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NAIA Softball World Series begins tomorrow

Stealing Second

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Details here.

You can watch the game in Ashland at Oaktree (and maybe the other usual places–Northwest Pizza, RedZone, etc.)

Note that Thursday’s game has been postponed until 7 a.m. PDT on Friday due to weather.

Happy birthday, Harlee Donovan!

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2018 NAIA Softball Player of the Year Harlee Donovan

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Quirke sends Raiders to World Series

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Lauren Quirke

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @quirkey_15

Lauren Quirke came into today’s game with SOU down 3-1. She went on to pitch for 4 innings, giving up zero runs, and scored the game-winning run in the 7th inning to clinch the opening round of the NAIA playoffs for the Raiders.

SOU wins again, major upsets elsewhere

Touch 'em all

Raiders celebrate as Tayler Walker rounds the bases after crushing a home run to left center

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The Raiders will play tomorrow at 11 a.m. They need win only once. Their opponent will need to win two in a row.

Around the NAIA, #1 Oklahoma S&A, #2 Marian, and #5 Lindsey Wilson all lost (although none have been eliminated yet). Oregon Tech is undefeated as well.

Cascade Conference strong on day one of NAIA Softball Opening Round

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Olivia Mackey went 2 for 2 with a walk and 3 RBI in SOU’s 5-0 win

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All four CCC teams won today, including the #3 seeds College of Idaho and Corban in “upsets”. A couple of the top teams in the country almost lost. Undefeated #2 Marian won in extras and #5 Lindsay Wilson had a similar result, but both will make it to day two without a loss.

SOU will face Hope International tomorrow in Medford at 11 a.m. The winner will make it to day three only needing to win one more time for the right to go to the NAIA Softball World Series.

NAIA Softball Opening Round begins today in Medford

Rally time

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Unless you are teaching a class at the time, like I am, get on over to U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford at 1:30 today for first game action. More details here and here.

NAIA Softball Opening Round predictions

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Tayler Walker

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @taylerrwalkerr

Game times are posted here.

Let’s take a look at what Massey “thinks”. Massey dropped the Raiders from the #4 spot after the two losses to College of Idaho a couple weeks ago. However, the Raiders have risen back to #5 on Massey after winning the conference tournament without a loss. The coaches left the Raiders at #4.

2019 Massey NAIA Softball rankings (May 9, 2019)

The coaches have Hope International at #11, but Massey has them at #14. Massey and the coaches disagree on Marymount and Taylor as well. The coaches have them at #30 and #28 while Massey has them as #20 and #35.

Massey gives the Raiders an 80% chance of beating Taylor, 72% chance against Marymount, and 68% chance against Hope. I’m not sure what chance that gives the Raiders in a double-elimination format, but probably a number well over 90% against these three teams. According to Massey, SOU has had a more challenging strength of schedule than their three opening round opponents. Oregon Tech and Corban are both in Massey’s top 20, and the Raiders went a combined 12-1 against them.

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.

Players of the Week

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Gabby Sandoval

@ShimekHannah @SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @gabbysandoval14

Details here.

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Kevin Tunnell

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Hannah Shimek

Raiders playing for an “easy” Sunday today at 2

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Lauren Quirke

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @quirkey_15 ‏

Today at 2 p.m. Southern Oregon will face off against Oregon Tech, a team which has dominated the conference this year–except when they play SOU. Against everyone else, the Owls are 23-1, but the Raiders are a perfect 3-0 against Tech.

A win today means just one win will be necessary on Sunday to win the tournament. A loss today means three wins will be required on Sunday. Winning the tournament may be necessary to keep a top six ranking and a “pole position” in the NAIA College World Series.

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