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Wednesday, August 05, 2020
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KCC golfers 2nd after Day 1 in Missouri

PRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Kirkwood men's golf team began the 2020  campaign in rough weather Monday at the Evangel Spring Invitational.

The Eagles finished the first round at 35 shots over par with a team  score of 323 at the Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo. The  Eagles trail William Woods by seven shots heading into the final 18  holes on Tuesday.

James Morgan of Kirkwood is tied for sixth place at 6-over 78.

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Eagles bounced by NIACC in regional finals

MASON CITY - Kirkwood's bid to reach the national tournament ended  quickly Sunday afternoon.

Top-ranked NIACC raced to a 21-point lead in the first quarter and  bounced the fourth-ranked Eagles, 95-73, in the regional finals to  claim a spot in the NJCAA Division II national tournament.

Kirkwood finished the season with a 29-4 record, with three of the  losses to NIACC. The Trojans head to nationals with a 32-1 mark.

NIACC tossed in 19 3-pointers in 40 attempts. Kelci Hale hit six  triples and scored 24 points. Andrea Gray made five 3-pointers and  netted 23.

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KCC baseball hits 5 HRs in sweep

GODFREY, Ill. - The Kirkwood baseball team belted five home runs  Sunday and swept Lewis & Clark, 8-3 and 18-1, in a non-conference  twinbill in Illinois.

D'Eric Shenault, Josh Fitzgerald and Gabe Lux connected for home runs  in an 8-3 victory in the opener. Kyle Moeder and Merritt McCardle  socked homers in an 18-1 stroll in the nightcap in six innings.

The Eagles (4-4) enjoyed big innings in both games. They scored six  runs in the fifth inning of the 8-3 verdict and put 13 fat runs on the  board in the sixth inning of Game 2.

Fitzgerald, Joel Vaske, Moeder and Lux all had two hits in the opener.  Lux drove in three runs and Cameron Hunter had two RBIs. Fitzgerald  and Vaske scored twice.

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No. 10 KCC softball wins pair

FORT SCOTT, Kan. - The 10th-ranked Kirkwood softball hit three home  runs Sunday and swept a doubleheader from Fort Scott, 9-3 and 13-5.

The victories lifted the Eagles to 10-3 for the campaign. Fort Scott  fell to 6-8.

Sydney Albaugh went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the 9-3 victory in the  opener. Shelby Hulsebus, Autum Barthelman and Angie Gorkow were all  2-for-5. Hulsebus collected a triple. Isabelle True (4-2) pitched a  complete game for the verdict.

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Faur shines as Mustangs sweep

Jake Faur pitched a one-hitter for five innings Sunday as Mount Mercy  defeated Missouri Valley, 14-5, in the second game of a Heart of  America Conference doubleheader at the Plaster Athletic Complex.

The Mustangs won the opener, 8-6, to sweep the doubleheader, raising  their records to 8-8 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

Faur struck out seven batters and walked only one during his five  shutout innings. Missouri Valley scored four runs in the top of the  sixth against a relief pitcher, but the Mustangs had an 11-0 lead by  then thanks to a 10-run uprising in the third inning.

Nick Sueppel went 3-for-3 with four RBIs in the 14-5 verdict in the  nightcap. Cael Lambe was 3-for-3 with two doubles and scored three  runs. Michael Barbato was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs for the  Mustangs. Spencer Wiskus and Chase Costa had two RBIs.

Collin Shrader was 2-for-3 with two doubles and scored twice in the  8-6 victory in the opener. Lyle Fini was 2-for-2. Joshua Neyens scored  three times. Chili Moseley scored twice.

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