CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Simpson baseball team isn't ready to call it a season just yet.
Down 6-4 in the ninth, Simpson scored three runs in the top half and Matt Pennings closed the door in the home half as Simpson beat Wartburg 7-6, winning its second elimination game of the day in the process.
Chia and Barr – both seniors – drove in runs in the ninth as the fifth-seeded Storm (22-21) advance to play Loras on Friday at 7 p.m.
Brock Borgeson (1-3) didn't allow a run in 2 2/3 innings to get the win. The save was the third of the season for Pennings and the ninth of his career, a new school record.
Simpson snapped a five-game losing streak against Wartburg in the conference tournament, beating the Knights for the first time since 2006. Wartburg eliminated Simpson in 2007, 2010 and 2011.
Ryan Kemp had a hit and drove in two runs for the second-seeded Knights (25-17), who were eliminated. Wartburg lost to Central 6-1 in its first game of the tournament.