Red Hawks defeat Warriors
Simpson University Sports News
SALEM, Ore. – The Simpson University baseball team defeated Corban College 9-1 and 7-6 on Friday, March 19.
Simpson scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning on three hits. The highlight of the inning was a two-run double hit by Jordan to left field that scored Shane Battles and pinch-runner Julian Goodin. Joshua Corson brought in two more runs with a single to left field that scored Jake Gill and Jordan for a six-run Red Hawks lead.
The Red Hawks scored one more run in the top of the sixth inning on a ground out by Matthew Alton. Jake Gill brought in the final run of the game in the eighth inning with a RBI double down the left field line.
Simpson was led by Jordan, Corson, and Battles, who each registered two hits to go along with pitcher Brad Hurn's complete game performance. Hurn allowed one earned run on six hits and struck out 11 batters.
In game two, the Warriors scored three unanswered runs over the first three innings for an early 3-0 lead.
Corban did not allow a hit in the first three innings. The Red Hawks battled back to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth inning on four hits. The highlight came via RBI singles by Battles and Mark Austad following a Perry score after a Warrior throwing error.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Corban scored two more runs to take a 5-3 lead on a fielder's choice. The Warriors scored their sixth and final run in the bottom of the sixth inning off a RBI double down the left field line.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Red Hawks loaded the bases with three straight singles through the left side. A double down the right field line by Perry brought the Red Hawks within one run. Nick Spiess tied the game at 6-6 with a run-scoring infield single. Battles stepped to the plate next and brought home the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly to deep center field that scored pinch-runner Kris Warner.
Corban had one more chance to snap its season-long losing streak, but the Warriors had a one-out single, a strikeout and a ground out that sealed the 7-6 victory for the Red Hawks.
Simpson got a 3-for-4, two RBIs performance from Perry, while Shane Hillier went the opening 3.0 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits before turning the ball over to reliever Andrew Ward. The Red Hawks' second pitcher picked up the win allowing one earned run on four hits in 4.0 innings of work.
These teams return to action Saturday, March 20. First pitch set for 11 a.m.
Photo credit: Bob Stoddard
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