Fresh off a four-game sweep of Southwestern in the opening weekend of ICCAC Division I baseball, Marshalltown Community College couldn't keep the momentum going.
The Tigers committed five errors and got outhit 22-11 by DMACC as the Bears claimed a 24-10 victory over MCC in Tuesday's nine-inning non-conference tilt at Shawn Williams Field.
DMACC (15-10) has swept both meetings with Marshalltown this season by a combined 42-17, benefitting on Tuesday from a strong wind blowing out to right field.
T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE
DMACC’s Alex Lashomb (27) is forced out at second base as Marshalltown Community College’s Justen Folger throws to first in an attempt to turn two during the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday at Shawn Williams Field. DMACC won the baseball game 24-10.
The Bears connected for three home runs among eight extra-base hits, batting .423 on the day in taking advantage of the elements and the back end of Marshalltown's pitching rotation.
MCC (8-9) has a non-conference doubleheader today at Kirkwood before hosting Indian Hills on Saturday and Sunday for four ICCAC D-I games.
"We were talking about it before the game, when you play DMACC you've got to play clean," said Tigers head coach Rich Grife. "In the innings that they scored four, five, six runs, we gave them five or six outs, and you can't do that against them. You can't do that against anybody, especially on a day when the wind is blowing like crazy."
Marshalltown jumped out to a 2-0 lead just three batters into the bottom half of the first inning as Bryce Manning connected on a two-run homer, his third of the season.
But the Bears responded with three runs in the second, four in the third and a six-run fourth that was sparked by two MCC defensive miscues to start the frame.
The Tigers scored the game's next seven runs to get within 14-10. Justen Folger's leadoff triple in the sixth spurred a five-run inning, though the ball barely left the infield and the Bears committed two of their four errors.
But DMACC tacked on 10 runs over the final three frames, piling up a total of 22 hits against five MCC pitchers. Starter Max Chadsey took the loss.
Jordan McCoy led the Tigers offensively, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI as his batting average jumped 50 points. Steven Murtha was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI.
Kyle Simpson, Cody Munsinger and Jake Allen added singles in the MCC defeat.
Colin Keefe finished 4-for-6 with a two-run homer, four runs and four RBIs to lead the DMACC bats, while leadoff batter Edwin Medina was 4-for-7 with a homer and four RBIs. Sean Moore also homered for the Bears, who won their fifth straight and ninth in their last 11 games.