MEDFORD, Ore. – The UBC Thunderbirds dropped a non-conference softball double header to the No. 17 Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls, losing 5-4 in 9 innings in game 1, and 8-0 in 5 innings in game 2, Tuesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Fields in Medford, Ore. Oregon Tech improves 7-1 on the season with UBC slipping to 3-7.

In Game 1, Oregon Tech’s McKenzie Shrum connected on a two out triple in the seventh to send the game to extra innings, Kayla Prock tied it again with a homerun in the bottom of the ninth and Tara Moates won it on a sacrifice fly as the Owls earned a come-from-behind 5-4 win in the opener.

UBC jumped up first using a solo homerun in the top of the second from Kelly Rumley to lead 1-0.

The Thunderbird lead held until the bottom of the fourth when Tech tied it at 1-all. Cassidy Hoglund led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With one out Ashley Sfetku grounded out to second to plate Hoglund with the tying run.

UBC notched two runs in their half of the fourth moving up 3-1. Katie Sherlock singled and later scored on a RBI single by Sarah Hillsdon, with Hillsdon advancing to third on a two base error on the hit. A sacrifice fly scored the runner from third as UBC took a two-run lead.

The Owls closed to one run when Alyssa Davis reached first on a fielder’s choice, following a Tara Moates leadoff single. Davis used a wild pitch to move up a base with a Sadie Birch single putting runners on the corners. Tasha Silvius plated Davis on a ground out to make it 3-2, with a pop up and strikeout ending Tech’s threat in the fourth inning.

Oregon Tech went down in order in the fifth, but a one out double by Davis put the tying run on second in the sixth. The Owls, however, were unable to tie it after a pair of ground outs ended the inning with the Owls still trailing 3-2.

Tech threatened again in their last at-bat with Hoglund drawing a leadoff walk. A ground out and strikeout put Shrum at the plate with two outs. The junior outfielder came up with the clutch hit, a triple to left field scoring Carleton, who pinch hit earlier in the inning, to tie the game at 3-all. A ground out would send the game to extra innings.

UBC took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth after a hit by pitch and walk put runners on with no outs. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up with a Shayla Kaplen sacrifice fly making it a 4-3 game. The inning ended on a strikeout with runners on second and third.

Prock provided more heroics for Tech when her leadoff homerun to left tied the game at 4-all. Ashley Sfetku followed with a single and advanced to third on a Shrum single and UBC error. Moates, on a 2-2 count, flied out to center plating Sfetku for the game-winner.

Rylee Carleton struck out 11 and walked just two in her eight innings of work. The senior allowed seven hits, three runs, two earned in the no decision. Ann Marie Guscher tossed the final inning improving to 3-1 with the win.

Shrum and Sfetku recorded two hits each with Shrum driving in two . Prock, on her homerun, Silvius and Moates had a RBI each

In Game 2, Alyssa Davis hit a 2-run double in the bottom of the 1st and Sadie Birch followed with a 2-run home-run to give the Owls a 4-0 lead.

Oregon Tech freshman Tara Moates hit a towering solo homerun in the bottom of the 3rd inning to give OIT a 5-0 lead.

The Owls would add two runs in the 4th inning, with Birch adding her second home-run of the game in the bottom of the 5th to give OIT the walk off, mercy rule win 8-0.
 

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