The Simpson softball and men’s tennis teams were the only two in action on a cold weekend.
Softball hit seven home runs, outscoring Iowa Wesleyan 38-4 in a doubleheader sweep on Saturday while the men’s tennis team improved to 9-5 on the season with a 2-1 weekend.
Saturday, Mar. 19 vs. Iowa Wesleyan
Game 1: W – Simpson 17, Iowa Wesleyan 2
Besides an Iowa Wesleyan (3-7) two-run first inning and some flurries of snow, the Simpson softball team was in complete control.
The Storm scored eight runs in the bottom of the first and nine in the bottom of the fourth inning behind two home runs from Rachel Guessford and one from Tori Haag.
Abbie Vanvleet improved to a stellar 8-1, striking out eight and walking one in the win.
Game 2: W – Simpson 21, Iowa Wesleyan 2
Snow falls came again in game two but so did the long ball as Simpson (19-4) homered four times on its way to the third most runs in a game in school history and most since 2008 according to Simpson College sports information.
The Storm would score 15 runs in a marathon fourth inning that featured 20 plate appearances, a grand slam from Haag and a three-run home run from Brianna Chaplin.
Not to be lost in the offensive onslaught was Riley Fisher who improved to 9-0 behind five innings of two-run ball. She struck out six.
The Storm are off until Apr. 1 when they host UW-Lacrosse in a doubleheader.
Saturday, Mar. 19 @ Galesburg, Ill.
L – Webster 6, Simpson 3
W – Simpson 6, Wis. Lutheran 3
Simpson fell in its first match of the weekend but recovered by defeating Wis. Lutheran, getting out to a 3-0 lead after doubles competition before winning at No. 2, 4 and 6 in singles to put the match away.
Sunday, Mar. 20 @ Rockford, Ill.
W – Simpson 7, Marian (Wis.) 2
The Storm (9-5) made their second trip to Rockford, Ill. in 2016 and they experienced a similar result to their 9-0 win on Feb. 28, winning 7-2 over Marian (Wis.).
Simpson got ahead 2-1 after doubles play and quickly iced the game after getting ahead 5-1.
Men’s tennis won’t play again until hosting Wartburg and Northwestern (Minn.) on Apr. 2.