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Spring opener ends in losing sweep for MCC baseball

February 29, 2008
WARNER, Okla. — The Marshalltown Community College baseball team nearly pulled out the second game of its season-opening doubleheader on its spring trip to Connors State College.

The Tigers fell 13-0 in five innings to the host Cowboys in the first game of Thursday’s twinbill, but fought back to force extra innings in a 6-5 loss in 10 innings in the nightcap.

Connors State, 41-17 a year ago, is ranked seventh in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll.

The Cowboys collected 10 hits in the 13-0 opener while dealing MCC a no-hitter. Trenton Wood and Clinton Rhodes combined to pitch Marshalltown’s four innings, Rhodes going the final three.

In the nightcap, sophomore lefthander Adam Versendaal threw five hitless innings for the Tigers, allowing only one run. Jesse Bailey suffered the loss in his 4 1/3 innings, allowing just two runs.

Sophomore outfielder Jess Sorensen had two of MCC’s five hits, scoring once. Eitan Maoz was 1-for-2 with a run scored. Luke Putz and Brian Clark both went 1-for-5, Putz with an RBI single and Clark with a double.

The Tigers remain in Warner, Okla., for games today and Saturday.


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