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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs ousted from Heart softball

The Mount Mercy Mustangs lost to Benedictine, 4-1, in the losers  bracket of the Heart of America Conference softball tournament Friday at Busse Field and were ousted from the postseason event.

Mount Mercy compiled a 2-2 record in the tournament and finished in fourth place. The Mustangs ended their season with a 32-22 record.

Benedictine lost to Grand View in the losers bracket finals Friday after topping Mount Mercy. Grand View will face Baker in the  championship round Saturday of the double-elimination tournament.

Baker and Grand View have both clinched spots in the NAIA national  tournament, regardless of who wins the conference title.



Cortes wins 10,000 for Mount Mercy

FAYETTE, Mo. - Vanessa Cortes of Mount Mercy captured the 10,000 meter  run at the Heart of America Conference track meet Friday.

Cortes was clocked in 38 minutes, 56.67 seconds. She dominated the  race and won by 29.05 seconds.

The Mustangs placed second in the women's 4x800 relay in 9:38.58.  Kathryn Vander Poel, Andrea Ertz, McKenna Johnson and Mady Roth shared  the baton.



Mustangs have Heart, reach Final 4

Tawny Menster knows her college softball career will end at some point  this month, but she's really glad it did not happen Thursday night.

Menster pitched a complete and the Mount Mercy Mustangs capitalized on  a huge break for a 6-2 victory over Central Methodist in a losers  bracket game in the Heart of America Conference tournament at Busse  Field.

The Mustangs (32-21) have already staved off two elimination games and  they'll try to do it again when they face Benedictine (28-25) Friday  at 2:30 p.m. on Day 3 of the tournament.

Baker (43-7) and Grand View (43-8), a pair of NAIA Top 20 powers, meet  in the winners bracket final Friday at noon. If Mount Mercy beats  Benedictine at 2:30, the Mustangs would face Baker or Grand View in  the losers bracket final Friday at 5 p.m.

The championship round is Saturday.

Mount Mercy trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when they  got the biggest break of the tournament. They had the bases loaded  with two outs, but the threat appeared to be over when pinch-hitter  Jaicee Lyons hit a pop-up right behind second base.

The Central Methodist shortstop settled under the pop-up for the third  out, but the ball popped out of her glove for a two-run error that  gave Mount Mercy a 3-2 lead.



Mustangs trimmed at Heart baseball

OZARK, Mo. - The Mount Mercy baseball team lost to Central Methodist,  5-4, in 10 innings Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Heart of  America Conference tournament at US Baseball Park.

Mount Mercy (26-22) will face Peru State (20-22) in a losers bracket  game Friday at 1:30 p.m., with the loser eliminated.

The Mustangs scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the  game, 4-4. Central Methodist scored in the top of the 10th and retired  the Mustangs in the bottom of the 10th for the victory.

Tito Berdecia and Kobi Candaroma hit solo home runs for Mount Mercy.  Chili Moseley was 2-for-4 and had two RBIs. Collin Shrader was 2-for-3  and scored twice.



Mustangs stay alive in Heart softball

The Mount Mercy Mustangs got off to a slow start in the Heart of  America Conference softball tournament at Busse Field Wednesday  morning, but they rebounded nicely Wednesday night to stay alive.

Mount Mercy lost to Culver-Stockton, 8-0, in the first game of the  tournament Wednesday morning in just five innings, but the Mustangs  bounced back with a 2-0 victory over William Penn in the losers  bracket on a three-hit shutout by Jayna Witzany.

Mount Mercy (31-21) will face Grand View or Central Methodist in an  elimination game Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Jess Heick went 2-for-3 for the Mustangs in the 2-0 victory over  William Penn. Payton Bruner collected a double and an RBI.

Olivia Brees of Baker pitched a perfect game with 14 strikeouts in a  5-0 victory over William Penn in the first round.



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