WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The Muscatine Community College baseball team had little trouble mustering offense Thursday in a pair of games in the Russmatt Baseball 2014 Central Florida Invitational at Chain Of Lakes Park.
The Cardinals rolled to wins over Allegheny College, 15-7 in six innings, and Fontbonne College, 14-5, as they collected 31 hits combined in the two games.
"That's the best we've hit the ball all year," MCC coach Dave Barb said. "We weren't facing Greg Maddux, but we swung the bat real well today."
Freshman outfielder Austin Peterson led the MCC (7-7) offensive outburst. He collected six hits on the day in nine at-bats with a home run, two doubles and an RBI.
"[Peterson] has three hits in each of his last three games," Barb said. "He's swinging it real well right now."
Dylan Kester added four hits and six RBIs in the two games while Sebastian Gomez hit his second and third home runs of the season in the win over Fontbonne.
"I've never coached MCC when we hit the ball any better," Barb said.
On the mound, starters Nick Huber and Dalton Stevens picked up the wins with solid performances and gave the Cardinals the opportunity to get back to .500 with three games left yet to play in Florida.
"All in all, it was a good day," Barb said. "Nice weather. Warm and all that. It couldn't have been much better."