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Hocker spins 1-hitter for No. 5 Eagles

Erin Hocker tossed a one-hit shutout Friday as the fifth-ranked  Kirkwood Eagles trimmed Ellsworth, 1-0, in the first game of their  ICCAC conference doubleheader at Kirkwood.

Bradee Bouman followed Hocker's gem by pitching a two-hit shutout in  an 8-0 victory that last only five innings.

Hocker (17-6) struck out 12 batters in the 1-0 victory and did not  walk anyone. Taleah Smith drove in Shelby Hulsebus with the only run  in the ballgame in the fifth inning. The Eagles had only two hits  themselves.

Kirkwood exploded for six runs in the bottom of the first inning of  the nightcap and coasted to the 8-0 victory. Bouman (15-5) struck out  two batters and walked one.

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Eagles find strong pitching in sweep

IOWA FALLS - The Kirkwood baseball team found some hot pitchers Friday  and swept an ICCAC doubleheader from Ellsworth, 1-0 and 5-0, in Iowa  Falls.

The Eagles, who allowed 35 runs in three straight losses to DMACC last  weekend, got excellent outings from Austin Krob and Will Nigut to move  in the right direction again.

Krob tossed eight shutout innings in the 1-0 victory in the opener,  allowing just three hits with 10 strikeouts. Caleb Fuller got the  final three outs for his first save, netting two strikeouts.

The Eagles scored the only run in the top of the ninth when Taylor  Jackson came around to score. Jamarion Loston was 3-for-4 in the game.

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Epperly paces KCC golfers at Blue Boy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Ben Epperly of Kirkwood successfully battled 25  mph winds at the Blue Boy Invitational Friday and sits in first place  heading into the final round on Saturday.

Epperly shot an even-par 72 at The Rail Golf Course for a one-shot  lead after 18 holes.

Kirkwood holds a four-shot edge on Nebraska Wesleyan, 304 to 308,  heading into the final round in the 11-team field.

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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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