SU opens conference play with losses to College of Idaho
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Red Hawks' men's baseball team was at home this weekend and hosted the Yotes from the College of Idaho in a four game series. On Saturday, March 2, the Yotes won the first two games of the series, winning 5-2 and 13-5.
In game one, the Red Hawks sent Joshua Graves to the mound to take on Yotes’ starter Taylor Nicholson. Both pitchers started out strong, surrendering just a few hits and no runs in the early going. The Red Hawks finally got a breakthrough in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Jonathan Ruiz singled to left to score Dylan Mumford. The Red Hawks doubled their lead two batters later, when Richard Asdourian singled to center field to score Alex Lee to put the Red Hawks up 2-0. The Yotes answered back in the top of the sixth inning with two runs, when Seth Champlin got an RBI single and Sam Johnston scored on a fielder's choice to tie the game. The Yotes doubled their score and took the lead for the first time in the game in the eighth inning on another Champlin RBI single. Champlin then scored on a Nick Muncy single to make it 4-2 Yotes. The Yotes scored one run in the top of the ninth, when Tom Lamue singled to make it 5-2 Yotes, which would hold up for the final score.
Champlin finished the game 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored for the Yotes.
Graves went seven-and-one-third innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits and taking the loss. Nicholson earned the win, going the full nine innings and allowing 10 hits on two runs.
In game two, the Red Hawks sent Andrew Hatfield to the mound against Ryan Eddy of the Yotes. This time the Yotes offense was locked in from the get go, scoring twice in the first inning and scoring once in each of the second, third and fourth innings to take a 5-0 lead. The Red Hawks scored a run in the bottom of the fourth, when Asdourian tripled to score Joshua Hooley. The Yotes put the game out of reach in the top of the eighth, when they scored eight times to take a 13-1 lead. The Red Hawks tried to rally back but could only manage four more runs in the bottom of the eighth. The runs came from a Tyler Provost RBI single, Asdourian and Lee scored on a error and Provost would score on a Cameron Cole sacrifice fly and the Red Hawks would fall 13-6.
Hatfield was saddled with the loss, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits in seven innings of work. George Casper earned the win in relief for the Yotes.
Written by Dan Anderson
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