MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — The Muscatine Community College baseball team's weekend series with Marshalltown could have been, and perhaps should have been, a clean sweep.
But MCC coach Dave Barb was happy to take three of four from the Tigers as the Cardinals rallied for a high-scoring Saturday sweep and had a low-scoring split of a Sunday at Shawn Williams Field in Marshalltown.
MCC (20-22, 5-11 ICCAC) won 13-8, 11-9 on Saturday and grabbed a Game 1 win on Sunday, 3-2, before Marshalltown (25-16, 8-8) avoided the four-game sweep with a 5-4 win to cap the weekend series.
"If someone told me before this weekend we'd end up taking three out of four from Marshalltown," Barb said, "I'd take that any day."
The Cardinals led 3-0 in the second game on Sunday but gave up four runs in the fourth inning, including three on a home-run ball off a pitch Barb simply called, "questionable," and an unearned run in the fifth inning proved to be the deciding factor.
"We made that error but we can make those errors from time to time if we play well defensively and don't make dumb pitches," Barb said. "All in all, though, the guys played hard and we'll take three out of four."
MCC jumped on favorable home-run hitting conditions with the wind blowing out of the stadium, hitting 12 home runs across the four-game span with eight different players hitting at least one round-tripper out of the park.
Sunday's games were much more subdued than Saturday's slugfests, with both teams combining for 28 hits in the first game and 20 hits in the second. MCC used their big bats to rally from a 7-1 deficit after four innings in Saturday's first game.
"We didn't give up and kept playing hard," Barb said, "and we were pounding it around the yard."
Next for MCC baseball is a single game at Southeastern at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.