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Clarke trips Mount Mercy baseball

DUBUQUE - Austin Mettica delivered a two-run double in the bottom of  the ninth inning Saturday to give Clarke a 7-6 victory over Mount  Mercy in a Heart of America Conference baseball game in Dubuque.

Mount Mercy scored in the top of the ninth to take a 6-5 lead, but  Clarke responded in the bottom of the inning for the walk-off victory.

Mount Mercy fell to 22-20 overall and 13-13 in the conference. Clarke  raised its records to 21-17 overall and 16-8 in the league.

Chili Moseley hit a solo home run for the Mustangs. Evan Jackson was  3-for-4 and scored twice. Owen Oreskovich was 2-for-5 with two RBIs.  Jake Faur also drove in two runs.



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Bruner helps Mustangs sweep Peru

Payton Bruner filled her role beautifully in the leadoff spot for the  Mount Mercy softball team Saturday.

Bruner went 4-for-6, scored four runs, collected three RBIs, hit two  triples and had two stolen bases as the Mustangs swept Peru State, 6-5  and 5-3, in a Heart of America Conference doubleheader at Busse Field.

Bruner, the Mount Mercy shortstop, went 2-for-3 with two runs, two  RBIs and two stolen bases in the 6-5 victory in the opener. Tawny  Menster was 2-for-3 and pitched a complete game for the win. Jessica  Miller and Michelle Mack also had two hits in the first game.

Bruner went 2-for-3 with two runs, two triples and an RBI in the 5-3  victory in Game 2. Sydney Robertson was 2-for-2. Jayna Witzany (9-7)  pitched four shutout innings in relief for the victory, allowing just  two hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.



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Mount Mercy baseball sweeps Clarke

The Mount Mercy baseball team swept a Heart of America Conference  doubleheader from Clarke University, 4-3 and 11-4, Friday at the  Plaster Athletic Conference.

The sweep lifted the Mustangs to 22-19 overall and 13-12 in the  league. Clarke fell to 20-17 overall and 15-8 in the conference.

Mount Mercy trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning  in the opener. Kobi Candaroma led off with a triple and Corbin Day was  hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and third with one out.

Manny Oluntunde, running for Day, stole second base. Chili Moseley had  an RBI single, driving in Candaroma and chasing Oluntunde to third,  but Moseley was thrown out trying to reach second base.



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Mustangs allow 1 hit in sweep

Madelyn Irwin pitched a one-hitter for the Mount Mercy softball team  Friday, and then Jayna Witzany topped that by tossing a no-hitter in  the second game of their doubleheader against Robert Morris.

The Mustangs won the first game, 6-0, as Irwin allowed only one hit in  the seven-inning ballgame. She struck out four batters and did not  walk anyone.

Mount Mercy took the nightcap, 8-0, in six innings on the no-hitter by  Witzany. She struck out seven batters and walked two.

The sweep lifted the Mustangs to 22-18 overall and snapped their  seven-game losing streak. Robert Morris fell to 2-28.



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Mustangs win 5 events in track

DUBUQUE - Rachel Gadient played a big role in three victories for the  Mount Mercy women's track team at the Good Friday Invitational in  Dubuque.

Gadient captured the high jump and long jump for the Mustangs. She  also ran the first leg on the triumphant 4x400 relay with Kathryn  Vander Poel, Andrea Ertz and McKenna Johnson.

Vander Poel won the 800 meter run and Johnson prevailed in the 1500.

The Mount Mercy men's and women's teams finished third out of eight  teams in the standings.


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