HICKORY, N.C. - Bennett Mann's second home run of the season wasn't enough as the Marshalltown Community College baseball team surrendered four late runs in a 5-2 loss to Catawba Valley Community College in non-conference play Thursday.
The Tigers (3-6) tallied eight hits and three extra-base knocks, but also committed three errors for their third straight defeat with the Buccaneers rallying behind two-run frames in the seventh and eighth innings.
Mann tied the game at 1-1 with a solo shot in the top of the fifth and Ty Russell's RBI-double plated Austin Allen for the go-ahead run in the sixth. Kyle Herrick relieved MCC starter Parker Rolfes and tossed a scoreless sixth inning, before the Buccaneers tagged the freshman for four runs over their next two at-bats.
Herrick (0-2) took the loss allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits in two innings. Rolfes gave up one run on six hits in five frames. Pedro Lopez doubled for the Tigers' other extra-base hit. No stats were available for Catawba.
MCC will play a four-game series at Guilford Technical Community College starting with a nine-inning game today. The teams will play another nine-frame contest Saturday followed by a pair of seven-inning games on Sunday.
MCC women fall at Iowa Lakes
ESTHERVILLE - Unable to sustain a 12-point halftime cushion, the Marshalltown Community College women's basketball team dropped its fourth straight game in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play Wednesday.
Iowa Lakes opened the second half on a 16-9 run and outscored the Tigers 40-24 in the final 20 minutes to hand MCC a 63-59 defeat. Leah Courtney led the Lakers with 15 points and nine rebounds to help Iowa Lakes (5-22, 2-11) overcome a 35-23 deficit at intermission.
Iowa Lakes outrebounded the Tigers 45-24, including a 13-3 advantage on the offensive glass. Mackenzie Gott led MCC (16-9, 7-6) with a game-high 18 points and Jasmin Howe had 11. Ashley Salgado tallied seven assists, five points and four rebounds. Then Tigers committed just five turnovers but that was negated by a 15-0 advantage in second-chance points for the Lakers.
Macy Dahl added 10 points and seven assists, while Aliyah Gipson added 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Four different Lakers had seven rebounds or more as Gott paced MCC with five. Jamerka Martin scored nine and Ilsie Calles chipped in seven points for the Tigers, who remain fifth in the ICCAC Division II standings.
The Tigers will face Grand View University's junior varsity squad on the road Monday at 7 p.m.