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Iowa Wesleyan baseball sweeps, softball splits

Apr 24, 2014
Photo by: Ashlee De Wit IWC’s Justin Katich connects with a pitch in the Tigers’ opener against Eureka on Wednesday.

The Iowa Wesleyan baseball team defeated Eureka College in both games of a doubleheader on Wednesday night, winning 11-2 and then 12-2 on their home field.

The softball team ended its season with a Senior Night doubleheader against Loras at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex. The Tigers won game one, 5-4, in 10 innings, but fell in the nightcap, 11-2.

In the baseball opener, IWC scored 11 runs on 14 hits. They posted two in the first inning, and added all they would need to win when they added two more in the third frame. They tacked on six insurance runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth.

Raul Lozano and Kristofer Klabunde were each 3-for-4 and Chayancze Stirbis was 3-for-5 in the conference matchup. Klabunde knocked in four runs; Klabunde and Nicholas Swanson each had a double.

Jeffrey Burdett (4-3) started on the mound and claimed the win. In six innings, he gave up four hits and no runs. He walked no one and struck out five batters.

Andrew Ward pitched one inning in relief. He allowed four hits for two earned runs. He walked no one and fanned one.

In game two, the Tiger bats didn’t let up, as IWC scored its 12 runs on 11 hits — including six extra-base hits.

Travis Kostello was 3-for-4, Tanner Anderson was 2-for-3, and Stirbis and Lozano were each 2-for-4.

Kostello knocked in five Tiger runs and Stirbis batted in three.

Stirbis had two doubles in the game; Anderson, Lozano and Kostello each hit one. Lozano also smacked a triple.

The Tigers did most of their run production in the late innings. They were scoreless through the first two and posted three in the third. They added four runs in the fifth and five in the sixth.

Michael Edgcomb (2-7) got the win on the mound. He went all seven innings, giving up two hits and seven walks for two earned runs. He sat down three on strikes.

IWC is now 9-24 overall and 8-15 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Complex. The Tigers will play again this weekend at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

In game one of the softball doubleheader, the teams were tied up after nine innings of play.

Mikayla Dwyer singled to lead off the bottom of the 10th frame, and after an error by the first basemen put the Tigers on second and third, Samantha Shepard knocked in the game-winning run with a single to bring Dwyer home.

The Tigers struggled in game two, dropping the contest in five innings.

Box scores for the games were unavailable at press time.

IWC ends the season 17-21 overall and 9-9 in the SLIAC.

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