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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

Friday's game

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.

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