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Tiger baseball gets first win, softball team evens record

Mar 07, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Iowa Wesleyan College baseball team got its first win of the season and its first win under Head Coach Derek Zander when the Tigers defeated Wartburg College, 5-4, on Tuesday morning.

The Tigers then lost game two against Wartburg, 3-2, and fell to St. Mary’s University (Minn.), 4-3, in extra innings on Wednesday morning.

IWC is now 1-5 on the year after four days at the Tucson Invitational.

In the game against St. Mary’s yesterday, the Tigers posted a three-run fifth inning, scoring all three runs on only two hits.

Ryan Daniels led off the inning with a walk and Michael Reed tripled to bring in Daniels.

Justin Katich was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

A sacrifice fly by Nathan Strusz brought in Reed, and then Jeffrey Burdett hit a single that scored Katich.

Katich was the last Tiger to cross the plate, however, and IWC allowed one run each in the third, sixth, ninth and 11th innings to give St. Mary’s the win.

Brandon Harris led the Tigers at the plate, going 4-for-5.

Joseph Neilson went nine innings on the mound for the Tigers, giving up nine hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out three. He walked four batters.

Logan Thomas relieved Neilson in the 10th, going 1.1 innings. He struck out two, walked none, and gave up three hits for one earned run. He took the loss.

Stats were not available at press time for the games against Wartburg.

The Tigers played two games today (Thursday) against Presentation College and finish their spring break trip to Tucson with a game against Lewis and Clark College on Friday morning.

The IWC softball team lost two games Tuesday at the Tucson Invitational, falling to Saint Mary's, 7-4, and to DeSales University (Penn.), 9-5.

However, they evened their season record, 3-3, with two wins on Wednesday.

They defeated DeSales, 2-1, scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim the victory.

The Tigers then defeated St. Mary’s, 3-2. IWC scored all three runs in the fifth inning on two hits and an error and then held on for the win.

Ayla Serrano went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the game, and Ashley Stube was 1-for-2 with one run knocked in.

Sonja Holmes pitched all seven innings for the Tigers, giving up six hits for two runs (one earned). She walked two and struck out six in the win.

Stats for the win over DeSales on Wednesday were not available at press time.

The Tigers’ softball team has Thursday off before taking on Howard Payne University (Texas) in a doubleheader on Friday in the final day of their spring break trip at the Tucson Invitational.

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