Red Hawks split home opener with OIT
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Red Hawks' men's baseball team opened up their home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 4 against the Owls from Oregon Tech. The teams split the doubleheader with the first game going to the Owls 11-10 and the second game to the Red Hawks 2-0.
The first game featured a pitching matchup between Matthew Hart (1-0) and Dylan Bedortha (0-0), who made his season debut in the game.
Game one was a high scoring affair. The Owls jumped out early scoring seven times in the first two innings of the game. They led 8-1 going in to the bottom half of the third inning when the Red Hawks started putting up some runs. Simpson scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings, including three RBI from the red hot Matthew Alton. The Owls also added two in the fourth as well as one in the top of the sixth making it 11-7 after six innings. Adrian DeMar came in to pitch in relief and got into a jam in the seventh by loading the bases with one out. He got out of the jam by striking out the next batter and inducing an inning ending ground ball. In the bottom half of the inning, the Red Hawks added one run before Garrett Barnett’s single allowed two runs to score to cut the Owl’s lead to just one run (11-10). The score remained that way going into the bottom of the ninth inning. The Red Hawks loaded the bases for Alton, who popped-out to the catcher. The Red Hawks dropped the first game 11-10.
Hart (1-1) took the loss in the first game while Bedortha (1-0) earned his first win.
Game two saw Scott McKeen (1-1) pitch against Zach Earle (0-0) in a seven inning game.
This game was a very different story as only two runs were scored, both by the Red Hawks. Daveron Ross hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and Alton hit a RBI single. McKeen improved to 2-1 on the season. He allowed just three hits while striking out five. Earle (0-1) received the loss. Alton is now batting .481 with 10 RBI. He extended his hitting streak to eight games.
The Red Hawks record now stands at 4-4. Their next game is on Friday, Feb. 10 against Willamette University at 5 p.m. in Redding.
Written by Dan Anderson
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