Thunderbirds soar over Red Hawks

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University baseball team was swept by University of British Columbia this weekend. University of B.C. won 3-0, 3-1, 15-2, and 5-3.

In game one, Simpson’s Dustin Stoddard gave up three runs and allowed seven hits facing 27 batters. Stoddard recorded eight strikeouts and pitched a complete seven inning game but picked up the loss 3-0. Left fielder Nick Spiess went 2-for-3 from the plate.

In game two, University of B.C. defeated Simpson 3-1. Brad Hurn was the starting pitcher. Hurn pitched five innings and gave up three runs and allowed five hits, striking out seven batters. Ricky Hogan relieved Hurn in the sixth inning and gave up only one hit. First baseman Aarason Perry recorded a RBI and was 1-for-3 from the plate. Center fielder Jared Jordan was 2-for-4 from the plate scored one run.

In game three, the Red Hawks lost 15-2. Joshua Weise was the starting pitcher. Weise pitched 1.2 innings giving up five runs, two hits, and five walks. He struck out three batters. Andrew Douglas replaced Weise in the second inning. He allowed four runs, five hits, and five walks. He pitched four innings before being replaced by Matt Roberts in the seventh inning. Roberts pitched one inning giving up six runs. Spiess hit a home run in the fourth inning to right field, and Joshua Riley scored off of a fielder’s choice to give the Red Hawks their only scores.

On Sunday, Feb. 28 the Red Hawks looked to redeem themselves but fell short losing 5-3 to British Columbia. The Red Hawks scored first when Jordan scored from third base off an Perry sacrifice fly to center. In the fourth inning, B.C responded when Sean Pisarski hit a single and Mike Elias scored. Blake Carruthers singled to right which brought in Greg Densem for another score. B.C. had a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. The Red Hawks tied the game 2-2 when Jake Gill grounded out to short and Kenny Button scored.

In the top of the sixth, Simpson pitcher Weise threw a wild pitch which allowed White to score. Hogan replaced Weise in the sixth inning. Starr singled to right which allowed Pisarski and Carruthers to score, giving the Thunderbirds the led 5-2.

In the bottom of the seventh, Simpson tried to rally a comeback when Thunderbirds’ Britton-Foster threw a wild pitch allowing Mark Austad to score. Britton-Foster closed out the inning with a ground out by Spiess. Simpson was not able to score the necessary runs and the Thunderbirds defeat Simpson 5-3. Weise was the losing pitcher and University of British Columbia’s Brandon Kaye was the winning pitcher.

The Red Hawks return to action on Friday, March 5 against Bethany University in San Jose, Calif. Game time set for 1 p.m.


Photo credit: Bob Stoddard

Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.
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