Oregon Tech Settles for Split at Simpson
Jess Plummer drove in six runs in doubleheader split. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
REDDING, Calif. – Top-rated Oregon Tech (17-3) recorded 15 hits in a 7-3 game 1 win, while Simpson came away with the winning run in the bottom of the last inning to take the nightcap 6-5, as the Owls split a non-conference doubleheader at Simpson University.
Oregon Tech opened the first inning with three runs, while a Janelle Cromie blast to left field in the third inning gave Tech a 4-0 lead after three innings.
With runners on first and second, Jess Plummer drove in the game’s first run on a single, while Taylor Schmidt followed with another RBI single. Sarah Coates drove in Tech’s third run of the inning on a double that put the Owls in the early lead.
The Owls would eventually lead 7-0 after five complete with another three-run inning. With two outs in the sixth, Jess Plummer drove in her third run with a double to plate Ashleigh Larson and Elise Goodell who earlier singled. Cromie followed with a double, her second extra base hit of the game, plating Tech’s final run.
Simpson rallied back with a pair of runs in their half of the sixth and tacked on a single run in the seventh, as the Owls took game 1, 7-3.
Simpson moved up 2-0 in game 2, before the Owls rallied to tie the game with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning.
Morgan Barnes led off the inning with a single, followed by a single from Kayde Schaefer. Shauna Collins doubled to score Tech’s first run, while Jess Plummer tied the game on a ground out to shortstop.
SU jumped up 4-2 with two more runs in the fourth, before the Owls tied the game in their half of the fifth.
With two outs and Collins on third, Plummer drove in her second run of the game, to pull the Owls to within a run. With runners on second and third Schmidt tied the game on a single to make it a 4-4 game.
With the game tied in the last inning, Tech took their first lead of the game after Plummer connected for a homerun to right center, driving in her sixth run of the day and third of the game, that put Tech up 5-4. The lead, however, wouldn’t last.
Simpson put a runner on first with one out, while a triple down the right field line would tie the contest in the bottom of the seventh. After back-to-back intentional walks, Schmidt coaxed a pop up to short center as the runners could not advance. Oregon Tech, however, couldn’t get out of the inning as the next SU batter fisted a ball over Plummer’s head at third base to plate the winning run, as the Owls fell 6-5 in the final game.
Goodell finished with three hits in the opener with Plummer, Cromie, Larsen and Coates recording two hits each. Plummer was 2-for-4 in game two, including a homerun, with Collins and Schmidt adding an RBI each.
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