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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mount Mercy splits with Graceland

STERLING, Kan. - Mount Mercy scored twice in the top of the seventh inning Sunday to snap a 2-2 tie and defeat Graceland, 4-2, in the second game of a doubleheader in Sterling, Kan.

Graceland won the first game, 11-3.

Cody Williams scored two runs for the Mustangs in the victory. Devin Holmes, Cody Bell and Jimmy Lizarraga had RBIs. Evan Boddicker pitched the first 4 1/3 innings and allowed only one run. Brett Malsam pitched the final 1 2/3 innings in relief and got the victory.

Holmes had two hits for Mount Mercy in the first game. The split left the Mustangs with a 5-7 record.

GAME 1

GRACELAND (11): Salas, ss, 4 0 1 1, Figueroa, 2b, 1 2 0 0, Abbott, 2b, 2 0 0 0, Redhead, 1b, 3 2 1 0, Holland, c, 3 0 2 3, Frazier, cr, 0 3 0 0, Allen, cf, 2 2 2 2, Hernandez, 3b, 1 0 0 1, Froloff, dh, 3 0 1 1, Cuckovich, lf, 2 1 0 0, Hudson, ph, 0 0 0 0, Reynolds, rf, 2 0 0 0, Nowell, ph, 1 1 1 1, Harper, p, 0 0 0 0, Middleton, p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 24 11 8 9.

MOUNT MERCY (3): Williams, cf, 3 0 0 0, Daugherty, ph, 0 1 0 0, Holmes, ss, 3 0 2 0, Baida, ph, 1 0 1 1, Czerwiec, 2b, 3 0 0 0, Dahm, ph, 0 0 0 1, Haney, 1b, 2 0 0 0, Warwick, ph, 1 0 0 1, Bell, lf, 3 0 0 0, Eberly, ph, 1 0 0 0, Knox, rf, 1 0 0 0, Barrett, ph, 0 0 0 0, Henke, dh, 4 0 1 0, Badillo, c, 2 0 0 0, Jourdan, ph, 1 1 0 0, Darichuk, 3b, 3 1 1 0, Lloyd, p, 0 0 0 0, Holmes, p, 0 0 0 0, Paz, p, 0 0 0 0, Larson, p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 28 3 5 3.

Graceland     300 341 0 - 11 8 2
Mount Mercy   000 003 0 - 3 5 6

Harper, Middleton (6) and Holland. Lloyd, Holmes (4), Paz (5), Larson (7) and Badillo. W - Harper. L - Lloyd. 3B - Holland.

GAME 2

MOUNT MERCY (4): Williams, cf, 2 2 1 0, Holmes, ss, 2 1 0 1, Czerwiez, 3b, 3 0 1 0, Haney, 1b, 3 0 0 0, Bell, lf, 3 1 1 1, Knox, rf, 3 0 0 0, Henke, dh, 3 0 0 0, Lizarraga, c, 3 0 1 1, Dahm, 2b, 2 0 1 0, Daugherty, ph, 1 0 0 0, Boddicker, p, 0 0 0 0, Flaherty, p, 0 0 0 0, Malsam, p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 25 4 5 3.

GRACELAND (2): Salas, ss, 3 1 2 1, Figueroa, 2b, 2 0 0 0, Redhead, 1b, 4 0 1 1, Nowell, dh, 4 0 1 0, Allen, cf, 3 0 0 0, Goff, 3b, 2 0 1 0, Frazier, pr, 0 1 0 0, Solis, c, 3 0 0 0, Abbott, pr, 0 0 0 0, Froloff, ph, 1 0 0 0, Hudson, lf, 2 0 0 0, Holland, ph, 1 0 0 0, Reynolds, rf, 2 0 1 0, Hernandez, ph, 0 0 0 0, Gutierrez, p, 0 0 0 0, McGuire, p, 0 0 0 0, Montanez, p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 27 2 6 2.

Mount Mercy   010 010 2 - 4 5 1
Graceland     100 001 0 - 2 6 2

Boddicker, Flaherty (5), Malsam (6) and Lizarraga. Gutierrez, McGuire (7), Montanez (7) and Solis. W - Malsam. L - Gutierrez. 2B - Williams, Salas.

 

Mount Mercy baseball gets split

STERLING, Kan. - Christian Knox belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning Saturday to help Mount Mercy clip Sterling, 3-1, in a well-pitched college baseball game.

Austin Czerwiec tossed a complete game for the Mustangs but was on the short end of a 1-0 score going into the seventh and final inning. The Mustangs scored three times in the top of the seventh and Czerwiez finished the job on the mound in the bottom of the seventh.

Mount Mercy lost to Graceland, 8-4, in its first game Saturday in Kansas. Czerwiec, Cody Bell and Jimmy Lizarraga all had two hits for the Mustangs. Bell drove in two runs.

The split left the Mustangs with a 4-6 record.

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Mosbach takes 5th at NAIA 600 run

GENEVA, Ohio - Mount Mercy junior Liz Mosbach placed fifth in the 600 meter run at the NAIA national indoor track meet Saturday in Geneva, Ohio.

Mosbach was timed in 1:34.07, setting a school record and earning All-America honors.

Mosbach also finished 22nd in the long jump at 16 feet, 7 1/4 inches.

   

Gavin grateful for his life with Mustangs

Paul Gavin was a young assistant basketball coach at Mount Mercy in 1992 when the head coach left and the Mustangs needed a new man to run the show.

After a few weeks of not knowing what would happen next, he requested a meeting with Dr. Tom Feld, the college president, to see if he might be allowed to apply for the job.

"I sat down and said, 'I'm young, I'm green, but I love this place, I'd love an opportunity to at least get an interview,'" Gavin said Wednesday night, "and he assured me I'd get an interview.

"The next day I got to work and I still remember this: I had a message from the president and I thought, 'Oh, boy,'" Gavin related, a tinge of trepidation in his voice. "He invited me down and he actually gave me the job."

Gavin, now 48, was 25 years old at the time.

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Osborne named league MVP for Mustangs

Mount Mercy senior Dondre Osborne has been named the Most Valuable Player in the Midwest Collegiate Conference after leading the Mustangs to the league championship and the NAIA Division II national tournament.

Paul Gavin of Mount Mercy has been named the MCC Coach of the Year. Ian Matos of Mount Mercy joined Osborne on the all-conference first team. James Boonstoppel, Kyle Lamaak and Ben Struss received honorable mention.

Abby Herb and Christa Oldham of Mount Mercy were named to the women's all-conference team. Makenzie Zeitler received honorable mention.

Osborne, from Zion, Ill., is averaging 14.6 points, 5.0 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He ranks sixth in the nation in total steals (73) and 17th in assists (149). Osborne was an iron man for the Mustangs in league games, averaging 38.2 minutes per contest.

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