Simpson sweeps three-game series against Menlo
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University women's softball team took on Menlo College on Tuesday, April 10, in a doubleheader at Big League Dreams in Redding. The Red Hawks won both games, completing the three-game sweep of the Oaks. They won game one 12-3 (five innings) and game two 6-5.
Whitney McCain took the mound for the Red Hawks for her first start of the season. She pitched against Mikayela Viramontes, who started for the Oaks. Chelsea Dunn got the scoring started for the Red Hawks in the first inning, when she doubled to score Morgan Davis and Aleisha Brown. Brooke Quaife and Dunn scored later in the inning on a fielding error; Nicki Feuerbach on a Shayley Madruga ground out to make it 5-0 Red Hawks after one inning. The Red Hawks added another run in the second, when Corinne Alexander walked with the bases loaded to score Quaife. The Oaks score one in the third inning, which the Red Hawks answered with one of their own in the bottom of the inning. Simpson extended their lead with two runs in the fourth to make it 9-1. The Oaks scored twice in the top of the fifth keeping, them within eight runs and keeping the game alive. However, Madruga hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to end the game 12-3. McCain earned the win for the Red Hawks, allowing three runs on two hits in five innings of work. She also had six strikeouts. Viramontes got the loss, allowing 12 runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings. Dunn went 2-for-4 with two RBI; Chelsea Espinosa went 2-for-2 with two runs scored; and Madruga was 1-for-4 with five RBI.
Game two was much closer. Trinity Cuff of the Red Hawks pitched against Tricia Davidson for the Oaks. The Oaks struck first in game, scoring twice in the first inning. Davis scored for the Red Hawks on a Jillian Goulart sacrifice fly. Simpson scored four times in the bottom of the second, highlighted by back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles from Davis, Goulart and Quaife to give the Red Hawks a 5-2 lead. Menlo fought back with a run in the third and two in the fourth to tie it up at 5. Dunn dealt the final blow in the sixth inning, when she doubled and then scored on back-to-back passed balls. The Red Hawks were able hold on for the 6-5 win. Hayley Rodriguez came in late and earned the win in relief, going 2.1 innings and allowing no hits and no runs. Davidson was hit with the loss, giving up six runs on eight hits in six innings of work. Goulart was 1-for-1 with two RBI and Davis went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Red Hawks improve their season record to 20-21 and 7-2 in the Cal Pac, sending them to the top of the Cal Pac standings. Simpson travels to Oakland to take on the Hawks from Holy Names in a three-game series beginning on Saturday, April 14, with a doubleheader starting at noon.
Written by Dan Anderson
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.