Simpson starts season with two road losses
Simpson University Sports News
IRVINE, Calif. - Simpson University men’s baseball team started its season this week with a pair of losses to the Concordia University Eagles and California Baptist University Lancers. In both games, the Red Hawks put up a solid fight, scoring a combined four runs in both games, and leading for six innings against Concordia.
The Red Hawks started out their Southern California road trip with a solid outing against Golden State Athletic Conference foe Concordia. The Red Hawks began the first inning with a single up the middle by Jared Jordan. On the ensuing play, Jordan stole second after Josh Corson struck out. Kenny Button got a single through the right side that brought Jordan home for the first score/RBI of the season for the Red Hawks.
That lead held for six innings until Pete Lemone triggered a three run sixth inning for Concordia. The Eagles scored another two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning when Bryan Nicholson cranked a home run with one man on. The Red Hawks just didn’t haven enough against the Concordia, losing 5-1.
In the second game of the road trip, the Red Hawks matched up with the California Baptist University Lancers. Simpson didn’t fare as well against Cal Baptist; the Lancers started out with three runs in the first inning. The Red Hawks answered back with two runs of their own in the second when Matthew Alton hit a two RBI home run.
The unyielding offense of the Lancers was too much for the Red Hawks. They rattled off 10 more runs to Simpson’s one (a Josh Riley RBI single) in the proceeding innings en route to a 13-3 victory.
The Red Hawks displayed much improvement, however, in their road stint against the much larger Cal Baptist and Concordia. The Red Hawks proved that their offensive proficiency has the ability to score against top level NAIA talent.
The Red Hawks next play Cal Baptist again in a doubleheader on Thursday, Jan.28 at noon.
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