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OTTUMWA, Iowa — Rain pushed the start of the Muscatine Community College baseball team's four-game Iowa Community College Athletic Conference series with Indians Hills back one day.

The wet weather returned Sunday, postponing the start of Game 1. When the teams finally got on the field, though, the Cardinals just couldn't get going.

MCC (22-25, 5-13 ICCAC) was held to six hits as they were swept by the Falcons, losing the opener 5-1 and the nightcap 10-0 in six innings. The teams will finish their series with two games Monday afternoon.

"We didn't hit," MCC baseball coach Dave Barb said. "... We kicked it around the second game, had [six] errors."

Barb also noted that while the Cardinals pitching wasn't perfect, it wasn't as bad as the final lines indicated.

In the opener, Anthony Cosme struck out eight as he pitched into the sixth inning in a 1-1 game. A leadoff walk in the frame opened the gates for four more as the Falcons (19-27, 7-11) seized control.

The six errors in Game 2 did little to help Cardinal pitchers as Indian Hills scored two unearned runs in the first inning and added on in four of the next five innings, more than enough against an MCC lineup that had just six singles over the two games. 

"As well as we played last weekend," Barb said, "we played just as poorly this weekend."

Coming off taking three of four games last weekend against second-place Marshalltown — who has won three straight since, all over teams ranked in the top 10 of their respective NJCAA divisions — and a nonconference victory over No. 18 Southeastern on Tuesday, Barb knows his team can play with Indian Hills.

Still, the Falcons have beaten the Cardinals in five of six games so far this season.

"Those two teams are probably better than Indian Hills," Barb said. "Their pitching was fine, but it was no better than we've seen."

MCC SOFTBALL ENDS SEASON AT REGION XI TOURNAMENT: Rain pushed the Cardinals elimination game from Saturday morning to Sunday, where Marshalltown knocked off MCC 14-4 in six innings to end its season at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington.

The Cardinals finished the program's final season with a 50-16 record.

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