Baseball goes 1-3 to close out trip

by Brock Borgeson, sports editor

TUCSON, Ariz – 67 runs were scored between the Simpson College baseball team and their opponents in the final four games in Tucson as the Storm went 1-3, finishing out the trip 2-5.

 Mar. 11: Game 1 – Wesleyan 6, Simpson 4

Simpson got four runs in three innings to knock Wesleyan University starting pitcher, Asner Young, from the bump, although two home runs powered the Cardinals past Simpson, 6-4 Wednesday.

The Storm split against this Wesleyan team last spring who came within a game of the NCAA Division III Championship, making them a formidable team once again in 2015.

Doubles by Gage Reis and Devan Wicks tied the game at 3-3 in the third inning, although a 2HR by Guy Davidson put Wesleyan back up 5-3.

A Jake Esdohr RBI single drove in Jake Scieszinski who went 4-4 on the day, bringing Simpson within 5-4 in the top of the fourth.

The scoring ended in the bottom of the seventh when Sam Goodwin-Boyd put a homerun over the center field wall to give the Cardinals a 6-4 cushion.

Nick Miceli, who was behind the plate for the first eight innings, earned the save as Peter Rantz got the win in relief, pitching four shutout innings.

Gage Reis fell to 0-1 on the season, giving up six earned in seven innings of work.

Taylor Harmon went 2-4 as did Wicks, both recording doubles in the loss.

Mar. 11: Game 2 – Cornell 14, Simpson 4

Cornell College scored eight runs in the first inning, pounding out 23 hits on the day on their way to game-shortened, 14-4 win over the Storm.

Matt Pennings dropped to 0-2 on the season, giving up six earned in five innings.

Kevin Stammer pitched five innings, allowing two runs to earn the win for the Rams.

Reis continued his hot spring trip, going 2-4 with 3 RBI in the loss, hitting a 2HR to left in the top of the seventh inning.

Mar. 12: Game 1 – Simpson 13, Minot State 8

Simpson scored in six innings, tallying 18 hits as they knocked off Division II Minot State University, 13-8 in the first game on Thursday.

Reis tied a school record, five hits, going 5-5 as Jake Scieszinski earned the win, allowing six earned runs in six innings, working through three Beaver homeruns for the win.

Jonathan Greiner hit a bases clearing, 3-run double in the first inning to get Simpson out 3-0.

Keegan Branin and Esdohr both had an RBI in the top of the 5th to extend Simpson’s lead to 7-2,

Austin Burlin, who went 3-4 on the day, drove in Jeremy Roehrick with an RBI single in the top of the 6th as Simpson held an 8-2 going into the bottom of half of the inning.

Minot State responded with two-2HR to cut the lead to one at 8-7.

Roehrick drove in two on a two-out RBI double, followed by a two-run single by Smith in the top of the seventh as Simpson finally put the game out of reach.

A combination of Daultan Gibson, Tyler Lester and Brock Borgeson closed out the final three innings, giving up only one unearned run as Simpson came away with the 13-8 win.

Mar. 12 – Carroll 13, Simpson 5

Simpson (2-5) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, although Carroll University, although the Pioneers responded with nine in the third on their way to a 13-5 win.

Zeb Noel struck out the side in the second, but hit a wall in the third, giving up five earned in 4 1/3 innings on 11 hits.

Tyler Robers was able to scatter 14 hits in seven innings of work to earn the win.

Esdohr went 4-5 on the day as four other Storm players had a multi-hit game.

Reis finished the day going 7-8 with three BB.

In Iowa:

Simpson will come back to Iowa for a 4 p.m. matchup with AIB College of Business at Simpson on Wednesday.

Baseball will then head to Dubuque for a weekend series with Loras College on Mar. 20.