MCC baseball splits roadie with Kirkwood

CEDAR RAPIDS After dropping a game one heartbreaker, the Marshalltown Community College baseball team snapped its seven-game skid with 5-0 victory in the nightcap to split with Kirkwood on the road Thursday.

The Eagles won the opener 1-0 on a walk-off single despite strong outings from starter Austin Battaglia and reliever Kyle Herrick. Battaglia allowed just one hit in three innings, while Herrick kept Kirkwood (11-7) off the bases for three innings before an error in the seventh led to the only run of the game.

Eric Kent tallied the lone hit for the Tigers (9-18), which stranded two runners in their final at-bat.

Freshman Parker Rolfes dominated in game two giving up just one hit in three frames to pick up his first collegiate victory. Prince De Marco and John Bloom, an East Marshall grad, teamed up with Rolfes for the four-hit shutout.

Held to seven runs in their last seven games, the Tigers scored five runs on six hits in game two to end their skid. Daryl Blaskovich was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI to lead the way while Ty Russell and former Bobcat Bennett Mann each drove in a run. Russell scored twice.

Due to unplayable conditions in Marshalltown, the Tigers have rescheduled their home series for the road at Muscatine Community College. The four-game series starts Saturday at 2 p.m. while Sunday’s first pitch is set for noon.