Observer staff

Devin Lewis-Allen and Corey Sledge both recorded victories to lead the Eastern Oregon men’s track and field team at the War XII Track Meet Friday and Saturday in Spokane, Washington.

Lewis-Allen posted the top time in the 400 (48.57 seconds) and Sledge claimed top honors in the pole vault (15-feet-7) for the Mountaineers. Darrian Walker followed Sledge in the pole vault with a third-place finish at a height of 15-feet-3.

EOU also claimed a top-four finish from Jakob Sandhagen, who was fourth in the javelin at 179-feet-3.

The women’s team also posted four top-four finishes, half of which came from freshman Kalulusno Ngaida. Ngaida won the high jump at a mark of 5-feet-1, and was fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 36-feet-0-1/4. Elizabeth Herbes finished second in the 400 (58.70) and Faith Homer came in fourth in the 1,500 (4:51.21).

The Mountaineers are back in action Saturday at the NNU Invitational in Nampa, Idaho.

Mountaineers earn softball split at C of I

The Eastern Oregon softball team split a weekend series against the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, with one of the wins coming in the opener of the series to end a seven-game losing streak in Cascade Collegiate Conference play.

EOU rallied for a 6-5 win in Friday’s opener before losing 6-1 in the day’s second game, then dropped Saturday’s first game 7-1 before taking the finale in a nonconference game, 3-1.

Eastern Oregon 6, College of Idaho 5

Sarah Bonner’s two-run home run in the top of the sixth boosted EOU to a win Friday after the Mountaineers blew a four-run lead.

An error, an RBI single by Shevan DeFreitas and a two-run single by Brandi Bowling gave Eastern a 4-0 first-inning lead. The Coyotes rallied to pull even, and eventually took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a Hannah McNerney RBI single.

But Bonner gave the Mountaineers the lead back with a home run, her first of the season, and Amanda Smith, who threw a complete game for EOU, made the lead hold up.

Smith allowed five runs on 12 hits, walked three and struck out four for her second win. DeFreitas, Bowling and Haley Ebner each had two hits for the Mountaineers.

College of Idaho 6, Eastern Oregon 1

EOU managed just four hits against College of Idaho ace Colette Robert as it fell in the second game Friday.

Bonner provided EOU’s only run with a solo home run in the fifth inning — her second of the series — that brought the Mountaineers within 2-1. The Coyotes, though, responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, including a Marissa Maddox two-run shot for the Coyotes, for the final margin.

DeFreitas had half of EOU’s four hits in the loss. Lauren Spencer allowed six runs on nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 4-1/3 innings in the circle for Eastern.


College of Idaho 7, Eastern Oregon 1

Ebner drove in a first-inning run on a fielder’s choice to give Eastern an early lead in the final CCC game of the weekend, but the Coyotes responded with seven unanswered runs to pull away and take the series.

Maddox’s RBI single tied the game in the bottom of the first, and Emily Aspden hit an RBI single in the second to give the Coyotes the lead for good.

Bowling had two of Eastern’s five hits in the loss. Smith pitched five innings, allowing five runs — four earned — on eight hits with five strikeouts.

Eastern Oregon 3, College of Idaho 1

Spencer allowed 10 hits, but limited College of Idaho to just one run and struck out two for a complete-game victory in the final game of the weekend.

Ebner hit an early RBI single, but Eastern took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth on an error and a Rayne Spencer sacrifice fly. EOU won despite having just four hits, two of which were from Madison Barr.

The Mountaineers (7-25 overall, 3-15 CCC) host University of Providence Friday and Saturday, likely needing two or three wins to boost their chances of making the CCC tournament.