Simpson splits series with OIT
Simpson University Sports News
IRVINE, Calif. - Simpson University's women's softball team played OIT in a doubleheader on Sunday, March 6. The teams split the series. Simpson won game on 9-2. OIT won game two 10-4.
In game one, the Lady Red Hawks got on the board early scoring two runs in the first inning. Freshman McKenzie Burroughs hit a single to left field which allowed sophomore Morgan Davis to score from third base. On the next at bat, junior Nikki Feuerbach hit a sacrifice fly to center field and sophomore Nichole Hutchins scored giving Simpson a 2-0 lead.
Oregon Tech responded in the fourth inning when Bree Larson scored on a wild throw by junior Brooke Downs (2-1). Simpson exploded in the bottom of the fourth by scoring six runs. It started off with Hutchins hitting a single to short which allowed junior Valerie Rodriguez to score (3-1). Davis scored on a fielder's choice (4-1). Feuerbach then hit a single to center allowing Hutchins to score bring Simpson's lead to 5-1. Junior Corinne Alexander hit a triple to right and recorded three RBI as Downs, Feuerbach and Burroughs scored giving the Red Hawks a 8-1 lead heading into the top of the fifth.
The Hustlin' Owls tried to rally in the sixth when Larson singled to right bringing home Shauna Collins, closing the lead to 8-2. All-American sophomore Hayley Rodriguez shut down OIT's next two batters and ended the Hustlin' Owls chances of a comeback.
In the bottom of the sixth, Simpson scored one more run when Feuerbach hit a home run to center field on a 1-1 count to seal the victory 9-2.
Rodriguez was the winning pitcher. She pitched a complete game striking out 10 batters and allowing seven hits and two runs. Feuerbach went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a home run. Alexander went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Burroughs followed with two RBIs and went 2-for-4 from the plate.
In game two, the Oregon Tech bounced back from losing game one and defeated Simpson 10-4.
Once again the Red Hawks scored first when Davis hit a home run to left field giving Simpson a 1-0 lead.
OIT scored four runs in the top of the second for a 4-1 lead. Brittney Cherry and Elise Goodell reached home on a misplayed grounder by Alexander hit by Andria Wheatley (2-1). Collins and Wheatley scored on a Larson hit to center field (4-1).
Davis, who was the starting pitcher, gave up two more runs in the third inning. Kayde Sachaefer hit a sacrifice fly to center field allowing Danille Sayers to score. Cherry hit a double to center allowing Larson to score giving them a 6-1 lead.
In the fourth, OIT scored three more runs to increase their lead 9-1. Junior Amanda Crocker relieved Davis in the fourth. Crocker allowed two hits and three runs. Larson hit a two-run home run to center field, giving the Hustlin' Owls a 7-1 lead. On the next at bat, Jess Plummer hit a home run to left field and increased OIT's lead to 9-1. Simpson's Downs responded in the bottom of the fourth when she hit a home run to left field (9-2).
OIT continued their attack as they scored one more run in the fifth giving them a 10-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth. Simpson tried a to make a comeback when Davis hit a double to center field which allowed Alexander to score (10-3). Sophomore Cali Avey grounded out to third but freshman Alexis Angier would score cutting the lead to six (10-4).
Oregon Tech's defense shut down the Red Hawks' chances of a comeback in the next two innings, as they defeated Simpson 10-4.
Simpson's Davis went 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBIs and a home run. Downs followed with one RBI and went 1-for-4 from the plate. Davis was the losing pitcher. She pitched three innings and allowed six runs and five hits. She struck out three batters. Crocker pitched two innings and gave up one hit. Freshman Whitney McCain ended the game by pitching two innings. She allowed one hit and struck out four batters.
The Lady Red Hawks return to action on when they start a three-game Oregon road trip against the University of Concordia-Portland on Friday, March 11.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.