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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Gaffey's blast helps Mustangs split

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Amanda Gaffey belted a three-run homer to help the Mount Mercy softball team trim Faulkner, 6-5, in the first game of a doubleheader in Alabama on Tuesday.

Faulkner won the second game, 6-2.

The Mustangs trailed 5-2 heading into the top of the sixth inning of the opener. Gaffey's three-run blast tied the game, 5-5, with one out. Ellie Rizor doubled, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored the go-ahead run on a two-out, pinch-hit single by Cayla Bantz.

Hannah Petersen pitched the first five innings and got the victory. Claudia Magana tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the save. Gaffey and Magana had two hits apiece.



Hayden needs Tommy John Surgery

Mount Mercy pitcher Alex Hayden has been diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right arm and is scheduled for Tommy John Surgery April 10.

Hayden was injured during a routine bullpen session in late February. An MRI revealed the torn UCL. The doctor who works with the Minnesota Twins and University of Minnesota will perform the operation in Minneapolis.

Hayden compiled a 1-0 record and 2.45 ERA in two starts for the Mustangs this season. He also hit .250 as a second baseman.

Hayden starred at Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Iowa Central Community College before enrolling at Mount Mercy last summer as a junior.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 21:14

Diercks named Mount Mercy bowling coach

The Mount Mercy men's and women's bowling teams have a new head coach and it's a familiar face. Andy Diercks, former Mustang assistant and interim head coach, is taking over the program, Athletics Director Scot Reisinger announced Tuesday.

"We are excited to name Andy as our next head bowling coach," Reisinger said. "He showed outstanding leadership to the bowling program as interim coach. Andy is known throughout the bowling community as a teacher of the game and his reputation and contacts will help him recruit top student-athletes to Mount Mercy."

Diercks has resigned as the boys bowling coach at Linn-Mar High School to take the job at Mount Mercy.

Diercks had been interim head coach since December and previously served as an assistant coach with the Mustangs for two seasons. He was part of the Mount Mercy coaching staff during the 2012-13 campaign when the men's team reached the final eight at the Intercollegiate Team Championships and the women's squad won the Midwest Collegiate Conference title.

"I am excited to become the head coach of the Mount Mercy bowling programs and I hope to continue building on the success we have already had in this relatively young program," said Diercks. "The University provides a fantastic education that I am proud to recruit for."

Diercks is a United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Silver Coach and Gold Candidate and is the only IBPSIA Certified Technician in the state of Iowa. His previous coaching experience included time with the International Art of Bowling (IAB) and six years as head coach of the Linn-Mar High School boys' bowling team.

With IAB, Diercks was a staff coach and manager, working with Jason Belmonte (two-time PBA Player of the Year), Diandra Asbaty (2012 Queens Champion) and USBC Gold Coach Ron Hoppe. He also served as Tournament Director for the Elite Youth Tour until 2014.

At Linn-Mar, Diercks led the Lions to three Mississippi Valley Conference titles and two regional championships. He was the 2013 MVC Coach of the Year and the Metro Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2013.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:25

Defending champs sweep Mount Mercy

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Defending NAIA softball national champion Auburn Montgomery flexed its muscles Monday against Mount Mercy sweeping a doubleheader, 16-3 and 8-0.

In the opener, the Mustangs manage four hits in the five-inning contest. Kira Dailey and Morgan Stickles each had RBI singles for Mount Mercy (7-6).

Mount Mercy was held to two hits in the nightcap. No. 3 Auburn Montgomery is 18-4


Mount Mercy             000 03 -   3  5 4
Auburn Montgomery 860 2x - 16 17 2

Moore, Kron (1) Nimmo (2) and Ferguson. Jones, Hale (3) and Shaw, Angulo (3). W - Jones (14-2), L - Moore (2-3). Sv - Hale (1). HR - Driggers (1), Spain (7)


Mount Mercy             000 000 -  0  2  2
Auburn Montgomery 100 061 -  8  5  0

Magana, Nimmo (5), Kron (6) and Ferguson. Powell and Shaw. W - Powell (3-0) L - Magana (2-2)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 05:42

Mustang golfers fifth at Moravia

MORAVIA - Madison Goodfellow's two-day total of 166 led the Mount Mercy women's golfers to a fifth-place finish at the Iowa Intercollegiate Championships played on The Preserve on Rathbun Lake Golf Course.

William Penn won the event with a two-day total of 634, easily outidistancing Truman State (660). William Penn's Maggie Yang Was the medalist shooting 155 (77-78).

Mount Mercy finished at 692. Goodfellow finished in a tie for 12th.

1. William Penn 634 (310-324), 2. Truman (Mo.) 660 (332-328), 3. William Penn B 667 (336-331), 4. Davenport (Mich.) 686 (346-340), 5. Mount Mercy 692 (349-343), 6. AIB 693 (347-346), 7. Clarke 710 (361-349), 8. Central Methodist 733 (361-372).

MOUNT MERCY: T12. Madison Goodfellow 83-83 166, T18. Meg Monson 87-84-171, T18. Kelsey Dircks 87-84-171, T31. Paige Menger 92-92-184, T40. Chelsea Gryp 98-97-195

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 05:21

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