Simpson goes 1-1 on day one of NCCAA National Tourney
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University women's softball team was in action on Thursday, May 9, in the first and second rounds of the NCCAA Women's Softball National Championship being held at the Botetourt Sports Complex in Virginia.
The No. 3 Red Hawks opened play against the No. 6 Union University Bulldogs from Jackson, Tenn. The Red Hawks sent Hayley Rodriguez to pitch against Kelly Robey. Rodriguez started the game well, allowing no hits in the first. Red Hawk senior Morgan Davis led off the bottom half of the frame with a single. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks stranded Davis, sending the game tied at zero into the second inning. The score remained tied until the top of third, when Union took a 1-0 lead. Tobi Joy singled to left, and Shelby Lamb doubled to score Joy. The Red Hawks almost rallied in the fourth inning, when Chelsea Dunn and Kara Wall both got hits but neither scored. The Bulldogs maintained their lead going into the seventh, when the Red Hawks put together another threatening situation. Simpson got Taylor Hill and Ryan Norton on third and second base with only one out. Robey then struck out Jodie Richards and Aleisha Brown to end the game. Robey was outstanding, going the full seven innings, allowing no runs on six hits, and striking out seven in the win. Rodriguez went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts.
The loss set up a match-up against the No. 9 Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles from Bartlesville, Okla., who were dealt a 2-1 (12 innings) loss earlier in the day against the No. 8 Cambellsville University Tigers from Cambellsville, Ky. The Red Hawks rebounded in a big way, with Emily Stokes taking the ball for the Red Hawks against Kim Billie for the Eagles. Stokes sat down the Eagles in order in the top of the first, and the Simpson found their offense scoring twice in the bottom of the inning. Davis score on a Dunn single to center, and then Dunn scored on a Richards’ double. In the second, Stokes again handled the Eagles without much trouble and the Red Hawks scored three in the bottom of the inning. Brown scored on a Davis single to right, and Cherie DeJesus singled to score Norton and Dunn to give the Red Hawks a 5-0 lead after two innings. Wall accounted for three more runs in the bottom of the fourth, when she hit a three-run home run scoring Davis and Norton making it 8-0 Simpson. Stokes got into a little trouble in the top of the fifth inning, when she walked two batters and then threw a wild pitch to put runners on second and third base. Brittany Stevernot then scored for the Eagles on a fielder’s choice before Stokes got out of the inning with her no-hit bid still intact. Stokes only allowed one more base runner in the game, who reached on an error, and finished the game with the no-hitter and the important 8-1 win. She went seven innings and struck out 12 in the no-hitter win. Wall was 1-for-3 with three RBIs, Dunn was 3-for-4 with a RBI, and Brown was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
With the win, the Red Hawks advance to the next round to take on the No. 10 Trevecca Trojans 10amET/7amPT on Friday, May 10.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.