Simpson loses to NAIA defending champion
Simpson University Sports News
IRVINE, Calif. - The Red Hawks' men's baseball team took to the field for the first time this season on Tuesday, Jan. 24 to take on the 2011 NAIA National Champion Concordia University Irvine Eagles. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks were not able to take out the defending champions; they lost the game 14-2.
The pitching matchup featured senior left-handed pitcher Scott McKeen for the Red Hawks and a junior right-handed pitcher Blake Harrison for the Eagles. Last season, Harrison went 8-1 with 66 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.74 in his 16 starts.
While Harrison was able to put away the Red Hawks in order in the first inning, the Eagles scored in the bottom half of the inning. Eagles’ catcher Chris Huber had a RBI single to put the Eagle up 1-0 after the first inning.
The Red Hawks came right back in the top of the second, when Daveron Ross doubled and Matthew Alton walked. Chad Alden singled up the middle scoring Ross and Alton to put the Red Hawks in the lead. However, after that point the Eagles dominated the rest of the game scoring two runs in the bottom of the second and third innings before adding five runs in the sixth inning and four runs in the eighth inning. All-in-all it was a very comfortable 12-run win for the Eagles (14-2).
McKeen was saddled with the loss for the Red Hawks giving up 12 hits and allowing nine earned runs in his six innings of work. Harrison finished with the win. He allowed two earned runs on three hits in four innings.
Huber highlighted the offense for the Eagles going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. The Red Hawks only managed five hits on the afternoon, with Angel Marti, Ross, Alton, Chuck Matthey and Alden each with a hit. A bright spot for the Red Hawks was the performance of Rick Hogan, who pitched one inning of perfect baseball in relief.
The Red Hawks will continue their road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 25 when they travel to San Diego to take on Point Loma University at 2 p.m.
Written by Dan Anderson
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