DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Simpson baseball team split its final two games against Loras on Saturday, winning the opener 7-6 before losing 12-6 in the nightcap.
The Storm (3-9, 1-3 Iowa Conference) led Loras 7-3 going into the last at-bat in game one, but had to hold on after surrendering three. The nightcap started out well as Simpson scored four in the top of the first, but the Duhawks (8-6, 3-1) came back with five in the third to take the lead for good.
SIMPSON 7, LORAS 6
Jake Scieszinski went 2-for-3 and sparked a three-run seventh with an RBI-double. Bud Smith and Zeb Noel each added an RBI-single to give the Storm a 7-3 lead. Simpson needed all four of those runs, as Loras took advantage of a Simpson error to score three runs in the last at-bat. Brock Borgeson came on in relief of Gage Reis, issuing a run-scoring walk before coaxing the game-ending groundout to earn the save. Reis (1-1) allowed six runs – four earned – with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work.
LORAS 12, SIMPSON 6
Austin Burlin went 4-for-5 and Scieszinksi drove in two as part of a four-run first. A sacrifice fly by Smith gave Simpson a 5-2 lead in the top of the third, but Loras scored five runs off six hits to take a 7-5 lead in the third. Burlin doubled and scored to pull the Storm within a run in the fifth, but Loras pulled away with three in the fifth and two in the eighth. After finishing game one, Borgeson (0-1) got the start in game two, allowing six runs – all earned – off nine hits in 2 1/3. Scieszinksi had three hits and two RBIs.
Simpson goes to Grinnell for a non-conference contest Thursday, March 26.