WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa — The Muscatine Community College softball team opened Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play Friday and its winning streak came to an end in a split with Southeastern Community College.
The Cardinals, who entered the twinbill with 19 straight wins, put together five combined runs in the fifth and sixth innings to overcome a two-run deficit for a 5-3 win in the opener, but their rally fell short in Game 2 in a 6-5 loss.
MCC coach Scott Beatty said the weather was a factor, even though it shouldn't have been.
"Offensively we have pretty good production, but defensively we were too worried about our hands being to cold or things like that and just did not have the right approach. We need to address that," he said.
Sophomore Alex Tuminaro was a bright spot for the Cardinals (21-2, 1-1 ICCAC), going 2 for 3 with a pair of home runs and 3 RBIs in the first game.
"Her approach at plate has been wonderful in the last three games and for her to get those home runs in the first game, she's been pleasant surprise for us," Beatty said.
MCC also received home runs from Gaunt and Lexy VandeMoortel in the win.
Southeastern (5-16, 1-3) built a 6-2 lead entering the sixth inning of Game 2 before MCC rattled off three runs, but couldn't find any more.
Freshman Kaylee Jones was 2 for 3 in the game with MCC's fifth home run on the day and had three RBIs.
"I look at a lot of things in wins and losses, and you can learn a lot in a loss," Beatty said. "Conference games are important but are also teaching methods throughout the season."