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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs get 2 walk-off victories

The Mount Mercy baseball team came through in the clutch Wednesday to  sweep a non-conference doubleheader from Viterbo, 8-7 and 4-3, at the  Plaster Athletic Complex.

The Mustangs won both of the games in their final at-bat for a pair of  walk-off victories.

Kobi Candaroma, Tito Berdecia, Corbin Day and Parker Johnson had two  hits for Mount Mercy in the 8-7 victory in Game 1. Owen Oreskovich  drove in three runs. Manny Olutunde and Day had two RBIs. Candaroma  and Nick Sueppel scored twice.

The opener was tied 7-7 going into the bottom of the eighth in extra  innings. Viterbo pitcher Austin Stibbe hit three batters in the frame  and plunked Oreskovich with the bases loaded to force in the winning  run.

Viterbo took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning of the  nightcap, Nick Sueppel made it 3-2 when he was hit by a pitch with the  bases loaded, then Berdecia delivered a two-run single to win the game.

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No. 8 Mustangs clinch tie for Heart title

DUBUQUE - The eighth-ranked Mount Mercy men's volleyball team clinched  at least a tie for the Heart of America Conference regular-season  title Tuesday night with a clutch victory in Dubuque.

The Mustangs trimmed Clarke, 3-2, in their final match of the league  campaign to finish the season with a 9-1 record in the conference.

Grand View, which is ranked No. 4 in the country, is currently 8-1 in  the conference and can tie Mount Mercy with a victory over Graceland  Thursday night in its final match of the regular season.

Mount Mercy and Clarke traded victories in the first four sets,  leaving the match tied at 2-2 heading into the final set. The Mustangs  prevailed, 15-11, in the fifth set to earn a share of the conference  crown.

Mount Mercy won 25-15, 20-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-11.

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Babcock earns top spot at Eagle Spring Classic

Will Babcock of Kirkwood fired a 4-under-par 68 Monday to capture the  top prize at the Eagle Spring Classic at Hunters Ridge.

Babcock finished at 6-under 138 for the 36-hole event and topped  Philip Nelson of Mount Mercy by three shots. William Bruyeres of Mount  Mercy and Dawson Peters of Kirkwood tied for third at 1-under 143.

Mount Mercy trimmed Kirkwood by four strokes, 582 to 586, for the team  championship in the six-team field.

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Pershing hired as assistant A.D. by Mustangs

Jason Pershing, a former basketball player at Mount Mercy University,  will be returning to his alma mater as the first assistant athletic  director in school history.

Pershing has resigned as the boys basketball coach at Solon High  School to accept his new post at Mount Mercy, according to The Gazette.

Pershing, a Cedar Rapids Washington grad, played basketball at Mount  Mercy from 2001 through 2003 when Paul Gavin was the school's head  coach. Gavin is now the athletic director and Pershing will be his top  assistant.

Mount Mercy has added men's volleyball and competitive dance as  varsity sports in recent years and is exploring the possibility of  adding more varsity teams in the future.

In addition, Mount Mercy opened the new Plaster Athletic Complex two  years ago for soccer, track, baseball and softball, with the  possibility of adding football and lacrosse.

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Wilson leads Kirkwood to national title

DANVILLE, Ill. - Doug Wilson played like an All-American Saturday night. Better yet, he played like a national champion.

Wilson poured in 30 points and snared 15 rebounds for a monster double-double as Kirkwood topped Johnson County Community College, 64-58, in the championship game of the NJCAA Division II national tournament at the Mary Miller Center in Danville, Ill.

Wilson canned 13 of 23 shots, blocked five shots, handed out four assists and even banked in the first 3-pointer of his career to beat the shot clock at a critical point in the game.

For his efforts, the 6-foot-7 sophomore from Des Moines was honored as the MVP of the tournament. Two of his buddies, Devonte Thedford and Allante Pickens, joined Wilson on the all-tournament team.

Wilson was simply magnificent in the biggest game of the year on a national stage.

"He's the best I've ever coached," said Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen, who pocketed his second national title in four years. "He's a special winner. And how much he's grown.

"Tonight was another night where he just put us on his back for a few moments and got it done. I can't say enough about his leadership and how much he bought into our program.

"He's one of the best ones to ever wear an Eagle uniform."

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