MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — The Muscatine Community College baseball team didn't play that bad this weekend.
The results just didn't quite reflect it.
MCC was swept in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference doubleheader by identical 6-5 scores, the second in eight innings, at Marshalltown Community College Saturday.
The Cardinals lost three of the four games in the series to Tigers. All three losses were one-run defeats.
"Overall, [this] weekend, we played pretty well all things considered," MCC coach Dave Barb said. "We outhit them, outscored them and had fewer errors then. Lost three one-run games. That's baseball. That's what makes it interesting."
In the opener Saturday afternoon, the Cardinals (14-29, 2-18 ICCAC) got behind 6-1 but got a two-run home run from both Jake Redlinger and Sebastian Gomez in the final two innings. That was as close as they would get, though.
MCC rallied in the second game, too, scoring five runs in the sixth inning off Marshalltown starter Alex McCune and reliever Prince De Marco to tie the game at 5-all. Gomez drove in two runs in the inning while Robin Felix, Austin Fridley and Alejandro Lugo each notched RBIs.
But Marshalltown (20-28, 8-12) rallied against Paul Burkhart in the eighth, after an ill-time MCC error, to bring in the winning run.
The Cardinals played the Tigers tough, but they haven't yet been able to quite put it all together.
"We're playing better. It's maybe too little, too late at this point. We play in a very difficult conference," said Barb, who pointed out his team has lost eight one-run games this season. "... We're seeing some [positive] things."