A pair of breakout innings proved too much for the Marshalltown Community College baseball team in their bid to upset NJCAA No. 14 Iowa Western at home Friday.
The Reivers piled on a five-run seventh in the opener to spell the difference in a 9-4 win, before completing the sweep with a seven-run surge in the fifth to take the nightcap 12-4.
Sophomore Ty Russell supplied four hits on the afternoon including a homer in each game to keep the Tigers (17-24, 5-9) within reach. Tied at four heading into the final frame of the opener, Iowa Western teed off on reliever Kyle Herrick to pull away.
MCC, which had lost its previous four meetings to the Reivers by an average of 10 runs, set a different tone to start with back-to-back homers off the bats of Russell and Daryl Blaskovich to give MCC a 2-1 first-inning lead.
The Reivers (35-8, 11-3) pulled back ahead with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings before Russell knotted it up at four with a two-run single to score Aneudis Sandoval and Austin Allen. Russell finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and starter Austin Battaglia kept the Reivers off the board in the sixth before the Reivers pulled away with their first big inning.
Iowa Western's David Parrett finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI and Jake Schroeder added two hits, two runs and an RBI to lead the Reivers. Dom Thompson-Williams and Jordan Schlehuber each drove in a pair.
Brayden Young claimed the win tossing two scoreless innings in relief, while Herrick gave up five runs off two hits and a walk and was unable to record an out. Battaglia allowed four runs off seven hits in six frames, while his Reiver counterpart, Erik Swanson, allowed four runs on a seven-hit effort over five frames.
Game two was a bit of dj vu as Russell's two-run homer in the first scored Allen to spot the Tigers a 2-0 advantage. The Reivers answered with two runs in the second and the game remained locked at two until the fifth. Iowa Western put its first five runners on base in the frame and scored seven runs to build more than enough cushion at 9-2.
Sandoval supplied a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth to score Allen but the Reivers negated it with three more runs over the next two frames to clinch the sweep.
Alex McCune took the loss allowing seven runs on eight hits and four walks. Drake Robison claimed the win surrendering four runs on three hits and three walks while fanning eight in 4 1/3 innings.
Russell and Sandoval each had two RBIs to lead MCC, while Jason McMurray, Quinn Carpenter and Kaden Moore all plated three runs for the Reivers. Carpenter had three hits and scored three times.
The Tigers and Reivers reconvene their series in a twinbill today at 1 p.m. at Shawn Williams Field.