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IWC defeats MacMurray

Apr 03, 2014

The Iowa Wesleyan College baseball team split a doubleheader with MacMurray College Tuesday at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.

The Tigers won their first home game of the season, 3-1, and then fell to the Highlanders in the second game by a score of 6-5.

IWC is now 4-14 overall and 4-5 in the SLIAC.

In the narrow loss, the Tigers allowed three runs in the first frame but came back with four runs of their own in the second inning. Jeffrey Burdett was hit by a pitch, advanced on singles by Kristofer Klabunde and Scott Kieper, and scored on a single by Nicholas Swanson. Tanner Anderson reached on an error that scored Klabunde and Kieper. They got their final run of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Travis Kostello that brought in Swanson.

MacMurray tied the score in the seventh inning, and took the lead with a pair of runs in the eighth.

The Tigers scored one run in the ninth inning when Chayancze Stirbis was hit by a pitch, advanced on an error and a walk, and then crossed the plate on a groundout by Kostello. But it wasn’t enough for the Tigers.

Stirbis finished the day 2-for-4, while Kieper and Swanson were each 2-for-3.

In game two, the Tigers got on the board first, as Stirbis singled, Kostello doubled and Raul Lozano had an RBI groundout in the first inning.

The Tigers added two more runs in the fifth inning. Kostello — who finished the game 3-for-4 — singled to lead off the inning, advanced on a sacrifice by Lozano and scored when Burdett reached on an error. Burdett then stole second and third, and scored on a single by Klabunde.

The Highlanders got on the board with a run in the seventh, but ultimately came up short of the sweep.

The win for the Tigers came on the heels of a tough weekend, in which IWC lost all three games to SLIAC opponent Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

On Saturday, the Tigers fell by a score of 6-5 in an 11-inning game, and then lost by a score of 6-4 in the second matchup of the day. The Tigers were routed by a score of 25-0 on Sunday.

The Tigers’ softball team shut out MacMurray College in its home doubleheader on Tuesday, winning the games by scores of 10-0 and 8-0 for its first conference victories of the season.

The Tigers are now 8-10 overall and 2-4 in the SLIAC.

Stephanie Tillman got the win on the mound in game one, allowing just four hits.

At the plate, Mikayla Dwyer was 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and a double.

Haleigh Cowan went 2-for-4 for IWC, and Ashley Stube was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.

In game two, IWC pitcher Jillian Leutscher allowed just two hits and got the win.

Dwyer was 2-for-4 with another three-run shot. Cowan went 2-for-4 with a double and a run knocked in. Sarah Voss was a perfect 2-for-2 with a double and Sam Shepard went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in.

The Iowa Wesleyan softball team was scheduled to play again at home yesterday, but the games against Cornell College were postponed until next Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.

The postponed game gave the Tigers a break in their busy schedule, which saw them playing eight games in five days — including four weekend games.

The Tigers went 2-2 over the weekend, losing both games of a doubleheader to SLIAC foe Fontbonne University on Saturday in St. Louis. IWC fell by scores of 8-2 and 10-2.

However, they came back Sunday to sweep a doubleheader against Knox College, winning by a score of 15-6 in game one and taking a five-inning, 10-0 victory in game two.

The Tigers will play again Saturday at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex. The softball team plays a doubleheader against Webster University starting at 1 p.m., and the baseball team plays at 3 p.m.


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