SU loses game one of series against PLNU
Simpson University Sports News
IRVINE, Calif. - The Red Hawks' men's baseball team continued their season opening road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 25 when they started a two game series against the Sea Lions from Point Loma Nazarene University. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks will have to wait to get into the win column as the Sea Lions handed Simpson a six-run loss (9-3).
The pitching matchup was between junior right-handed Justin Lawrence for the Sea Lions and the season debut of Red Hawks’ senior right-handed pitcher Joshua Weise.
The Red Hawks dug themselves into an early hole. The Sea Lions scored four runs in the first inning after Weise got himself into some trouble with two walks to start the inning. The walks were followed by an error to advance the runners. It looked like Weise would get out of the jam when he stuck out the next two batters. However, a couple hits from the following two batters gave the Sea Lions an early 4-0 lead.
Lawrence pitched outstanding for the Sea Lions getting through the first three innings without allowing a hit or a walk. Weise also settled down and didn’t allow another hit until the fifth innings. The Red Hawks applied some pressure on the Sea Lions scoring three times to pull them within one run. Matthew Alton singled for two RBI, and Chuck Matthey singled up the middle for an RBI of his own.
Point Loma added another run in the fifth on Tyler Norderen’s single. The Sea Lions put the hopes of a Red Hawk comeback to rest when they tacked on three more runs in the seventh and one run in the eighth.
Weise recorded the loss. He made it through five innings by striking out four batters while allowing just three hits and five runs (one earned). Lawrence earned the win. He allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and struck out eight in six innings of work.
Nordegren was very impressive for the Sea Lions going 4-for-5 with five RBI and scoring one run. Alton led the Red Hawks offensively with three hits and two RBI.
The Red Hawks drop to 0-2 on the season and will look to avenge this loss on Thursday, Jan. 26 against the Sea Lions at 2 p.m.
Written by Dan Anderson
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