CANTON, Mo. — Playing for the first time since getting back home after a very successful, 15-0 trip to Florida, the Muscatine Community College softball team picked up right where it left off Wednesday.
A strong offensive attack and continued stellar pitching propelled the Cardinals, now winners of 19 in a row, to sweep a doubleheader at Culver-Stockton College, winning 11-2 in game one and 13-3 in game two.
"Coming up here [after] we had four days off, we had a real good approach," said MCC coach Scott Beatty, whose team had games cancelled due to poor weather Monday and Tuesday. "We picked up two quality wins."
The Cardinals (20-1) jumped on the Wildcats from the outset, scoring five runs in the first inning of game one to take control.
That was more than enough support for MCC pitcher Kayla Gaunt, who picked up her 10th win against no defeats in a complete game effort with nine strikeouts and one walk. She also added a pair of hits and two RBIs to lead the Cardinals at the plate.
"Kayla once again pitched a strong game," Beatty said. "She continued to impress on the mound and at the plate."
In the nightcap, MCC put up 11 runs before the Wildcats dented the plate with a pair of runs in the third inning. Kaylee Jones, Jen Ward, Carley Wescom and Gaunt each notched two hits in the win, with Jones and Gaunt each connecting for a home run.
Even with another offensive explosion, Beatty was equally pleased with the pitching efforts of Mariah Freel and Bailey Blake in the second game. Freel, who improved to 7-1, picked up the win after pitching the first three innings with three strikeouts and a walk.
"I'm really impressed with Freel and Blake and the quality innings they're giving us," Beatty said.