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Happy birthday, Jordyn Ragan!

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Parade Day! Massey moves Raiders to #1 with #1 strength of schedule

2019 final computer rankings for NAIA softball

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Parade details here.

The Raiders were ranked by Massey in the #3 to #5 range all year, with the teams above Southern Oregon showing better records but weaker schedules (SoS above). In the end, SOU didn’t have the best record, but they had the toughest schedule, and, most importantly, they beat the teams with the better won-loss percentages in the World Series to bring home the national championship.

The Cascade Conference was the only conference with four teams in the top 18. In fact, no other conference had more than two teams in the top 25.

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Raiders are nine outs from a national championship

Dugout

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Paige Leeper hit a grand slam in the first innning. Southern Oregon is currently up 6-3 after four innings. Rain is falling, and the game won’t resume anytime soon. There is a chance it will begin again at, or after, 7:30 p.m. PDT.

Murderers’ Row

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2019 SOU softball starting lineup

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“Murderers’ Row” refers to the 1927 Yankees, who batted a combined .307–shy of the Tigers’ record .316 in 1921. League averages were much higher then (about .290–similar to the NAIA softball average–compared to about .260 in recent decades for MLB).

Flash forward almost one hundred years to this group. They are hitting a combined .369 as a team (and even higher for this starting crew of nine). That puts them at #2 in the NAIA among teams with over 1,500 plate appearances (and #4 if that number is lowered to 1,300). In the 10-team Cascade Conference they have five of the top 12 hitters and all nine are in the top 25.

We’ll find out later today what three teams will be coming to Medford next week to try to prevent the Raiders from moving on to the NAIA Softball World Series in Springfield, Missouri. Last year SOU went in as the #8-ranked team (and knocked off #15 St. Francis to move on). This year they will likely go in ranked #4 or #5 and face two teams lower in the rankings as well as an unranked team.

Team of the Week

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Details here.

Raiders win two more

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Paige Leeper hit a home run in today’s second game

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Southern Oregon University is now 19-1 in conference play.

Home softball this weekend

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Paige Leeper

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Details here.

Final Four!

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#4 Paige Leeper

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With the #1, #3, and #5 seeds eliminated, #6 SOU will go to work on the #2 seed (defending champion Oklahoma City) someday (there have been numerous delays). You can watch the game at Oaktree (21+) or Northwest Pizza (all ages) whenever it does begin. Another Raider victory will mean another game a half hour later (weather permitting). Southern Oregon still needs four more wins to win it all. They are currently on a three-game winning streak.

CCC Team of the Week

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2018 SOU Softball Championship Team

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Details here.

SOU softball #3 in nation in preseason poll

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Paige Leeper

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball

Details here.

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