Baseball - Mon, Apr. 2, 2012
Bats come through as IWC wins weekend series against Mount Mercy
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Mount Mercy University
Iowa Wesleyan
CEDAR RAPIDS - Drew Koeppel (Sr.-Bartonville, Ill.) capped a good weekend at the plate with four hits and the Iowa Wesleyan College baseball team belted out 15 hits as a team in a 9-3 win over Mount Mercy University Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers finished a weekend series against the Mustangs by winning two of three games, winning the nine-inning finale on Sunday after splitting a doubleheader on Saturday. IWC is now one game ahead of Mount Mercy (6-5, 17-19 overall) in the Midwest Collegiate Conference standings after improving to 7-4 in conference (16-18 overall).

Wesleyan broke open Sunday's game with four runs on five hits in the top of the seventh inning, sending eight hitters to the plate. Michael Mendoza (Sr.-San Gabriel, Calif.) hit a sacrifice fly, Koeppel and Neil Yemm (Sr.-Bartonville, Ill.) both hit run-scoring doubles and Ryan Doeppel (Jr.-Arcadia, Calif.) singled in a run as the Tigers took an 8-3 lead.

Bobby Lloyd (Sr.-Coalinga, Calif.) added three hits in the game and eight of nine starters picked up hits for IWC. Mendoza, Christian Arredondo (Sr.-Sun Valley, Calif.) and Todd Christensen (Sr.-Redondo Beach, Calif.) all drove in two runs each.

On the mound the Tigers got a strong starting performance from Joseph Neilson (Jr.-Bakersfield, Calif.). Neilson threw seven innings and allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out three. He settled down after allowing three runs in the second inning, setting down 12 straight Mustang hitters at one point and picking up his third win of the season.

The Tigers and Mustangs engaged in a pair of close contests on Saturday, with Wesleyan winning the opener 5-3 before Mount Mercy came back for a 1-0 win in the second game. IWC won the first game in extra innings, while MMU scored what turned out to be the winning run on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the sixth of the second game.

IWC got an RBI ground out from Koeppel to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the first game, and Andrew Jurgesmeyer (Sr.-Mexico, Mo.) walked with the bases loaded to drive in an insurance run. Koeppel finished the game with three hits, Christensen also added three hits and Arredondo picked up Wesleyan's other hit and also drove in a pair with a fifth inning single.

The two runs in the extra inning made a winner of Jacob Sanchez (Sr.-Brawley, Calif.), who pitched seven innings and allowed seven hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out seven and walking one to get his sixth win of the season. Keith Bullock (Jr.-Alamo, Calif.) came on in the eighth and retired the side in order for his second save of the year.

The second game was a battle of hurlers as Erik Allen (Sr.-Monrovia, Calif.) battled Mount Mercy's Abraham Carrasco. Allen allowed just four hits and struck out three, but his wild pitch with two outs in the sixth allowed pinch runner Alex Rodriguez to come in and score the only run of the game for the Mustangs.

Carrasco allowed three hits and struck out six in pitching the shutout for Mount Mercy. Doeppel had two of the three hits for the Tigers, who never advanced a runner past second base in the game.

Iowa Wesleyan next will be at home Wednesday for an important MCC doubleheader against Grand View University beginning at 2 p.m. at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex. The Tigers and Vikings will conclude their three-game series with a single nine-inning game Thursday in Des Moines at 3 p.m.

Box score Game 1 IWC 5 MMU 3 (8 inn.)
Box score Game 2 MMU 1 IWC 0
Box score Sunday IWC 9 MMU 3