Lady Red Hawks earn two impressive wins over Holy Names
Simpson University Sports News
OAKLAND, Calif. - Simpson University's women's softball team won two important and impressive softball games against Cal Pac opponent on Friday, April 21 in Oakland, Calif. The Lady Red Hawks won game one 3-1 in extra innings and game two 13-4 in seven innings.
Game one was a pitching battle for both teams. Holy Names took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Simpson tied the game at one in the top of the sixth when junior Paige Gomez reached home on sophomore Morgan Davis' trip to deep right field. The game remained tied at one until the top of the 10th inning. Junior Valerie Rodriguez scored when freshman Shayley Madruga singled to the pitcher's mound. Freshman Alexis Angier scored when Davis singled to shallow center field. Holy Names was unable to score in the bottom of the innings, so Simpson won game one 3-1.
Sophomore Hayley Rodriguez was the winning pitcher. She pitched all 10 innings. She gave up seven hits and one run. She struck out eight batters. Valerie Rodriguez, Angier, and Gomez all scored one run. Davis had two RBI.
In game two, Simpson had a huge come-from-behind victory. They scored 13 runs off 19 hits. Holy Names had a 4-0 lead going into the fourth inning. The Lady Red Hawks scored two runs in the top of the fourth to bring the game within one. Freshman Chelsea Dunn scored when junior Nikki Feuerbach tripled to deep right-cent. Feuerbach reached home when junior Corrine Alexander flied out. Gomez scored the tying run in the top of the fifth when Dunn grounded out to second.
Simpson took a 9-4 lead in the top of the sixth. Angier scored when Gomez hit a single. Sophomore Nicole Hutchins reached home on Davis' double to shallow right-center. Rodriguez hit a huge triple to deep right-center which drove in Gomez and Davis. On the next at-bat, junior Brooke Downs hit a triple to bring Rodriguez home.
The Lady Red Hawks added another five runs to their lead to bring the score to 13-4. Their nine-run lead was too much for Holy Names to overcome. Madruga and freshman McKenzie Burroughs reached home when Gomez blasted a trip to deep left-center. Downs hit another triple to drive in Gomez, Rodriguez, and junior Jodie Richards.
Davis was the winning pitcher. She pitched the last two innings of the game and only allowed two hits and no runs. Junior Amanda Crocker was the starting pitcher. She pitched two innings and gave up seven hits and four runs. Freshman Whitney McCain pitched two innings and only allowed two hits and no runs.
Gomez had a huge game. She was a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with three runs and three RBI. Rodriguez was close behind. She was 4-for-5 from the plate with two runs and two RBI. Davis went 2-for-4 with one run. Dunn was 1-for-5 with one run. Feuerbach was 2-for-4 with one run. Madruga went 2-for-3 with one run. Burroughs went 1-for-3 with one run. Richards, Angier, and Hutchins all scored one run. Downs had four RBI.
Simpson returns to action in the Cal Pac Championship on Friday, April 30 in Rocklin, Calif. William Jessup University is the hop and top seed of the tournament.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.