Red Hawks lose close game to CU-Irvine
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University women's softball team finished up a busy weekend playing the Eagles from Concordia University-Irvine. The Red Hawks were scheduled to play a two-game series on Sunday, Feb. 12, but game two was halted due to rain. The Eagles won game one 13-11, and then the rains came, halting the second game after three innings. The Eagles were leading the Red Hawks 7-4.
In game one, the Eagles scored one run in the top half of the first, and then the Red Hawks exploded for seven runs in the bottom half of the inning. Their scoring streak was sparked by Morgan Davis, who sent the first pitch she saw over the outfield fence. Eagle starter Katie Cotta only got through a third of an inning. She allowed five runs on four hits.
The Eagles came back with four in the third inning before the Red Hawks would add one in the fifth and three in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 11-7 in favor of the Red Hawks heading into the seventh inning. Red Hawks starter Hayley Rodriguez got into some trouble in the seventh inning as the Eagles scored six runs to give the Eagles the lead for the first time in the game. The Red Hawks could not mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh and the Eagles earned the victory.
Rodriguez received the loss, as she allowed 13 runs (nine earned) on 14 hits. She threw 160 pitches in 6 2/3 innings. Jennifer Simons earned the win for the Eagles, as she allowed six runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Brooke Quaife led the offense for the Red Hawks going 3-for-4 including a three-run home run. Nicki Feuerbach went 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored twice, while Davis finished 3-for-4 with an RBI in the loss for the Red Hawks.
As for the second game, they will pick it up in the top of the fourth inning when the Red Hawks travel to Irvine to play the Eagles on Feb. 29.
The Red Hawks’ record is now 6-4 on the season. They will have a 10-day break before traveling to Ashland, Ore., to take part in the Southern Oregon University tournament. The Red Hawks will play six times in three days starting on Thursday, Feb. 23.
Written by Dan Anderson
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