Simpson goes 2-0-1 over the weekend

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s men’s baseball team traveled to Hayward, Calif., to play NCAA II opponent Cal State East Bay in three non-conference games on Feb. 19-20. The Red Hawks went 2-0-1 on the weekend.

In the first game of the series on Feb. 19, Simpson held on to their 5-4 lead despite a ninth-inning rally by the Pioneers. Kenny Button put Simpson ahead in the first inning with a two-run home run. The Pioneers scored twice in the bottom of the first on a Devin Grigg RBI single and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Levi Josewski. Grigg hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to put the Pioneers ahead 4-3. The Red Hawks scored twice in the seventh on a Jared Jordan single and a RBI double by Aarason Perry.

Dustin Stoddard was the winning pitcher for Simpson while Shane Hillier recorded the save. Victor Guerrero took the loss for the Pioneers.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, Simpson defeated Cal State East Bay in game one of a doubleheader 10-6 in 11 innings. The second game was called due to darkness after eight innings with the score tied 7-7.

In the first game, the Red Hawks scored four runs in the 10th inning highlighted by a pair of RBI singles off the bats of Perry and Shane Battles. The Red Hawks tied the game with a run in the eighth inning. Simpson’s Joshua Corson went 5-for-6 at the plate with three runs scored. Ricky Hogan pitched 4.1 scoreless innings and recorded seven strikeouts to pick up the victory.

In the second game, Cal State East Bay took a 3-1 lead in the third inning. Simpson hit three runs in the top of the fourth, while Cal State East Bay scored an unearned run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. The Pioneers took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth as Grigg’s groundout scored Stephen Gatehouse. The Red Hawks scored three runs in the top of the sixth highlighted by a two-run single by Julian Goodin. Cal State East Bay closed the gap to 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth. The Pioneers tied the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. Rico Adams had two hits and drove in three runs for the Red Hawks.

The Red Hawks (3-7-1) will host University of British Columbia, Feb. 26. The doubleheader is set to start at 4 p.m.


Photo credit: Bob Stoddard

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