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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs split with No. 16 Central Methodist

FAYETTE, Mo. - Jake Faur turned in a strong pitching performance Saturday as the Mount Mercy Mustangs knocked off 16th-ranked Central Methodist, 8-1, in the second game of their Heart of America Conference doubleheader.

Central Methodist took the opener, 9-0.

Faur (3-2) pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed only one run on four hits. Matt Trouten tossed the final 1 2/3 innings to finish the 8-1 conquest.

Tito Berdecia went 2-for-3 with his sixth homer and three RBIs in Game 1. Kobi Candaroma hit his second homer of the year. Nick Sueppel was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Austin Hilpipre scored twice.

Mount Mercy finished the regular season at 25-21 overall and 16-14 in the conference. Central Methodist is 32-12 overall and 19-8 in the league.



Heick stars as Mustangs split

OLATHE, Kan. - Jess Heick had a big game to remember Saturday as the Mount Mercy softball team topped MidAmerica Nazarene, 11-5, in the second game of their Heart of America Conference doubleheader.

MidAmerica Nazarene won the first game, 7-4.

Heick went 4-for-5 with two homers and six RBIs in the 11-5 victory in Game 1. The Mount Mercy third baseman had belted only one homer all season before connecting twice on Saturday.

Jaicee Lyons went 2-for-2 with three RBIs for the Mustangs in the victory. Payton Bruner, Jessica Miller and Jolona Shield had two hits. Tawny Menster drove in two runs.

Jayna Witzany (11-7) pitched a complete game for the victory.



Berdecia stars as Mustangs sweep

MARSHALL, Mo. - Tito Berdecia had a big day at the plate Friday as the  Mount Mercy Mustangs slammed Missouri Valley, 15-4 and 9-2, in a Heart  of America Conference doubleheader.

Berdecia went 5-for-8 with four runs, eight RBIs, three doubles and a  home run as the Mustangs raised their records to 24-20 overall and  15-13 in the conference. Missouri Valley fell to 15-25 overall and  9-16 in the league.

Berdecia went 3-for-4 with three runs, five RBIs, a double and his  fifth homer  in the 15-4 cakewalk in the opener. Kobi Kandaroma was  2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Corbin Day was 2-for-3 with three  RBIs. Collin Shrader also had two hits in a 15-hit attack. Nick  Sueppel drove in two runs.

Dylan Campbell (6-4) pitched five innings for the victory in Game 1.



Menster nets 12th win for Mustangs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Tawny Menster collected her 12th victory and drove  in three runs Friday as the Mount Mercy softball team split a Heart of  America Conference doubleheader with Evangel.

Menster (12-3) pitched a complete game as the Mustangs won the opener,  6-2. Evangel took the nightcap, 9-3.

The split left Mount Mercy at 29-19 overall and 20-14 in the  conference. Evangel is 21-23 overall and 12-20 in the league.

Jess Heick went 3-for-4 for Mount Mercy in Game 1. Jessica Miller was  2-for-3 and scored twice. Payton Bruner had two doubles and Menster  drove in two runs to help her own cause.



Mustang softball wins 8th straight

PERU, Neb. - Some college softball teams would have ducked for cover  after losing straight games in the middle of the season, but not the  Mount Mercy Mustangs.

The Mustangs have followed their seven-game skid with an eight-game  winning streak to resurrect their promising campaign.

Coach Larry Yoder's team swept Peru State, 7-0 and 7-1, in a Heart of  America Conference doubleheader Thursday in Nebraska.

Mount Mercy is now 28-18 overall and 19-13 in the conference. Peru  State fell to 7-37 overall and 6-28 in the league.

Tawny Menster (11-3) pitched a three-hit shutout in the 7-0 victory in  Game 1, with 10 strikeouts and no walks. Emily Oler went 2-for-3 with  two RBIs and socked her eighth homer of the season. Payton Bruner was  3-for-4 with three stolen bases. Oler and Bruner scored twice.

Madelyn Irwin (7-4) allowed one run on three hits during her five  innings in the circle in the nightcap. Jayna Witzany pitched two  spotless innings with three strikeouts in relief.



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