Simpson splits home series with OIT
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University women's softball team took on the Owls from Oregon Tech on Saturday, March 10, splitting the two-game series. Game one went to the Owls 7-3, and the Red Hawks bounced back to take the second game 6-5.
In game one, Hayley Rodriguez pitched against Taylor Schmidt. It didn't take long for the Owls to get on the scoreboard, as the scored three times in the top of the first. They scored another run in the third inning and three more runs in the sixth to make the score 7-0. The Red Hawks came back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring twice. They scored another run in the seventh, but the Red Hawks fell 7-3. Rodriguez got the loss, allowing seven runs over seven innings of work on 15 hits. Schmidt went six innings, allowing one run on four hits and earning the win. Morgan Davis went 2-for-4 with a run; Brooke Quaife went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Valerie Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a RBI in the loss.
Davis was the starter in game two for the Red Hawks, taking on Morgan Barnes. In this game, the Red Hawks’ offense started going early, as they scored twice in the bottom of the second. Corrine Alexander and Paige Gomez both scored on a throwing error. The Owls came back to tie the game in the third inning. The Red Hawks added two more in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead, when Alexander hit a two-run home run. The Owls tied the game again in the fifth. Then in the seventh inning, the Owls took their first lead of the game at 5-4. The Red Hawks fought back when Jillian Goulart's RBI triple scored Niki Feuerbach to tie the score at five. Then with the bases loaded and two outs, Nicole Hutchins stepped to plate and singled over the head of the Owls’ third baseman to walk off with the win for the Red Hawks 6-5. Davis earned the win, pitching a complete game and allowing five runs on 10 hits. Schmidt earned the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in 2.2 innings of relief pitching. Alexander was 3-for-3 with two RBI and scored twice in the win for the Red Hawks.
With the split, the Red Hawks now are 13-19 on the season. They travel to Rocklin on Friday, March 16 to take on the Warriors from William Jessup University, starting a 3 game series with first pitch scheduled at 1 p.m.
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