Simpson goes 2-0 on day one of Southern Oregon Tournament
Simpson University Sports News
ASHLAND, Ore. - The Simpson University women's softball team was in action on Friday, Feb. 22, in the Southern Oregon University Tournament. They took part in two games and won both. In game one, they defeated the Cavaliers from Concordia University 9-8, and in game two they beat the host Raiders from Southern Oregon University 13-6.
In game one, the Red Hawks sent Carlye Avey to the mound to take on Danille Orvella for the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers scored three runs in the top of the first before the Red Hawks responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning on a Jodie Richards two-RBI double. The Cavaliers scored three more runs in the second to knock Avey out of the game Katie Bell came in as the relief pitcher for the Red Hawks. The Red Hawks knocked Orvella out of the game by scored three runs in the bottom of the second. Aleisha Brown singled to score Chelsea Espinosa, and then Chelsea Dunn doubled to center to score two more to make the score 6-5 Cavaliers after two innings. The Cavaliers continued to score, as they added two more runs in the top of the third. The Red Hawks responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, when Noel Montes scored on a Morgan Davis sacrifice fly. The top of the fourth, the Red Hawks finally stopped the Cavaliers from scoring and grabbed the lead in the bottom of the fourth by scoring three times on a Richards three-RBI home run to make it 9-8 Red Hawks. Surprisingly, those would be the last runs scored in the game and the Red Hawks held on for the win.
Bell earned the win for the Red Hawks, pitching 5.2 innings in relief and allowing two runs (0 earned) on four hits. McKenzie Marshall got the loss for Concordia, allowing four runs on six hits in three innings.
In game two, the Red Hawks started Emily Stokes against Karlie Stephens of the Raiders. The Red Hawks struck early, scoring seven times in the bottom of the first inning. Kara Wall got the scoring started on a triple down the right field line to score Dunn, Brown and Davis. Richards continued her good day with a RBI single to score Wall. Espinosa doubled to right, scoring Cherie DeJesus and Richards, before Davis capped off the scoring in the inning when her single scored Espinosa. The Raiders showed signs of life in the second, scoring twice. The Red Hawks scored two runs in the bottom of the second, when Richards singled to right to score Dunn and then Wall scored on a passed ball to make it 9-2 after two innings. The Raiders added another in the top of the third. The Red Hawks once again responded and scored twice in the bottom of the frame on a Brown home run which also scored Davis. In the top of the fourth, the Raiders scored one, but the Red Hawks DeJesus scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the inning to make it 12-4. The Raiders then scored two more in the top of the fifth, and the Red Hawks went scoreless in the bottom of the inning. Then in the bottom of the sixth, the Red Hawks finished the scoring with a Davis double to score Montes. The Red Hawks would hold onto that lead and win 13-6.
Stokes earned the win for the Red Hawks, going seven innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits with 12 strikeouts. Stephens got the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits in one inning of work. Davis went 3-for-4 with two RBI, Brown went 2-for-4 with two RBI, Dunn went 2-for-4, Wall went 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Richards went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Montes was 0-for-1 with three walks, and Espinosa went 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Written by Dan Anderson
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