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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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Hocker helps Eagles split with SCC

WEST BURLINGTON - Erin Hocker sparkled on the mound for the Kirkwood  Eagles Wednesday as they split a non-conference doubleheader with  Southeastern Community College.

Hocker pitched all nine innings as the fifth-ranked Eagles topped the  Blackhawks, 4-1, in the first game in West Burlington.

Southeastern won the second game, 3-2, to split the twinbill.

Hocker (16-6) allowed only one run on seven hits in the 4-1 victory in  the opener, with four strikeouts and no walks. Kirkwood snapped a 1-1  tie with three runs in the top of the ninth.

London Jackson went 2-for-3 and scored twice in the opener. Jessi  Butler also had two hits for the Eagles.



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Jackson belts 14th homer for Eagles

London Jackson belted her 14th home run of the season Tuesday to help  the Kirkwood Eagles dump Iowa Western, 9-1, in the first game of their  non-conference doubleheader at Kirkwood.

Iowa Western won the nightcap, 11-3, in five innings.

Jackson went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and scored three runs in the 9-1  victory, which ended after six innings due to the mercy rule. She is  tied for third in the country with her 14 homers.

Rachel Stewart went 2-for-4 with two runs in the victory. Lauren  Klaahsen drove in two runs. Erin Hocker (15-6) pitched a complete  game, allowing one run on two hits.

Iowa Western led 11-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning of  Game 2. Kirkwood scored three times, but it was not enough to stay  alive due to the eight-run mercy rule.

The split left the fifth-ranked Eagles at 31-10 at the NJCAA Division  II level. Iowa Western is 26-16 at the NJCAA Division I level.


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