Red Hawks sweep two-game series against Bulldogs

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - On Tuesday, March 12, the Simpson University women's softball team (11-8 overall) hosted the Concordia University Bulldogs (2-5 overall) in a competitive back-to-back battle, ending in two Red Hawk victories (4-2 and 8-0).

In the first game, Emily Stokes was the starting pitcher for the Red Hawks and had a hot first inning. With the two first outs being strikeouts, Stokes ended the inning with a total of 16 strikes.

The score remained 0-0 until Marisa Marmolejo stepped up to bat. With Cherie DeJesus on base, Marmolejo hit a single to send DeJesus home, allowing the Red Hawks to take a 1-0 lead.

After an out by a diving catch from Simpson center fielder, Nicole Hutchins, in the third inning, the Red Hawks picked up the intensity. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Red Hawks took a 4-0 lead. Chelsea Dunn hit a double to send Morgan Davis home and Aleisha Brown to third. Kara Wall and Ryan Norton each recorded an RBI with Brown and Dunn scoring.

The Bulldogs made a good effort for a comeback when Simpson switched pitchers. Freshman Carlye Avey replaced Stokes on the mound. Even though she gave up two runs, the Red Hawks held the lead for the rest of the game. Molly Madsen and Liz Maxwell from Concordia scored in the top of the sixth inning. Clarissa Beving made her way to home plate, too, but she was tagged out from a throw from center field, giving the Red Hawks a 4-2 victory.

In the second game, Katie Bell started as pitcher for the Red Hawks. She forced batters to hit ground balls, so the game remained 0-0 until the second inning of play. In the second inning, Brown hit a single, sending Davis home and earning her first RBI of the day. In the third inning, Dunn hit a two-run home run over the right-center field fence, making the score 4-0 in the bottom of the third.

As the game carried on, the Bulldogs became lazy and a sneaky Hutchins almost stole her way to home plate off of Concordia errors. She eventually scored and her run brought the Red Hawks’ lead to 5-0.

The seventh inning started off with Hutchins and freshman Taylor Hill each hitting a single. Dunn grounded out, and Hutchins scored and Hill advanced to third base to make the score 6-0. Hill scored on a Jodie Richard’s single. With Marmolejo pinch running for Richards, freshman Julissa Castellanos singled to center, sending Marmolejo to home plate and securing the Red Hawks second victory 8-0.

Simpson next games are in Rocklin, Calif., on Saturday, March 15, against rival William Jessup University at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.


Written by Nichole Jones

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