Vanvleet deals, Guessford is clutch in DH sweep at Coe


by Brock Borgeson, Sports Editor

Game 1: Simpson 3, Coe 0

WP: Vanvleet (11-2)

LP: Weeces (5-3)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Abbie Vanvleet pitched a one-hitter, allowing only four base runners while going 1-2 with an RBI as Simpson blanked Coe 3-0 in game one.

Vanvleet (11-2) didn’t allow a hit until Coe’s Maddie Ryan singled with nobody out in the sixth, putting runners at first and second with nobody out after an inning opening error by third baseman Taylor Davis.

The senior right hander remained calm, retiring the next three batters in order on a pair of fly outs and a pop out to earn the shutout.

Vanvleet helped her own cause, breaking a 0-0 tie in the top of the fourth with an RBI double down the left field line, plating Davis.

An RBI double from Arianna Kim and a Davis RBI single provided two insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

Vanvleet struck out three, walked two and improved her ERA to 1.79.

Game 2: Simpson 5, Coe 4

WP: Vanvleet (12-2)

LP: Olson (4-1)

Down 4-3 in the top of the seventh, Rachel Guessford hit the eventual game-winning two-run home run to put Simpson up 5-4.

Vanvleet (12-2) came on in relief in game two and picked up her second win of the day. Coe (17-7, 1-5) nearly struck back in the seventh, getting runners on first and second before Vanvleet coaxed a game-ending lineout to strand two.

Riley Fisher started and held a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth before Coe scored three to take a 4-3 advantage. She would take the no-decision, fanning four and walking three as her ERA sits at an impressive 1.96. Fisher also went 3-3 at the dish.

Tori Haag also homered, hitting her sixth of the year to put Simpson ahead 2-1 in the top of the third.

Simpson now has 27 home runs on the season, 13 more than the second-highest home run total in the Iowa Conference as of Wednesday, Apr. 13.

This weekend

Simpson looks for their fifth and sixth straight wins at Loras this Saturday. First pitch is at 1 p.m.