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Tigers take two to avoid elimination

May 13, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

CENTERVILLE - Jordan McCoy slugged seven hits on the day as Marshalltown Community College survived a pair of elimination games on Saturday at the NJCAA Division I Region XI baseball tournament.

The Tigers defeated Muscatine 8-0 in the opener and rallied past Southwestern 11-8 later in the day.

McCoy, an all-stater and state champion from Centerville High School, had three of his five extra-base hits of the day in a 3-for-3 performance against Muscatine. McCoy scored three runs, walked, stole a base, tripled, homered twice and drove in three in the contest.

A solo home run in the first inning by McCoy was all the run support that the Tiger pitching staff would need in a run-rule shortened game.

Starter Blake Brommel went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Ben Ryder recorded the final two outs.

Ben Lott had a pair of hits for Marshalltown. Cody Munsinger added a double, while Justen Folger tripled.

Southwestern (17-37) led by as many as five runs against the Tigers (28-30) in Saturday's final game. MCC scored three in the bottom of the seventh to take a 9-8 lead and added two more runs in the eighth for the final margin.

McCoy finished 4-for-5 with two doubles to finish off his 7-for-8 day. His single in the bottom of the seventh scored Folger with the go-ahead run.

Bryce Manning also went 4-for-5 for the Tigers with a triple, Kyle Simpson had a pair of doubles and three runs scored, while Andrew Utterback added a triple and two RBIs. Anderson Villarroel went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Ryder pitched the final 5 1/3 innings in relief for the victory, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

Marshalltown advances to face Indian Hills (34-23) at 11 a.m. today. The winner of today's MCC/Indian Hills elimination game advances to face NJCAA No. 1 Iowa Western (53-4) at 2 p.m. in the championship game (and again at noon Monday if necessary).



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