DECORAH, Iowa – Michael Chia drove in the game-winning run in the seventh inning in game one and the Simpson baseball team came away with a doubleheader split against Luther on Saturday, winning game one 3-2 and losing the nightcap 10-2.
The two teams also split Friday's doubleheader, leaving the Storm (15-17, 8-14 Iowa Conference) fifth in the conference standings with six games remaining. Simpson goes to Dubuque next weekend and closes the schedule with a makeup doubleheader at Coe on Friday, May 2.
Chia broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh when he roped a single to right, scoring Josh Pirtle. Pirtle reached on a bunt single to start the inning.
The cushion was just enough for Gage Reis, who allowed a pair of one-out hits in the home half before retiring the eight and nine batters to finish off the complete game. Reis (3-3) allowed just five hits and two unearned runs, striking out four.
Game two started well for Simpson, which scored a run on an error to take a 1-0 lead.
Things went South in the second, when the first six batters for the Norse (12-18, 6-14) reached on the starter, Scieszinski. Luther plated four in the inning and added a run in the fifth for a 5-1 lead.
Simpson added another unearned run in the sixth to pull within 5-2, but a five-run eighth sealed the deal.
Matt McKinney (1-4) went eight innings and struck out five for his first win of the season. Scieszinski (3-3) went 5 1/3 and gave up five runs, four earned. Barr went 2-for-4 to lead the Storm.
Simpson goes to AIB for a non-conference doubleheader on Monday, April 21. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Des Moines Lincoln High School.