four runs scored.

She pitched three scoreless innings in Game 2 and left with a 13-0 lead to earn a win that made her 10-2 in the circle, too, for SOU (28-2, 13-1 CCC).

Tayler Walker enjoyed a 4-for-5 day with a double and three RBIs; Allie Stines went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple; Hannah Shimek had three hits, scored five runs, tripled and drove in two; and Olivia Mackey was on base five times with three hits, two walks and three runs scored.

Left fielder Katrina Winterburn also contributed a 3-for-3 Game 1 outing in support of starter Gabby Sandoval, who struck out 10 in a four-hitter.

Sandoval’s shutout was her sixth of the season. She improved to 15-0, reaching double figures in strikeouts for the third time in five starts.

Stines’ extra-base hits gave her 28 on the season and brought her doubles total to 20 - five away from the CCC record she set in 2019. Meanwhile, Quirke’s day upped her CCC-best batting average to .526