Simpson sweeps doubleheader from No. 1 Concordia, advances in NAIA
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The No. 17 Simpson University women’s softball team swept a doubleheader from No. 1 Concordia (CA) on the Eagles' field to advance to the NAIA World Series for the second time in school history. The Red Hawks won the first game 9-7, then captured the "if necessary" game by a 7-2 score, ending the NAIA World Series hopes of the defending national champions.
Simpson posted four wins over nationally ranked teams to advance, defeating No. 23 Concordia of Oregon twice, dropping a 9-inning 3-1 decision to the host Concordia (CA), before scoring 16 runs against the Eagles today.
The Red Hawks trailed 4-1 after the first inning of game one after CU hit a pair of two-run homers off Cal Pac Pitcher of the Year Paris Hallums. Hallums went the distance for the second day in a row for the win.
Simpson rallied back in the second with five runs, fueled by a grand slam by Cherie DeJesus, her second of the tournament. She was 4-for-8 with six RBI in the doubleheader and knocked in 12 runs in the tournament.
CU fought back to tie the game, but Simpson added two runs in the fifth to take the lead for good. Kara Wall reached on an error and was replaced by pinch runner Missy Silveria. She scored all the way from first on a triple down the third base line by Chelsea Dunn. Dunn then trotted home off a double by Shayley Madruga.
Simpson added an important insurance run when Wall homered in the top of the seventh.
The nine runs scored were the most allowed by Concordia this season (March 20, Azusa Pacific).
Concordia, batting as the visiting team in the second game, scored an early run in the first. Then Simpson fought back with a four-run third fueled by some timely hitting and some fielding problems.
With one out, Kaylana Mah, Ryan Norton, and DeJesus strung together consecutive hits, with Mah scoring on DeJesus' double to left. After an intentional walk to Wall loaded the bases, Courtney Thomas grounded out to second, but two infield throwing errors cleared the bases and plated three runs.
Mah also slugged a two-run homer in the sixth to extend the score to its final 7-2 count.
Carlye Avey scattered seven hits while allowing two runs for the win.
Simpson improves to 39-7 and advances to the NAIA World Series on May 23-29. Concordia, which lost consecutive games for the first time all season, ends its NAIA national title hopes with 50-7 record.
Monday, May 12
- Game 1 - No. 2 Simpson (Calif.) vs. No. 3 Concordia (Ore.): Simpson wins 5-4
- Game 2 - No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) vs. No. 4 St. Thomas (Fla.): Concordia wins 5-1
Tuesday, May 13
- Game 3 - No. 2 Simpson vs. No 1 Concordia (Calif.) @ 10:30 a.m.: Simpson loses 3-1
- Game 4 - No. 3 Concordia (Ore.) vs. No. 4 St. Thomas (Fla.) @ 1 p.m.: Concordia wins 5-0
- Game 5 - Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner @ 3:30 p.m.: Simpson wins 6-4
Wednesday, May 14
- Game 6 - No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) vs. No. 2 Simpson @ 12 p.m.: Simpson wins 9-7
- Game 7 (If Necessary) - Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser @ 3 p.m.: Simpson wins 7-2
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.