Thursday September 2nd Local Sports
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Schwindel hit a three-run homer and a pair of Chicago Cubs pitchers combined on a two-hitter in a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Justin Steele won for the first time since joining the Cubs’ rotation on Aug. 10. The rookie left-hander gave up one hit, walked three and struck out three over five innings, lowering his ERA to 3.48. Adbert Alzolay worked the final four innings to earn his first career save. He allowed one hit and struck out five. Schwindel’s drive in the third was all the Cubs mustered against U.S. Olympic pitcher Joe Ryan, who made his major league debut for the Twins. The Twins have today off and start a week-long road trip heading to Tampa Bay and Cleveland.
IOWA CITY — Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum is ready to have the fans back at Kinnick Stadium. The 18th-ranked Hawkeyes open the season at home against #17 Indiana.
Last year the Hawkeyes played in mostly empty stadiums.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 on Saturday with the pre-game at 12:30 on KGLO
AMES — Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy is confident the Cyclones will get off to a good start. The 7th-ranked Cyclones host UNI Saturday and it was a year ago they stumbled out of the gate with a 31-14 loss to Louisiana.
Purdy says the Cyclones have been focused on getting off to a fast start.
A sold out crowd will be on hand for Saturday’s game but Purdy says that does not change the way he plays.
Purdy says the Cyclones are ready for a more “normal” season.
Kickoff at Jack Trice Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 on Saturday
MASON CITY — The NIACC volleyball team dropped their Iowa Community College Athletic Conference match at 12th-ranked DMACC last night in three straight sets. DMACC took the first set 25-21 and then the following two sets 25-10 and 25-15. Grace Tobin had four kills, 10 digs and two aces to lead the Lady Trojans. NIACC drops to 2-7 overall and 0-1 in the conference and will return to action on Friday night at home hosting the Wartburg College JV.
MASON CITY — It’s been quite a week for NIACC freshman soccer player Hailey Crew. The Ogden Utah native last Friday signed a national letter of intent to play at NIACC. On Saturday, Crew stopped six shots, including a penalty kick, to lead the Lady Trojans to a 6-0, season-opening win over Anoka-Ramsey. On Tuesday, Crew was named the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division II women’s keeper of the week for the week of August 19th through the 29th, and on Wednesday, she received the same honor on the national level. The NIACC women’s soccer team returns to action on Saturday at Indian Hills.
MASON CITY — The NIACC men’s soccer team dropped a 6-3 decision to Marshalltown Community College on Wednesday afternoon in Mason City. NIACC trailed 2-0 at the half. NIACC received second-half goals from Giovani Soares (penalty kick), Axel Deligdisch and Cameron James. NIACC drops to 1-2 overall and will travel to Indian Hills on Saturday.