SOU Tournament Recap
Simpson University Sports News
MEDFORD, Ore. - The Simpson University women's softball team played twice on Thursday, Feb. 23, as they began their participation in the Southern Oregon University Tournament. The Red Hawks opened against the host Raiders of Southern Oregon University; they lost 4-3. Simpson finished the day,s play against defending national champion Oregon Tech, who defeated the Red Hawks 12-4.
The Red Hawks opened the day in a close game against SOU. Southern Oregon took the lead in the second inning, but Simpson rebounded and scored one run in the fourth inning and two in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead into the seventh. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks allowed three runs in the seventh, and the Raiders held on to the narrow 4-3 victory. Red Hawk starter Morgan Davis allowed just three runs in six innings. Reliever Trinity Cuff recorded the loss, giving up one run in her inning of work. Jordyn Kurtz received the win. She went the distance, allowing three runs (one earned) and giving up 10 hits.
The second game started out promising, with the Red Hawks jumping out to an early 3-1 lead after the first inning. Morgan Davis opened the game with a double and scored when Brooke Quaife hit a ground-rule double. Corinne Alexander hit a bunt single, scoring Jillian Goulart. Quaife scored later in the inning to give the Red Hawks their third run. It didn't take long for the Owls to answer, as they put up five runs in the top of the second inning. Their run was sparked by Kayde Schaefer, who hit a two-run home run. Red Hawk starter Hayley Rodriguez struggled, allowing 11 runs on 13 hits in 4.1 innings of work; she recorded the loss. Owls' Taylor Schmidt earns the win going four innings allowing just three runs on three hits. Quaife was an impressive 4-for-6 from the plate on the day.
The two losses puts the Red Hawks' record at 6-6 on the season. They will be in action on Friday, Feb. 24, against Concordia University-Portland at 3 p.m. and OIT at 5 p.m.
Written by Dan Anderson
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