Lady Red Hawks open season with Southern California road trip
Simpson University Sports News
PASADENA, Calif. - The Simpson University softball team opened its season with a road trip to Southern California to play a double-header against Azusa Pacific and games versus California Baptist University and the University of British Columbia. The Lady Hawks went 1-3 on the road trip, ending with a convincing 8-0 victory over British Columbia.
In game one, the Red Hawks faced Golden State Athletic Conference (GASC) opponent Azusa Pacific University. Morgan Davis made the start for the Red Hawks, allowing five hits and six runs, only three of which were earned. Nicole Hutchins, Paige Gomez, and Liz Meza all scored for the Red Hawks who had three RBIs and one unearned run off an error. The Red Hawks fell 6-4 to the Cougars.
The Red Hawks made noticeable improvements in Game two against the Cougars in which they were error-free. Amanda Crocker got the start for Coach Wayne Stower, giving up only one earned run and four hits in four innings. Krystal Shaw relieved Crocker, giving up two earned runs in 2.2 innings. Offensively the Red Hawks got a boost from Davis who got one run off two hits from her three at bats. Once again the Cougars pulled away late, scoring one run in the bottom of the seventh to win 3-2.
Game three saw the Red Hawks face California Baptist University, the NAIA’s number one ranked team. Hayley Rodriguez stared for the Red Hawks and allowed four runs. Corinne Alexander got two RBIs and scored one run for the Red Hawks’ offense in the 8-2 loss.
The sole victory on the road trip came in an 8-0 win over University of British Columbia. Alexander once again led the way offensively scoring one run with two RBIs. Shaw bounced back from game two with APU to pitch a shutout, only allowing four hits in five innings of play.
The Lady Red Hawks softball team will next see action Feb. 12-13 as they host the All-American Softball, Inc. Invitational at Big League Dreams in Redding.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.