(Editor’s note: Cascade Collegiate Conference release)
ASHLAND, Ore. — British Columbia junior Emma Tuson tossed the first shutout of the Cascade Conference Tournament presented by U.S. Bank in Game 5, a seven-hitter that kept the No. 5-seeded Thunderbirds alive with a 2-0 win over No. 6-seeded Carroll (Mont.) on Saturday morning at University Field.
Tuson (11-6), who also threw a five-hitter in UBC’s eight-inning win against Eastern Oregon on Friday, led the Thunderbirds (19-22) into another elimination game at 4:30 p.m. against either EOU or Oregon Tech. She got a lead to work with in the bottom of the first, when three straight Thunderbirds reached with two outs and Emily Chorpita lined an RBI single to left, and she got some insurance in the third, when Chorpita hit another run-scoring single.
The Saints ended their season at 28-22. Jaylin Kenney and Anna ApRoberts had two apiece, but their lack of additional offense spoiled a stellar start by Tess Eaton (10-3), who struck out eight and yielded just six hits in six frames.