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Storm sweep Loras; postpone Sunday's DH to Monday

Storm sweep Loras; postpone Sunday's DH to Monday

INDIANOLA, Iowa – The Simpson softball team picked up a pair of much-needed wins on Saturday, sweeping Loras 4-3 and 2-1.

The Storm (23-7, 2-4 Iowa Conference) snapped a four-game losing streak while the Duhawks (9-12, 2-6) came up short in a pair of comeback attempts.

Simpson was scheduled to face 15th-ranked Coe in a doubleheader on Sunday, but the game has been postponed to Monday, April 15 at 3 p.m. in Indianola due to the high probability of rain on Sunday.

Game 1: Simpson 4, Loras 3
Hailey Jensen hit a two-run homer and Simpson held off a last-inning rally by Loras to win game one, 4-3.

Jensen – who finished 2-for-3 – sent a Hollie Klein delivery over the left field fence to give Simpson a commanding 4-0 lead after five.

With the four-run lead, Simpson went to reliever Kinsey Van Houten to close the game out in the seventh. But after Van Houten surrendered back-to-back singles to the first two batters she faced, starter Kacee Arey re-entered.

The first batter Arey faced – Alaina Rigdon – swatted a three-run homer to center, brining Loras within a run.

Arey (17-6) settled down, though, and retired the next three batters to give Simpson its first conference win of the season.

Game 2: Simpson 2, Loras 1
Kylie Van Houten drove in the winning run in the sixth, Katlyn Ernst threw two innings of shutout ball and Simpson earned the sweep with a 2-1 win over Loras in the nightcap.

Stacie Brown led off the sixth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Britney Steele. Van Houten drove Brown in from third on an infield single two batters later to break a 1-1 tie.

Pitching in relief of Arey, Ernst (6-1) retired the side in the sixth and got Katie Serpico swinging to end it in the seventh.

Ashley Prettyman scored the first run of the game on a double by Steele in the first. Loras tied it when Makaila Haase hit a solo shot to lead off the fourth.

Game Notes
With the game one win, Arey improved her career total to 56, tying her with Laurie (Dowd) Gowdy for second in Simpson history … Kelly Schade holds the record with 113.

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