SU Blanks Bellevue, Advances to Regional Title Game
Softball - Tue, May 16, 2017
After routing Kansas Wesleyan in Tuesday's first game of the day, Simpson picked up right where it left off in the second game of the NAIA Softball Championships, blanking Bellevue 7-0 and earning the opportunity to advance to the NAIA Softball World Series. The Red Hawks reeled off two quick runs in their first at bat en route to a the win, and Courtney Dunn tossed a four-hit gem as SU won its third game in four starts in Oklahoma City, Okla.
After posting a pair of runs in the 1st, the Red Hawks tacked on a run in the 2nd, three more in the 5th, and closed it out with an insurance run in their final at bat. With the victory, SU moves into the championship game at 10:00 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 17, against host Oklahoma City. If the Red Hawks beat the Stars in the first game, a second game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PDT to determine which team will move on to Clermont, Fla., for the national tournament.
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SU, 45-9 overall this spring, jumped out quickly and never looked back. In the 1st, Madison Wright hit the second pitch of the game into right field for a single, and then promptly stole second to get into scoring position. Wright advanced to third on Mia Olvera's sharp hit to left, as Olvera took second on the defense's indifference. Kayla Bailey brought home the first run with a sacrifice fly, and Kaylana Mah, who opened the earlier game with a three-run homer, picked up another RBI with a double to deep right center.
The Red Hawks added another run in the 2nd went Jessica Dager opened the frame with a single and came around to score on Wright's sacrifice fly, giving SU a 3-0 advantage.
SU put the game out of reach in the 5th, using an inning-opening BU error to ignite a three-run rally. Missy Silveira reached on a misplayed grounder, and Wright was hit by a pitch. After Amanda Laughlin lined out to third, Olvera reached on a fielder's choice that forced Wright out at second. Bailey stepped in and delivered a single to left that scored Silveira, and then Mah cleared the bases with a two-run triple.
Bailey provided one more insurance run in the 7th with a double that plated Laughlin, but it was far more than Dunn would need in her complete-game shutout. The freshman right-hander was sharp throughout, facing only four batters over the minimum while walking none and fanning seven.
Bailey and Mah each had two hits for the Red Hawks. For the day, Bailey was 5-for-8 at the plate, and Mah completed the two games going 4-for-7 with three runs and seven RBI.