Simpson splits first conference doubleheader with Holy Names
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University women's softball team split a doubleheader with the visiting Hawks from Holy Names on Monday, April 2. The Red Hawks eased to victory in game one winning 8-2 before dropping game two 6-4.
Hayley Rodriguez was on the mound for the Red Hawks in game one, taking on Val Grijalva. The Red Hawks scored twice in the first inning, when Morgan Davis scored on a wild pitch and Chelsea Dunn singled to score Aleisha Brown to give the Red Hawks a 2-0 lead. Grijalva helped her own cause in the third, when she hit a solo home run to cut the Red Hawks’ lead in half. The Red Hawks came back with a run of their own, when Brooke Quaife scored on Nicki Feuerbach's sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 after three innings. Holy Names scored a run in the top of the fourth, before the Red Hawks added five in the inning putting the game out of reach. The inning was highlighted by a Quaife two-RBI double. The Red Hawks held on to that lead and won 8-2. Rodriguez earned the win, pitching a complete game and allowing just two runs on four hits. Grijalva was hit with the loss, giving up eight runs on 10 hits. Dunn was 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Quaife was 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
In game two, the Red Hawks sent Davis to the mound to take on Holy Names' starter Nicole Ochoa. Holy Names scored one run in the second inning, but the Red Hawks took the lead when Dunn hit a two-RBI single. The Red Hawks added another run in the fourth, and Holy Names scored twice in the top of the fifth to make it a 3-3 game. In the bottom of the fifth, Corinne Alexander hit a solo homer to take back the lead 4-3. Holy Names didn’t waste any time as they dealt the eventual final blow in the sixth inning, scoring three times to win 6-4. Trinity Cuff was hit with the loss for the Red Hawks, giving up two runs on one hit in 2/3 of an inning. Reigning Cal Pac pitcher of the week Stephani Fairclough earned the win, giving up just one run on one hit in three innings of work. Davis and Quaife both went 2-for-4, while Dunn went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a walk.
The Red Hawks’ record is now 14-20 overall and 1-1 in the Cal Pac. They will finish the three-game series on Tuesday, April 3, with one against the Hawks starting at noon.
Written by Dan Anderson
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