Red Hawks Earn Come-From-Behind Victory Against Cedarville University
Simpson University Sports News
TROUTVILLE, Va. - The No. 2 Simpson University softball team was in action in the first round of the 2015 NCCAA Softball World Series at the Botetourt Sports Complex in Troutville, Va., on May 13. The Red Hawks opened up the tournament with an 8-6 win against the No. 10 Cedarville University Yellow Jackets.
The Red Hawks scored twice in the first inning when the second batter of the game Aleisha Brown hit a solo home run which was followed by a Courtney Thomas RBI double. The Red Hawks extended their lead in the second inning when Kaylana Mah walked with the bases loaded to bring in Amanda Laughlin to make it 3-0 after two innings.
The Yellow Jackets scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning when Nicole Davis hit a two-run homerun to pull within a run. The Red Hawks took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the frame when Taylor Hill reached home off a Mah RBI single.
In the top of the fifth, Cedarville loaded the bases for Davis, who hit a grand slam to score four runs for the Yellow Jackets, and took a 6-4 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Thomas hit a solo home run to pull the Red Hawks back within one (6-5).
The Yellow Jackets were held scoreless in the top of the sixth, and the Red Hawks regained the lead by scoring three times in in the bottom half of the inning. Brown's RBI double got things started by scoring Laughlin and was followed by RBI singles from Mah and Thomas to give the Red Hawks a 8-6 lead.
The Yellow Jackets were unable to score in the top of the seventh, and the Red Hawks were able to hold on for the come-from-behind win.
Paris Hallums was the winning pitcher for the Red Hawks, pitching seven innings and allowing six runs on five hits with six strikeouts. Cece Gummel was the loser for the Yellow Jackets, giving up eight runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings.
The Red Hawks will now turn their focus to the No. 3 Lee University Flames, who they face on May 14 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST.
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