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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mack helps Mount Mercy slam Clarke

Michelle Mack belted a grand-slam in the sixth inning Wednesday to  help Mount Mercy top Clarke, 5-2, in the first game of their Heart of  America Conference doubleheader at Busse Field.

The Mustangs took the nightcap, 5-1, on a rainy evening in northeast  Cedar Rapids for the sweep.

The twin-killing lifted Mount Mercy into first place in the North  Division standings with an 8-2 record in the conference. The Mustangs  are 15-7 overall for the campaign.

Mount Mercy trailed, 2-1, in the sixth inning of the opener when Mack  lofted a fly ball over the fence in left field with the bases loaded.  Tawny Menster (6-0) retired Clarke in the top of the seventh to finish  the victory.



Menster helps Mustangs sweep into 1st place

OSKALOOSA - Tawny Menster won one game with her arm Tuesday and helped  win another game with her bat.

Her exploits helped the Mount Mercy softball team sweep William Penn,  3-0 and 5-3, and move into a tie for first place in the North Division  of the Heart of America Conference.

Menster (5-0) pitched a three-hit shutout in the 3-0 victory in Game 1  with five strikeouts and no walks. She belted a three-run homer in the  5-3 victory in Game 2 to give the Mustangs the lead in the fifth inning.

The sweep lifted Mount Mercy to 13-7 overall and 6-2 in the  conference. The Mustangs are tied with Grand View for first place in  the North Division of the Heart of America.

Payton Bruner, Emily Oler and Sydney Robertson had two hits in the  opener. Oler belted a home run and drove in two runs.



Mount Mercy baseball nipped by Penn

OSKALOOSA - The Mount Mercy baseball team was trimmed by William Penn,  4-3, in a Heart of America Conference game in Oskaloosa Tuesday.

The Mustangs fell to 14-16 overall and 9-11 in the conference. The  Statesmen raised their records to 22-6 overall and 8-3 in the league.

Evan Jackson had two hits for Mount Mercy. The Mustangs took a 3-2  lead in the top of the eighth, but William Penn scored twice in the  bottom of the eighth and held on for the victory.



Menster's slam lifts Mount Mercy

Tawny Menster belted a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday to snap a 5-5 tie and give the Mount Mercy softball team a 9-5 victory over Culver-Stockton in the first game of their Heart of America Conference doubleheader at Busse Field.

Culver-Stockton won the second game, 9-4.

Mount Mercy trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning of the opener. They tied the game, 5-5, then Menster delivered her walk-off homer with the bases loaded.

Menster was 2-for-4 in the ballgame and scored twice. Jessica Miller, Jess Heick and Morgan Braughton also had two hits. Jolona Shield drove in two runs. Miller scored twice. Jayna Witzany picked up the victory in relief of Menster.



Mount Mercy baseball drops pair

PERU, Neb. - Peru State swept the Mount Mercy baseball team, 7-1 and  4-3, in a Heart of America Conference doubleheader Sunday.

Mount Mercy fell to 14-15 overall and 9-10 in the league. Peru State  raised its marks to 13-13 overall and 10-3 in the conference.

The Mustangs collected only three singles in the 7-1 loss in the  opener. Chase Costa collected an RBI as a pinch-hitter.

Mount Mercy trailed, 3-2, heading into the top of the ninth inning in  the nightcap. The Mustangs scored to tie the game on a pinch-hit homer  by Costa, but Peru State tallied in the bottom of the ninth for a  walk-off victory.



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