Offense takes flight, Simpson topples Johns Hopkins

CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Simpson offense hit its stride Tuesday against No. 30 Johns Hopkins at the Russ Matt Greater Phoenix Invitational.

Junior shortstop Dave Johnson went 5-for-5, senior third baseman Scott Ethell drove in five runs and the Storm (4-3) pounded out season-highs with 13 runs off 16 hits in a 13-8 win.

Johnson drove in a run and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. In the last three games he is 10-for-12 at the plate. Ethell went 4-for-5 and scored three runs, blasting a two-run homer in the seventh inning.

The Blue Jays (7-2) used six different pitchers, but made the game interesting with a five-run seventh inning.

Simpson broke open a 1-1 tie with four runs in the top of the third inning. Ethell provided a run-scoring single, junior designated hitter Brad Agan drove in a pair with a base hit and later came around to score on a Hopkins error.

The Storm tacked on two more in the fourth and turned in another four-run inning in the sixth. Junior first baseman Justin Svhela drove in the final two runs with a triple down the right field line, scoring Ethell and sophomore right fielder Colton Calvert.

After Ethell's two-run blast gave Simpson a 13-3 lead, the Hopkins offense got to starter Chris Dorff for the first time in the bottom of the seventh. A pair of unearned runs led to Dorff's departure in favor of Warren Drucker and the Blue Jays plated five runs in the inning.

Dorff (1-1) got the win on the mound, going 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and six runs - two earned. Lucas Henneman (0-1) took the loss for Hopkins.

Senior center fielder Corey Rasmussen added three hits and scored three runs for Simpson, which will have Wednesday off before returing to action with a doubleheader against Dickinson Thursday at 1:30 p.m. CST.