Red Hawks beat PLNU for first win

Simpson University Sports News


SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Red Hawks' men's baseball team had their sights set on their first win of the season as they finished off a two game series against the Sea Lions from Point Loma Nazarene University on Thursday, Jan. 26. The Red Hawks were able to secure an 8-3 win after an outstanding pitching performance from senior right-handed pitcher Matthew Hart.

Hart made his season debut for the Red Hawks with Tyler Garkow toeing the rubber for the Sea Lions.

The Red Hawks didn’t waste any time as they took the lead in the top half of the first on a Matthew Alton RBI single. They never relinquished the lead. They added two more runs in the third. A throwing error by the Sea Lions allowed Joshua Corson to score, and a Garrett Barnett double brought home Angel Marti. The Red Hawks scored two more in the fifth and eighth innings, and their final run came in the ninth inning.

The real story of the game for the Red Hawk was Hart, who allowed only one hit through eight innings. The Sea Lions surged late when they scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth. It wasn’t enough, however, to overtake the Red Hawks. Hart went the distance allowing five hits and three runs. Hart was also backed by some outstanding infield play form the Red Hawks, who did not commit any errors on the day. As for the Sea Lions, it was a different story because they committed five errors on the afternoon.

Alton continued his hot start from the plate with two more hits and a RBI. Corson went 2-for-4 and scored twice. Barnett was 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored in the winning effort.

Hart (1-0) earned the win and pitched a complete game for the Red Hawks. Garkow (0-1) got through 4.1 innings and allowed five hits and four runs in the loss.

The win gives the Red Hawks a 1-2 record on the young season. They will continue their road trip on Friday, Jan. 27 when they travel to Santa Clarita, Calif., to take on The Master’s College Mustangs in game one of a two game series. The first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.


Written by Dan Anderson

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