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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Lloyd tosses shutout for Mount Mercy

EMERSON, Ga. - Adam Lloyd tossed a three-hit shutout Saturday as the Mount Mercy Mustangs blanked Shawnee State, 1-0, at the Perfect Game College Spring Swing event in Georgia.

Lloyd pitched a complete game, struck out three batters and did not walk anyone.

Cody Collender scored the game-winning run for the Mustangs in the top of the seventh inning on an error.

Cody Bell gave Mount Mercy a strong outing on the mound in a 5-4 victory over Bluefield in an earlier game Saturday. Bell pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed three earned runs to get the win. Andrew Raymer got the final out for a save.

Tarran Beasley went 2-for-4 and had the game-winning RBI in the top of the seventh. Collender drove in two runs and Cody Williams scored twice.

Bell and Lloyd are Cedar Rapids Kennedy grads.

Mount Mercy compiled a 3-1 record on its trip to Georgia.


Lindstrom wins league title for Mustangs

CRETE, Neb. - James Lindstrom of Mount Mercy captured the mile run in 4 minutes, 26.79 seconds Saturday at the Heart of America Conference indoor track meet in Crete, Neb.

The Mount Mercy men received second-place showings from Evan Bowman in the 5000 (15:52.70), Jon Anderson in the 3000 race walk and Bowman in the 3000 (9:09.87). Colton Forster placed third in the 3000 (9:10.19).

Bri'anna Branch finished second in the 60 meter dash for the Mount Mercy women (7.96). The Mustangs placed second in the 4x800 relay (9:42.88) and Dana Ewan was third in the 5000 (18:18.14).

The Mount Mercy men finished seventh out of 13 teams in the standings. The Mount Mercy women finished fifth out of 13 teams.


Mustangs split 2 baseball games

EMERSON, Ga. - The Mount Mercy University baseball team began the 2016 season Friday by splitting two games at the Perfect Game College Spring Swing in Emerson, Ga.

Cale Henke pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts as the Mustangs edged Bluefield, 2-1, in their first game. Henke tossed a complete game and did not walk a single batter.

Jimmy Lizarraga delivered a two-run single in the third inning, driving in Cody Williams and Devon Holmes.

Mount Mercy lost to Judson, 4-1, in its second game. Nick Ledinsky pitched six innings for the Mustangs, allowing four hits and all four earned runs.

Cody Bell hit a triple and scored the only run for the Mustangs. Lizarraga had a double.

Mount Mercy is scheduled to play two more games Saturday in Georgia.


Mount Mercy baseball team set for action

It might be a little chilly in Georgia this weekend, but that's okay with the Mount Mercy University baseball team.

The Mustangs are ready to play ball.

Mount Mercy will participate in the Perfect Game College Spring Swing event at the new LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center in Emerson, Ga., with two games Friday and two more Saturday.

The weather forecast for Friday is for a high temperate of 55 degrees. Saturday's forecast calls for 36 degrees, but it's supposed to be dry and sunny.

"We're ready. We need to play," Mount Mercy coach Jack Dahm said before the Mustangs hopped on a bus Thursday for the 12-hour ride to Georgia. "There's only so much you can get done inside.

"We're at that point where we need to play someone else and get outside and see where we're at with things. We've got a long ways to go as a team and a program, but it will be nice to be outside."

The new baseball complex in Emerson currently features eight regulation diamonds, all with synthetic turf for easy maintenance. They are currently building eight more fields on a second campus, with full development expected by 2018.

Perfect Game USA, which was founded in Cedar Rapids, is a partner in the LakePoint complex and has an office in Emerson. The Perfect Game College Spring Swing will feature more than 70 teams in February and March.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016 20:05



Big second half carries Mustangs

No. 21 Mount Mercy pulled away in the second half, led by 20 points from Kyle Lamaak, to easily down Clarke, 72-49, on Wednesday night at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs (20-6) led 33-26 at halftime before coming on strong in the second 20 minutes. CJ Parker added 12 points, Alex Houston 11 and Ben Struss 10 for Mount Mercy. Chris Ford had 10 rebounds.

Haris Takes led Clarke with 14 points.

CLARKE (49): Neis 0 0-1 0, Walker 6 0-1 12, Morningstar 0 3-4 3, Hawthorne 0 0-0 0, Bolden 2 1-2 5, Dauphin 1 0-0 3, Takes 3 8-9 14, Sailsbery 4 2-3 12, Landwer 0 0-0 0, Squiers 0 0-0 0, Schneider 0 0-0 0, Lange 0 0-0 0. 16 14-20 49.

MOUNT MERCY (72): Strong 0 0-0 0, Houston 3 5-7 11, Wagner 3 0-0 7, Ford 1 1-2 3, Parker 5 0-0 12, Murdock 1 0-0 3, Villagrana 0 0-0 0, Julien 0 0-0 0, Brawner-Henley 0 0-0 0, Bedford 1 0-0 2, Koeppel 0 0-0 0, Lamaak 10 0-3 20, Struss 4 0-0 10, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Gogg 2 0-0 4. Totals: 30 6-12 72.

Halftime: Mount Mercy 33, Clarke 26. 3-point goals: Clarke 3 (Dauphin, Salisbery 2), Mount Mercy 6 (Wagner, Parker 2, Murdock, Struss 2).


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