Simpson splits home doubleheader with William Jessup
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University women's softball team hosted the Warriors from William Jessup University in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 13. The Red Hawks and the Warriors split the series, with Simpson winning game one 4-3 win and Jessup winning game two 11-8.
Game on started quickly, when Jessup’s Samantha Futrell hit a double to center field. Brittany Lamar singled to right field, allowing Futrell to score and giving Lamar the first RBI of the game. Simpson fought back, as third baseman Noel Montes and second baseman Cherie DeJesus both got on base in the first inning. Junior Jodie Richards earned two RBIs, when her single down the left field line scored Montes and DeJesus. The first inning ended with Simpson leading 2-1.
In the second inning Simpson took a 3-1 lead, when center fielder Nicole Hutchins scored on a bunt from shortstop Morgan Davis. The Red Haws increased their lead to 4-1in the bottom of the sixth inning, when first baseman Chelsea Dunn reached home on a Warrior error.
Jessup tried to make made a comeback in the seventh inning by scoring two runs, but Simpson was able to hold on and came away with the 4-3 victory. Senior Haley Rodriquez pitched a complete game for the Red Hawks and struck out four batters.
Game two remained scoreless until the top of the third inning, when Jessup scored six runs to take the lead 6-0. The Red Hawks answered back in the fifth inning by scoring six runs and tying the game at 6-6.
Both teams were unable to score in the seventh, so the game went into extra innings. By the 10th inning, both teams had scored twice and the game remained tied, now at 8-8. The Warriors finally ended the game in the 11th inning by scoring three runs which the Red Hawks had no answer for.
The Simpson softball team now has an overall record of 28-20 and a 6-4 record in the California Pacific Conference, giving them first place in conference play. Jessup is in second place with a Cal Pac record of 5-5, and Menlo College is third in conference play with a record of 4-6.
The Red Hawks will look to bounce back against Menlo College on Sunday, April 14.
Written by Nichole Jones
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.