Kirkwood pitching silences Tigers’ bats in twin defeats

CEDAR RAPIDS – With just two losses on the season, the Kirkwood baseball team showed why it is receiving votes in the most recent NJCAA Division II poll.

The Eagles got two solid pitching efforts and collected 17 hits in beating Marshalltown Community College twice Tuesday.

Kirkwood (16-2) jumped out to an early lead in the opener and never looked back, winning 7-4, and then cranked out 10 hits in the second game and won 10-6 despite committing six errors in the field.

The Tigers (9-7) could only muster five hits in the opener and six in the nightcap. William Salas had three hits and scored a run in the first game for MCC but no other Tiger hitter had more than one hit. In the second game, Andrew Utterback went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored but the rest of the lineup went 4-for-28 in the loss.

MCC led the second game 4-0 after three innings but Kirkwood recovered to plate five runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth to win.

Austin Fisher took the loss in game one after allowing one earned run in one inning. John Bloom and Zach Throckmorten also threw for the Tigers. Kirkwood starter Brian Daphney collected the win, allowing four earned runs in five innings. He walked seven and struck out five.

Taylor Moon started but did not factor in the decision in the second game. Tanner Smith threw 1 1/3 innings of relief but took the loss after surrendering four earned runs.

The Tigers next play at Iowa Central on Thursday. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.