Simpson sweeps La Sierra series
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Red Hawks' men's baseball team played the Golden Eagles from La Sierra University in a pair of seven-inning games on Wednesday, March 28, at Tiger Field. The Red Hawks won game one 13-6 and game two 5-4.
Andrew Douglas started for the Red Hawks in game one against Golden Eagle starter Tyler Sirna. The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. However, the Red Hawks tied the game in the bottom of the second, when Robert Nadalsky scored on an Elden Whisman ground out and Chad Alden scored on a Alex Araiza single. Then the Golden Eagles took back the lead in the third inning, scoring four times to take a 6-2 lead. The Red Hawk offense would then exploded, as they scored one in the third, two in the fourth, six in the fifth, and two in the sixth. The Red Hawks had 11 doubles in the game, including three from Nadalsky. Angel Marti had four RBI and went 2-for-5 with two doubles. Nadalsky was 3-for-4 with three doubles and two runs scored. Whisman was 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Joshua Corson went 2-for-4 with an RBI. All of this added up to a 13-6 victory for the Red Hawks. Joshua Gilmore earned the win in his three innings of relief, allowing just one hit and no runs. Golden Eagles reliever Kenneth Curiel earned the loss, as he gave up six runs and eight hits in just one inning of work.
Nadalsky took the mound for the Red Hawks in game two against Scott Makarow. Nadalsky struggled in the first inning, loading the bases before recording an out. He was able to get himself out of the jam by not allowing a run. The Red Hawks scored twice in their half of the first, when Corson scored on a throwing error and Garett Barnett scored on a Matthew Alton ground out to give the Red Hawks a 2-0 lead. Nadalsky found himself in trouble again in the second, loading the bases again with only one out. This time the Eagles made him pay, when Ryan Diaz hit a grand slam to take the lead 4-2. Chuck Matthey scored on a Phillip Ramos ground out in the bottom of the second to make it 4-3 in favor of the Golden Eagles. The game remained 4-3, and the Red Hawks went into the bottom of the seventh needing to score to stay alive. Matthey doubled to open up the inning, and Graig Londergan bunted him over to third. Ramos then stepped to the plate and a sacrifice fly scored Matthey sending the game into extra innings. Then in the bottom of the eighth inning, Chad Alden played hero as he singled to score Corson and the Red Hawks won 5-4. Alden also earned the win, as he came in to pitch in relief. He allowed just one hit in three innings of work and struck out three. At the plate, Alden went 2-for-4, including his walk-off RBI single. Makorow earned the loss, as he allowed five runs (three earned) and eight hits in seven innings.
Up next for the Red Hawks is a trip to take on the Owls from Oregon Tech. The four game series has been moved from Klamath Falls, Ore., to Medford, Ore., because of expected rain and snow. The series will begin on Saturday, March 31 with game one starting at noon.
Written by Dan Anderson
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