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Baseball - Tue, Mar. 27, 2012
Tiger offense slumps again in 5-2 loss to William Penn
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MOUNT PLEASANT - The Iowa Wesleyan College baseball team found hits hard to come by again Tuesday afternoon, losing to William Penn University 5-2 in a Midwest Collegiate Conference game at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.

The Tigers had just six hits against Penn pitching, struggling to score in losing a nine-inning conference game for the second time in three days. With the loss IWC slipped one-half game behind Penn in the MCC standings, dropping to 14-17 overall and 5-3 in conference while the Statesmen are now 11-12 overall and 5-2 in league play.

William Penn pitchers Danny Erece and Jorge Quezada combined to allow six hits and one earned run while striking out nine and walking three. Erece started and went 7 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and striking out six, while Quezada came on for the save and struck out three in the final 1 2/3 innings.

Penn led from the start, scoring twice in the top of the first inning off IWC starter Brad Pollock (Jr.-Payette, Idaho). Wesleyan got a run back in the bottom of the first with a solo homer by Michael Mendoza (Sr.-San Gabriel, Calif.), but the Statesmen would open it up and chase Pollock from the game with three runs in the fifth for a 5-1 lead.

The Tigers had a chance to draw close in the sixth, loading the bases with nobody out, but could only muster one run across the plate when Marco Prieto (Sr.-Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) grounded into a double play. IWC went quietly the rest of the way, never getting a runner past second in the final three innings.

Pollock allowed six hits and five runs in 4 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking three. Wesleyan's bullpen performed well, as Colton Hopwood (Sr.-Bloomfield, Iowa), Neil Yemm (Sr.-Bartonville, Ill.) and Keith Bullock (Jr.-Alamo, Calif.) combined to pitch 3 2/3 shutout innings and combined to allow just three hits.

The Tigers next will face Mount Mercy University in a three-game series this weekend in Cedar Rapids, beginning with a doubleheader Saturday afternoon starting at 1 p.m.

Box score WPU 5 IWC 2