WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The 18th-ranked Simpson softball team suffered its first loss of the season Thursday, losing to sixth-ranked Illinois Wesleyan 7-3 before shutting out Beloit 3-0 at the Rebel Spring Games.
Simpson's 16-game winning streak came to a close against Illinois Wesleyan, the second-best streak to start a season in school history.
#6 Illinois Wesleyan 7, #18 Simpson 3
Simpson took advantage of a Titan error to plate three in the bottom of the first on a two-RBI single by Rachel Guessford and a run-scoring double off the bat of Ashley Prettyman. Illinois Wesleyan got back-to-back hits to re-take the lead in the second and added two more in the fifth to put the game out of reach. Haag went 2-for-4 and Riley Fisher (7-1) suffered her first loss in the circle, allowing 11 hits and seven runs – six earned – in the complete-game effort.
#18 Simpson 3, Beloit 0
Simpson wasted little time returning to its winning ways behind a complete-game, two-hitter tossed by VanVleet. Pinch runner Annie Stolte scored the game's first run on a passed ball in the fourth and Britney Steele drove in a run on a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead. Haag homered to left in the seventh for good measure, giving her six long balls on the season. VanVleet (8-0) didn't issue a walk and allowed just one runner past second base.
Simpson closes play at the Rebel Spring Games on Friday against 2014 NCAA Regional Qualifiers, Farmingdale State and No. 21 Rowan.