Simpson struggles against Menlo at home

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University's men's baseball team faced off with conference opponent Menlo College in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday, April 13. The Oaks would sweep the two-game series from the Red Hawks. They won game one 3-1 and game two 9-4.

In game one, Simpson got on the board in the first inning when senior Chris Moody hit a double to right field allowing junior Angel Marti to score (1-0).

Menlo responded in the top for the second when Chris Mazza scored on a shallow single to left by Barney Evans to tie the game 1-1. The Oaks would score two more runs in the fifth and seventh inning to seal the victory 3-1.

Menlo's Derek Rodriguez was the winning pitcher. He pitched six innings and allowed four hits and one run. He had one strikeout facing 18 batters.

Red Hawk's junior Josh Weise got the loss. He pitched the whole game and gave up six hits and three runs. He had one strikeout while facing 24 batters. Marti went 1-for-2 from the plate with one RBI. Moody and senior Rico Adams each went 1-for-3 from the plate.

In game two, Menlo defeated Simpson 9-4. Once again the, Red Hawks got on the scoreboard early when sophomore Kris Warner hit a shallow single to right which brought home Adams in the bottom of the second inning.

In the fourth inning, the Oaks exploded scoring five runs to take a demanding lead 5-1.

Menlo scored a run in the fifth (6-1), but Simpson made a late surge scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning. A balk by Oak's pitcher Adam Koontz allowed Warner to score. Junior Daveron Ross reached first base on Mazza's wild throw and Marti scored, cutting the lead to three (6-3). On the following at bat, Moody reached first on a fielder's choice, and junior Josh Corson scored to bring the Red Hawks within two runs (6-4).

The Oaks scored three more runs in the eighth to seal the victory 9-4.

Simpson senior Josh Riche picked up the loss. He pitched 3.2 innings and allowed four hits and five runs. Junior Matthew Hart pitched 4.1 innings and gave up five hits and four runs. He also recorded four strikeouts. Junior Daniel Chavez pitched one inning and allowed one run. Ross, Moody, and Warner each recorded one RBI.

Simpson returns to action in a four-game weekend series against OIT on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 in Redding, Calif. The Red Hawks won both games of a doubleheader the last time these two teams met on April 6 in Klamath Falls, Ore.

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