Lady Red Hawks go 2-2 on day one of SU Tourney

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University's women's softball team hosted their second annual softball tournament on Feb. 11-12. On day one of the tournament, they played the University of Concordia-Irvine, Corban University, Northwest Christian University, and the University of British Columbia. The Lady Red Hawks lost 16-3 to Concordia-Irvine and 7-4 to the University of British Columbia. They defeated Corban 3-2 and Northwest Christian 5-0.

Simpson struggled in game one against the University of Concordia-Irvine. The Lady Eagles' hitting proved too much for the Lady Red Hawks' pitching. Concordia-Irvine won 16-3. Sophomore Morgan Davis was the losing pitcher. She pitched 4.2 innings and gave up seven hits and nine runs. Junior Amanda Crocker came in and pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless softball. Freshman Whitney McCain closed the game and allowed four hits and seven runs.

Freshman Chelsea Dunn went 1-for-3 with one run. Sophomore Nicole Hutchins went 2-for-4 with one run. Davis went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Junior Nicki Feuerbach went 3-for-4 with one run.

In game two of tournament play, Simpson faced Corban University. The game remained scoreless for both teams until through the first five innings. In the top of the sixth, Simpson scored two runs. Hutchins and Dunn both scored on junior Brooke Downs' double to deep center field. Corban tied the game at two in the bottom of the sixth when Stephanie Nippert hit a two-run home run. Freshman Shaley Madruga hit the winning run for Simpson in the top of the seventh. She hit a solo home run to give Simpson the 3-2 victory.

Sophomore Hayley Rodriguez was the winning pitcher for the Lady Red Hawks. She pitched all seven innings and gave up five hits and two runs. Makenize Marchbacks was the losing pitcher for Corban.

In game three of tournament play, Simpson faced Northwest Christian University. The Lady Red Hawks were led to the 5-0 shut-out victory by the solid pitching of freshman Whitney McCain. She pitched 6.2 innings of scoreless softball. She only gave up two hits. Sophomore Morgan Davis closed out the final .1 by giving up no hits or runs.

The Lady Red Hawks took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Hutchins scored off a Davis single down the left field line. Simpson added three runs to their score in the top of the third to take the 4-0 lead. Downs hit a three-run homer and drove home junior Valerie Rodriguez and Davis. Simpson scored their final run in the top of the fourth when Hutchins scored off Rodriguez's single to right field.

Simpson played the University of British Columbia in their last game on day one of the tournament. The University of British Columbia took an early lead and never looked back. The Thunderbirds were up 7-0 until the bottom of the seventh inning when Simpson finally scored.

In the bottom of the seventh, Madruga scored on a Dunn single to left field. Feuerbach scored on a Downs single to left. Freshman McKenzie Burroughs singled to center which brought Dunn home. Davis scored off junior Paige Gomez's single to right field. The Lady Red Hawks' comeback was a little too late; the University of British Columbia claimed the 7-4 victory.

Junior Amanda Crocker was the losing pitcher. She pitched 2.1 innings and gave up five hits and five runs. Hayley Rodriguez pitched the final 4.2 innings and allowed six hits and two runs.

Simpson continues tournament play on Saturday, Feb. 12 with games against the University of Concordia-Portland, the College of Idaho, and Corban University.


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