Simpson loses two to Menlo
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Red Hawks' men's baseball team took to the field in a doubleheader against the Oaks from Menlo College on Saturday, April 14. The Oaks got the better of the Red Hawks, taking game one 7-2 and game two 5-4 in 10 innings.
Scott McKeen took to the mound in game one, facing off against the Oaks starter Joey Webb. The Red Hawks scored in the second inning, when Matthew Alton reached home on a Chuck Matthey double to take a 1-0 lead. The Oaks took their first lead, when they scored three times in the bottom of the third. The Red Hawks brought the game back within one run in the seventh when Alton scored again. This time, he scored on a Graig Lonergan single to make it 3-2 Oaks. The Oaks put the game out of reach in the eighth by scoring four times. They held onto that lead and won 7-2. McKeen got the loss, going 7.1 innings and allowing seven runs (three earned) on six hits. Webb was outstanding, going the distance and allowing just two runs on five hits and striking out 10 batters. Alton was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, while Joshua Corson was 2-for-4.
Rick Hogan took the ball for the Red Hawks in game two against Derek Rodrigues for the Oaks. This game was even throughout, with the Red Hawks scoring two times in the fourth, once in the fifth and once in the sixth. The Oaks scored once in their half of the fourth, twice in the fifth and once in the sixth to tie the game at 4. The game remained tied and went into extra innings. The Oaks finally broke the deadlock, walking off with the 5-4 win in the 10th inning. Daniel Chavez got with the loss for the Red Hawks, allowing the go ahead run on two hits in 1.2 innings. Alex Tenorio earned the win in 4.2 innings of relief, allowing just one hit and no runs and striking out seven batters. Alton was 1-for-5 with two RBI, while Kris Warner and Garrett Barnett went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The losses drop the Red Hawks’ record to 18-26 on the season and 3-18 in conference play. They will finish the four-game series with the Oaks on Sunday, April 15, with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.
Written by Dan Anderson
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