DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Simpson baseball team pounded out 16 hits in game two and got a solid start from Adam Richman, beating Dubuque 12-6 to split the doubleheader after losing game one 6-4 on Saturday.
The Storm (19-19, 11-15 Iowa Conference) tallied their second series win of the season and moved closer to a berth in the six-team conference tournament. Simpson is currently in fifth place with only a doubleheader at Coe remaining on the schedule.
Game 2: Simpson 12, Dubuque 6
Pirtle closed the weekend going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and Adam Richman threw seven strong innings in the series-clinching win.
The Spartans (12-24, 7-17) committed six errors in the loss, surrendering five unearned runs.
Both teams scored three runs in the first inning, but Simpson took a 4-3 lead in the second when Pirtle drove in Brett Crable on a fielder's choice. Simpson tacked on two more in the third to take a 6-3 lead and never looked back. Chia doubled and scored and Jake Esdohr came in to score on an error.
Simpson led 11-3 through five and a half before Dubuque dented the plate in the sixth.
After a rocky first inning, Richman (2-1) retired the side in order in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. The freshman – who had some control issues early in the season – walked just one batter and allowed six hits in his seven innings, striking out two.
Game 1: Dubuque 6, Simpson 4
A sacrifice fly by Jacob Evans gave Dubuque 5-4 lead in the fifth and Eddie Pablo drove in an insurance run in the sixth as Dubuque beat Simpson 6-4 in game one.
Tyler Craig's two-run homer gave Simpson a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but Dubuque came back with three in the home half. Vince Parisi hit a two-run double and Pablo singled in a run to give Dubuque a 3-2 lead.
The Spartans tacked on a run in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead before Esdohr tied the game on a two-RBI single in the top of the fifth.
Dalton Garst went four innings in the win and Justin Naval held Simpson hitless in the sixth and seventh for the two-inning save.
Gage Reis allowed five runs off eight hits in four innings in the loss.
Simpson closes the regular season with a doubleheader at Coe on Friday, May 2. The two teams opened the conference schedule with a doubleheader split in late March. The Kohawks (14-21, 10-16) took three of four from Luther over the weekend.