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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs belt 5 homers in sweep

GRINNELL - The Mount Mercy softball team hit five home runs Saturday and swept a doubleheader from Grinnell, 10-4 and 8-1, in Grinnell.

Shannon Stone and Amanda Gaffey connected in the first game as the Mustangs prevailed, 10-4. LJ Putzier belted two homers and Gaffey connected again as the Mustangs took the nightcap, 8-1.

The sweep lifted Mount Mercy to 10-13 overall. Grinnell remained winless for the season at 0-16.

Ellie Rizor went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs for Mount Mercy in the first game. Putzier, Gaffey and Brianna Sturtz had two hits. Liz Moore and Tori Nimmo split the pitching for the Mustangs.



Sanborn, Flexsenhar win titles for Mustangs

PELLA - Nicole Sanborn and Suzanne Flexsenhar of Mount Mercy won titles at the Central College Track Invitational in Pella Thursday.

Sanborn claimed the long jump at 5.24 meters and Flexsenhar captured the javelin with a throw of 33.96 meters.

The Mount Mercy women's track team had second-place finishes from Jade Gridiron in the 100 (12.75), the 4x100 relay (50.12) and the 4x400 relay (4:09.12). The Mustangs had third-place showings from Aminah Baloch in the 100 (12.94), Dana Ewan in the 5000 (19:35.35), Liz Mosbach in the long jump (5.16 meters) and Mosbach in the triple jump (10.58 meters).

Anthony Kinley placed second in the 3000 steeplechase for the Mount Mercy men's track team (10:18.21). Anthony Crawley placed third in the javelin (47.88 meters).

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 20:19



Czerwiec tosses 2-hitter for Mustangs

Austin Czerwiec pitched a two-hitter Thursday as Mount Mercy trimmed AIB, 3-1, in the first game of a Midwest Collegiate Conference doubleheader at Ken Charipar Field.

AIB won the nightcap, 7-4.

Czerwiec was touched for a single in the fifth inning and another single in the sixth inning, the only hits off him all day. AIB scored its only run in the fourth inning with two walks, a sacrifice bunt and an infield grounder.

Mount Mercy took a 1-0 lead in the opener on an RBI single by Cody Bell in the first inning. The Mustangs made it 3-0 in the third inning on a two-run double by Patrick Haney. Bell and Cody Williams had two hits in the game.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 20:13



Heart of America says 'yes' to Mustangs

Mount Mercy University has found a new home for its sports teams in the Heart of America Conference, but membership comes with a kicker.

The Mustangs can participate in the league for the next three years, but they must have a varsity football team by the 2018 season to stay in the conference at that point.

Scot Reisinger, the athletic director at Mount Mercy, said the Mustangs will happily accept the offer from the Heart of America and begin working on a decision about football.

The presidents from the Heart of America schools voted Wednesday to invite Mount Mercy and Clarke University of Dubuque into their league. Clarke has announced plans to add football by 2018 and the Heart of America commissioner expects Mount Mercy to follow suit.

Mount Mercy officials have discussed adding football, but no decisions have been made.

"We will begin our process to ensure it (football) is a good fit for all of us on our campus and hopefully be able to commit to that 2018 deadline," Reisinger said Thursday.

Reisinger said Mount Mercy plans to make a final decision about football by the end of the 2015 calendar year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 14:21



South runs away with Spring Eagle Classic

Mount Mercy golfer Jack South turned the Hunters Ridge Golf Course into his personal playpen Monday in the final round of the Spring Eagle Classic.

South, a senior from Birmingham, England, fired a 3-under-par 69 and captured the two-day tournament with a 5-under total of 139. He won the title by seven shots over Josh Bousman of Ashford University.

Mount Mercy golfers dominated the event with four spots in the top-7, but the Mustangs competed as individuals and were not counted in the team standings. Ashford won the title at 606. Mount Mercy would have won the tournament by 13 strokes with a 593.

Carson Whittington of Kirkwood, Jacob Selander of Mount Mercy and Ben Franklin of Mount Mercy tied for fourth place at 7-over 151. Colton Clemmer of Mount Mercy tied for seventh at 152.



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