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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Krob helps Kirkwood baseball sweep NIACC

MASON CITY - Kirkwood baseball coach Todd Rima enjoyed his return to NIACC on Saturday as the Eagles swept a conference doubleheader, 4-3 and 5-4, in Mason City.

Rima spent 11 years as the head coach at NIACC before moving to Kirkwood, where he led the Eagles to the national tournament for the first time in 19 years last season.

Austin Krob, who has struggled on the mound for Kirkwood this year, played a pivotal role in both victories Saturday in relief.

Krob pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief to get the victory in the 4-3 triumph in the opener, and he tossed the final inning in the 5-4 victory in the nightcap to notch a save.

The sweep lifted Kirkwood to 19-10 overall and 6-4 in the ICCAC Conference standings.



Kirkwood golfers nipped for title

WAVERLY - The Kirkwood men's golf team lost the Wartburg Spring Invitational by one shot Saturday.

The DMACC Bears nipped the Eagles, 584 tp 585, for the 36-hole championship at the Prairie Links Golf Course in a three-way photo finish among three premier junior college teams.

Southwestern finished third with a two-day total of 586, just another shot behind Kirkwood, in a wild scramble for the title.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 April 2019 08:23



KCC's Hocker tosses 4-hit shutout

Kirkwood freshman Erin Hocker tossed a four-hit shutout as the seventh-ranked Eagles blanked fifth-ranked Iowa Central, 4-0, in the first game of their ICCAC conference doubleheader at Kirkwood Saturday.

Iowa Central won the second game, 8-2.

Hocker struck out eight batters and walked only two in the 4-0 shutout. Lauren Klaahsen had two doubles for the Eagles to continue her hot hitting. Rachel Stewart, London Jackson and Klaahsen had RBIs.

Klaahsen socked a solo home run in the 8-2 loss in the nightcap.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 April 2019 08:37



KCC golfers eye title at Wartburg

WAVERLY - The Kirkwood men's golf team is locked in a tight battle with DMACC for top honors at the Wartburg Spring Invitational.

The Eagles finished the first round Friday with a four-man score of even-par 288, which is two shots behind DMACC heading into the final 18 holes Saturday at the Prairie Links Golf Course.

Ben Epperly of Kirkwood fired a 3-under-par 69 and trails Noah Hartman of DMACC by one shot. Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood is tied for third place at 2-under 70.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2019 06:13



Hocker twirls shutout for Eagles

MASON CITY - Erin Hocker tossed a two-hit shutout Wednesday as the  seventh-ranked Kirkwood Eagles blanked NIACC, 2-0, in the first game  of their ICCAC doubleheader in Mason City.

NIACC won the second game, 13-8.

Hocker struck out 10 batters and did not allow any walks in her gem. Taleah Smith socked a two-run homer in the fifth inning for the only  runs in the ballgame. Rachel Stewart had two hits.

Kirkwood jumped to a 5-0 lead in the second inning in the nightcap, but NIACC responded with 13 runs in its next four at-bats for the  victory.

Shelby Hulsebus was 3-for-4 and scored three times for the Eagles in the 13-8 setback. Jamie Finn and Stewart had two hits. Hocker was  saddled with the loss in relief.



Kirkwood baseball knocks off Parkland

The Kirkwood baseball team exploded for nine runs in the second inning  Wednesday and topped Parkland, 11-5, in a non-conference game at  Kirkwood.

Levi Usher, Taylor Jackson, Zion Pettigrew and Kal Youngquist had two  RBIs for the Eagles (17-10). Pettigrew, Youngquist and Corey Graham  had two hits. Usher, Jackson and Joel Thompson scored twice.

Blake Mann pitched three spotless innings in relief for the victory.  He retired nine straight batters and had four strikeouts.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2019 06:10



KCC softball team scores 35 runs in sweep

CRESTON - The Kirkwood softball team enjoyed a field day against Southwestern Community College Monday with 35 runs, 40 hits and three  home runs.

The fourth-ranked Eagles swept the ICCAC twinbill, 14-4 in five  innings and 21-4 in six innings.

Kirkwood raised its records to 21-6 overall and 4-0 in the conference.  Southwestern, which did not field a team last year due to a lack of players, fell to 2-15 overall and 0-4 in the league.

Randyn Carter went 3-for-3 with four RBIs in the 14-4 victory in the  opener. Lauren Kuch was 3-for-3 and scored four times. Lauren Klaahsen  was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs.

Shelby Hulsebus was 2-for-4 with a triple and home run and scored  twice. Rachel Stewart was 2-for-3 and scored three times. Haley DeWitt  socked a solo home run.

Erin Hocker (10-4) pitched four innings in the opener for the triumph.



KCC baseball team drops twinbill

The Kirkwood baseball team spent a long, frustrating day at the  ballpark Monday.

Iowa Lakes swept the Eagles, 4-1 and 12-2 in five innings, in an ICCAC  doubleheader at Kirkwood.

The twin defeats left Kirkwood at 16-10 overall and 4-4 in the league.  Iowa Lakes raised its marks to 11-7 overall and 3-5 in the conference.

Kirkwood got only four hits in the 4-1 loss in the opener. The Eagles  loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but managed only a  single run on an infield error.

Kirkwood managed only three hits in the 12-2 loss in the nightcap and  got swept off its own field in five innings.



Bennett shines as Eagles sink Lakers

The Kirkwood baseball team swept Iowa Lakes, 5-2 and 10-1, in an ICCAC conference doubleheader at Kirkwood Sunday.

Jackson Bennett pitched six shutout innings in the 5-2 victory before being touched for two runs in the seventh. He allowed only two hits. Cameron Cowan got the final out to collect a save.

Zion Pettigrew belted a home run and drove in two runs in the opener. Levi Usher had two RBIs and two stolen bases. Kirkwood scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap a scoreless game.

Kal Youngquist went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the 10-1 verdict in the nightcap. Usher, Pettigrew, Corey Graham and Gave Lux had two hits. Taylor Jackson scored three times. Usher and Lux scored twice. Pettigrew had three RBIs.

Cameron Leff tossed five strong innings for the victory in Game 2, allowing three hits and one run with seven strikeouts. Blake Mann pitched two scoreless innings in relief.



DeWitte socks 2 homers for Eagles

NORFOLK, Neb. - Haley DeWitte belted two home runs Sunday to help the Kirkwood softball team blank Northeast Community College, 9-0, in the second game of their ICCAC conference doubleheader.

The fourth-ranked Eagles won the opener, 12-3, for the sweep.

Kirkwood hit five home runs in the doubleheader and raised its records to 19-6 overall and 2-0 in the league. Northeast fell to 2-18 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Lauren Klaahsen went 4-for-4 with a double, homer and three RBIs in the first game. She also scored three times. Randyn Carter was 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored three runs. Jamye Finn was 3-for-4 and had four stolen bases.

Jessi Butler hit two doubles and drove in three runs in Game 1. Lauren Kuch had two RBIs. Autum Barthelman had two hits. Rachel Stewart hit a solo homer. Erin Hocker pitched a complete game for the victory.



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