Simpson starts SoCal road trip with wins over La Sierra
Simpson University Sports News
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Simpson University women's softball team started a lengthy road Southern California trip on Sunday, March 24. They will play 16 games over a period of 10 days. The road trip kicked off with a doubleheader against the Golden Eagles from La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif. The Lady Red Hawks won game one 5-2 and won game two 9-3.
In game one, the Red Hawks sent Caryle Avey to the pitch against Aleena Bahling for the Golden Eagles. The Red Hawks got on the board first by scoring twice in the third inning. Nicole Hutchins scored on a bobble by the Golden Eagle first baseman, and then Chelsea Dunn doubled to score Morgan Davis. The Golden Eagles scored twice in the bottom half of the third to the game up at 2-2. The Red Hawks took back the lead in the seventh inning, when Hutchins hit a three-RBI triple, which score Aleisha Brown, Marisa Marmolejo and Ryan Norton to make it 5-2 Red Hawks. The Golden Eagles couldn't respond in the bottom of the seventh, and the Red Hawks won 5-2. Emily Stokes earned the win in relief for the Red Hawks, allowing no hits and no runs in 1.2 innings of work. Bahling got the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits in seven innings. Hutchins finished the game 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored.
In game two, Red Hawk Katie Bell pitched against Joselyn Salazar for the Golden Eagles. This time the Red Hawks didn’t waste any time getting on the board; they scored five in the top of the first. Norton singled to score Davis, Julissa Castellanos' sacrifice fly scored Noel Montes, Jodie Richards scored on an error, and Norton and Marmolejo scored on a Cierra Hammons’ two-RBI double. The Golden Eagles cut into the Red Hawk lead, scoring twice in the second inning and once in the third inning to make it 5-3 Red Hawks. The Red Hawks would then remove all doubt, when they scored four runs in the fourth inning. Davis scored on a Richards’ walk and then Norton tripled with the bases loaded to score Montes, Darby Sanchez and Chelsea Espinosa to make it 9-3, which would be the final score. Bell earned the win for the Red Hawks, allowing three runs on 11 hits in seven innings. Salazar got the loss, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits in 3.1 innings. Montes went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Norton was 3-for-4 with a run scored and four RBI. Hammons accounted for two RBI and went 2-for-4 on the day.
The Red Hawks continue their road trip in a doubleheader against Hope International University on Monday, March 25 at 2 p.m.
Written by Dan Anderson
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