Sunday, February 23, 2020
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No. 8 Eagles seeking to host regional

ESTHERVILLE - The Kirkwood Eagles swept Iowa Lakes, 8-0 and 9-0, on a  pair of two-hit shutouts Saturday in an ICCAC conference doubleheader.

Both games ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.

The eighth-ranked Eagles have a showdown with 17th-ranked NIACC in  Mason City Sunday as both teams battle to host an NCJAA Division II  regional that will be held May 10-12.

Kirkwood (21-5) has a one-game lead over NIACC (20-6) heading into the  final two games of the regular season on Sunday. The Eagles need a  split to host the regional, but NIACC would host the regional if the  Trojans sweep the twinbill from Kirkwood.

Erin Hocker (22-7, 1.84 ERA) and Bradee Bouman (18-6, 3.07) tossed the  two-hit shutouts against Iowa Lakes. Hocker struck out seven batters  and walked one. Bouman had one strikeout and one walk.

Kirkwood shortstop Rachel Stewart went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader  with four runs and five RBIs, along with a triple, her fifth home run  and two stolen bases.

London Jackson went 2-for-3, drove in two runs and belted her 18th  home run in the 8-0 victory in Game 1. She is tied for third in the  country with her 18 round-trippers.

Lauren Klaahsen and Autum Barthelman had two hits in the opener.  Lauren Kuch drove in two runs. Shelby Hulsebus and Jackson scored twice.

Stewart was 3-for-3 in the second game with three runs, four RBIs, a  triple and her home run. Kuch drove in two more runs. Jayme Finn was  2-for-2 and scored twice. Sydney Albaugh hit her second home run and  Randyn Carter belted her eighth.

Hocker is tied for third in the country with her 22 victories.

Kirkwood raised its overall record to 42-13. Iowa Lakes fell to 15-33  overall and 6-20 in the conference.


Iowa Lakes       000 00 - 0 2 x
Kirkwood         300 41 - 8 11 1

Hocker and Butler. W - Hocker (22-7). HR - Jackson. RBI - Hulsebus,  Stewart, Kuch 2, Jackson 2, Klaahsen, Barthelman. Sac - Hulsebus. SB -  Hulsebus, Stewart 2, Smith, Carter.


Iowa Lakes       000 00 - 0 2 x
Kirkwood         330 3x - 9 9 0

Bouman and Barthelman. W - Bouman (18-6). 2B - Finn. 3B - Stewart. HR  - Stewart, Albaugh, Carter. RBI - Stewart 4, Kuch 2, Albaugh, Carter,  Finn. SF - Kuch. SB - Hulsebus, Barthelman, Finn.


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