CLINTON – The NIACC baseball team’s season came to a close Sunday afternoon with a 12-8 loss to DMACC at the Region XI tournament at Ashford University Field in Clinton.
DMACC (27-27) used a nine-run third inning to stay alive in the tournament.
NIACC (37-20-1) put itself back in the game (10-8) with a five-run seventh inning, which included a grand slam from Nate VanKan.
DMACC scored two insurance runs in its half of the ninth inning to push the gap to four runs and the Bears held the Trojans scoreless in the bottom of the ninth inning.
NIACC earlier in the tournament beat Northeast Community College 7-2 on Thursday, fell to Kirkwood in eight innings on Friday 13-5, beat Iowa Central 7-6 on Saturday, before falling to DMACC in Sunday’s elimination bracket game.
DMACC beat Southeastern 5-3 and will face Kirkwood in the regional championship round today.
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS — The Iowa baseball team pounded out 14 hits en route to a 10-7 victory over Northwestern in Sunday’s series finale at Rocky Miller Park.
The victory is Iowa’s 29th of the season, moving the Hawkeyes record to 29-18 overall, 10-9 in Big Ten play.
Iowa manufactured runs early, using a two-out rally in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. After Matt Hoeg walked and stole second, sophomore Ben Norman hit an RBI single down the left field line to give Iowa the 1-0 advantage. The Hawkeyes made it 2-0 when Norman scored on a throwing error by Wildcat catcher Jack Claeys.
After Northwestern put up a three spot in the third to take a 3-2 lead, the Hawkeyes scored two in the fourth, one in the sixth, and three in the seventh to build a 8-3 lead.
“We got a great start out of Jack Dreyer today, he was solid”, said Iowa coach Rick Heller. “The defense let him down in the third inning, but he overcame it and ended up going five strong. Ben Probst and Cam Baumann did a nice job after Dreyer. We had to go to Daniels at the end, but it was a good day from those guys on the mound.”
Northwestern made things interesting in the ninth, putting up a three spot, courtesy of a three-run Claeys home run to right field to bring the Wildcats within three runs. Junior Zach Daniels got the final out to tally his fifth save of the season.
Dreyer earned his second win in as many weeks, scattering four hits and allowing three runs (one earned) over five innings. The southpaw finished with six strikeouts, tying a career-high.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out 11 while pitching three-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Zack Cozart got a walk-off RBI single in the Los Angeles Angels’ 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Chris Young was hit by a pitch from Zach Duke (2-2) leading off the ninth. After Martin Maldonado bunted Young to second, Cozart cracked his second game-ending hit of the season into left field, where Eddie Rosario couldn’t field it cleanly for a throw to the plate.
Although neither got a decision, two promising rookie pitchers put on a tantalizing duel at the Big A.
Ohtani was dominant again in his sixth big-league start, but the Angels’ two-way sensation was denied his fourth win when he left after walking Logan Morrison on nine pitches in the seventh. Reliever Cam Bedrosian promptly allowed two hits, including pinch-hitter Joe Mauer’s tying RBI single.
Fernando Romero pitched five innings of four-hit ball in his third big-league start for the Twins. The Dominican right-hander allowed his first career run in the fifth inning, but otherwise excelled against the Angels’ veteran lineup.
=== The Twins will host Seattle tonight in a make-up from April 8th’s postponement. First pitch is at 6:10, with the pre-game at 5:30 on AM-1300 KGLO
MASON CITY — First-round regional girls golf tournaments take place today in Classes 1A and 2A:
== 2A Region 3A at Emmetsburg — Central Springs, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Eagle Grove, Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, Okoboji, Pocahontas
== 2A Region 3B at Dike — Aplington-Parkersburg, Dike-New Hartford, East Marshall, Hampton-Dumont, New Hampton, Osage, South Hardin, West Marshall
== 1A Region 3A at Livermore — Belmond-Klemme, Bishop Garrigan, Lake Mills, Newman, North Iowa, Northwood-Kensett, St. Edmond, West Fork, West Hancock
== 1A Region 3C at Ossian — Clarksville, Nashua-Plainfield, North Butler, Rockford, St. Ansgar, South Winneshiek, Tripoli, Turkey Valley
The top two teams and top eight individuals will advance to next Monday’s regional final golf tournaments. If a host school finishes in the top two, the third place team will also advance to the regional finals.