EASTERN SOFTBALL SEASONS ENDS IN 1-0 PLAYOFF LOSS
PORTLAND The Eastern Oregon softball women found themselves on the short end of a classic pitcher's duel in their final game of the year.
Eastern's Jayne-Leigh Thomas threw an outstanding three-hitter, but the Mountaineer women were shackled by a two-hit shutout thrown by Southern's Brandi Brown, and were beaten 1-0 in the Region 1 playoffs Friday.
It was the 19th career shutout for Brown, the Cascade Collegiate Conference pitcher of the year.
In the end, the game came down to a Southern home run in the fourth inning by third baseman Angie Chaplin.
Thomas gave up just two walks in the loss.
Eastern ended its postseason run, and its season, with a solid 23-15 record. This comes after Eastern was picked in a preseason poll to finish last in the CCC.
The Mountaineers ended up going 0-6 this season against the Raiders (ranked No. 16 in the nation), but four of those losses were by a total of six runs.
If Eastern had won, the Mountaineers would have moved on to the Region 1 championship against No. 2 ranked Simon Fraser.
Southern went on to lose 6-0 to Simon Fraser in the championship Friday afternoon.
Eastern's Casi Reisenauer had a double in the loss. She ended the season batting .386.
Reisenauer made all-conference and all-region, as did Beth Hull, who hit two home runs in the postseason. Hull ended the season batting .372 with six home runs, 28 RBIs and a .649 slugging average.
Region 1 playoffs
Eastern 000 000 0 0 2 1
Southern 000 100 0 1 3 0
Brown and Schoenberg; Thomas and Fullmer. WP Brown. LP Thomas.
Eastern hits Reisenauer, Brock. 2B Reisenauer.