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Indian Hills finishes off sweep of MCC baseball

April 23, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

CENTERVILLE - Indian Hills struck first and struck often.

The Marshalltown Community College baseball team was swept by the Falcons for the second day in a row, losing 9-2 and 7-3 in an ICCAC Division I doubleheader on Sunday at Pat Daugherty Field.

It marked the seventh win in eight games for Indian Hills over MCC in the conference series this season, including all four this weekend.

The Falcons (26-20, 14-10) minimized the damage Marshalltown's bats could do by allowing only five walks while committing no defensive errors. MCC (16-22, 9-11) totaled 17 hits to IHCC's 21, but Tiger pitching issued a combined 13 walks during the doubleheader.

Indian Hills scored two runs in the home half of the first inning in both games and never trailed on the day.

In the opener, Marshalltown was led by Justen Folger's 4-for-4 hitting performance that included a double and a two-run triple for the Tigers' only tallies in the top of the fourth.

Tyler Evans went 2-for-3 at the plate as well for MCC. Starting pitcher Jake Whaley (1-4) took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits, six total walks with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 frames.

In the nightcap, Indian Hills led 3-0 before MCC notched single runs in both the third and fourth. Anderson Villarroel, Ben Lott and Folger each singled with two outs in the third to plate a run, while Jordan McCoy's solo homer led off the fourth to get the Tigers within 3-2.

The Falcons responded by sending nine batters to the plate in the bottom half, with six straight reaching base to account for a four-run inning against starting hurler Jeff Degano (2-2).

Degano went four innings in the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) on nine hits and four walks against five strikeouts. Nick Weeter tossed two innings of scoreless relief.

Lott led MCC with two hits, driving in Evans with a single to center in the seventh.

Jeremy Delgado went 3-for-3 for Indian Hills, and Yuliecer Arias was 2-for-4 with a double. The top two in the Falcons' batting order combined to score four runs, drive in three more while stealing five bases.

MCC looks to get back on track with a pair of home doubleheaders this week. The Tigers entertain Southwestern at 2 p.m. Tuesday in a conference make-up twinbill, while Kirkwood comes to Shawn Williams Field on Wednesday.



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