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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 6 Eagles sweep Southeastern

The sixth-ranked Kirkwood softball swept a non-conference doubleheader  from Southeastern, 6-3 and 11-3 in five innings, at the Kirkwood field  Tuesday afternoon.

London Jackson belted a solo home run in the fifth inning to tie the  score, 3-3, in the opener. The Eagles scored three times in the sixth  for the 6-3 triumph. Jessi Butler went 2-for-2 with a triple and two  RBIs. Shelby Hulsebus was 2-for-4 in the leadoff spot.

Erin Hocker (14-5) tossed a complete game in the opener, allowing  three runs on three hits with eight strikeouts.

Jackson and Lauren Klaahsen hit home runs in the 11-3 victory in the  nightcap. It was Jackson's 12th homer of the season, tying her for  third-most in NJCAA Division II softball.



Wilson named 1st team All-American

Doug Wilson of Kirkwood has been honored as a first team All-American by the NJCAA men's basketball selection committee, it was announced Monday.

Wilson led Kirkwood to the 2019 NJCAA Division II national title and had an enormous game in the finals with 30 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in a 64-58 victory over Johnson County.

Wilson, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Des Moines, averaged 21 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 blocks to help the Eagles finish with a 31-4 record. He shot 67 percent from the field, which ranked third-best in the country.



Kirkwood golfers win ICCAC title

AMES - The Kirkwood and DMACC men's golf teams have established quite  a rivalry this spring.

The DMACC Bears nipped the Eagles by one shot at the Wartburg Spring  Invitational on Saturday, but Kirkwood got a measure of revenge at the  ICCAC Spring Preview on Monday.

Kirkwood trimmed DMACC by three strokes, 295 to 298, for top honors at  the Spring Preview at the Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames.

George Kalpakas of Kirkwood won the title by firing a 1-under-par 71.  Kalpakas competed as an individual and his score did not count for the  Eagles, but they won the championship anyway.



Hocker, Bouman toss shutouts for KCC

The Kirkwood softball team was able to take a rest on defense during  the first game of its ICCAC doubleheader against Southwestern on  Sunday at the Kirkwood field.

The Eagles blanked Southwestern, 10-0, in five innings as pitcher Erin  Hocker got 13 of the 15 outs with strikeouts. Hocker (13-5) finished  with a two-hitter with no walks.

Kirkwood defeated Southwestern, 8-0, in five innings of the nightcap  on a six-hitter by Bradee Bouman.

The sweep lifted the seventh-ranked Eagles to 25-8 overall and 8-2 in  the conference. Southwestern fell to 6-19 overall and 2-8 in the league.



Brister stars as Kirkwood splits

MASON CITY - Brennan Brister belted two home runs and collected seven  RBIs as the Kirkwood Eagles rolled by NIACC, 18-6, in the second game  of their conference doubleheader in Mason City Sunday.

NIACC took the first game, 10-4.

Brister went 4-for-5 with a walk in the 18-6 victory, which ended  after seven innings by the mercy rule. Zion Pettigrew was 3-for-5 with  a double and three RBIs in the onslaught. Blake Mann got the victory  in relief.

Kal Youngquist had two RBIs for Kirkwood in the 10-4 loss in the opener.

Kirkwood won the four-game series against NIACC, 3-1. The Eagles  raised their records to 20-11 overall and 7-5 in the ICCAC conference  on their weekend trip to Mason City.



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.



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