Sun, Mar 18, 2012 - [Baseball]
Allen pitches IWC baseball to split of MCC opening two at St. Ambrose
DAVENPORT - Erik Allen (Sr.-Monrovia, Calif.) threw six innings and allowed just one run while receiving good run support and the Iowa Wesleyan College baseball team defeated St. Ambrose University 8-1 in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Modern Woodmen Park.

The Tigers rebounded from a 2-0 loss in the first game of the twinbill to split their Midwest Collegiate Conference opener. IWC continues to hover just below .500 at the season, now 12-13 overall on the year.

Wesleyan rapped out 12 hits in the second game and scored two runs in the second inning and four in the third to take control. The Tigers batted around in the third inning, with Marco Prieto (Sr.-Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) hitting a two-run single and Michael Mendoza (Sr.-San Gabriel, Calif.) and Corey Amerson (Sr.-Mount Pleasant, Texas) also driving in runs.

Allen allowed six hits and one run, striking out three and picking up his third win of the season. Prieto led the hitting attack with two hits and three RBIs, while four other players also had two hits each as seven of the nine starters had hits.

IWC bounced back from a sluggish offensive game in the opener when the Tigers recorded just two hits off SAU starter Zack Rohlf. St. Ambrose finally scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Matt Rosenberger hit a two-out, two-run single for the only runs of the game.

Wesleyan starter Jacob Sanchez (Sr.-Brawley, Calif.) pitched the complete game in the opener, allowing two runs on ten hits while striking out six. Rohlf also pitched a complete game for the Fighting Bees, allowing just the two hits while striking out seven.

The Tigers are home for an MCC doubleheader Wednesday against Clarke University beginning at 3 p.m. at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.
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