SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- After battling inclement weather and unplayable field conditions for nearly two weeks, the Mount Mercy baseball team got back on the field yesterday, taking on Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.) in a non-conference doubleheader at Lanphier Park.
The Mustangs took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning, but after the Bulldogs tied it in the bottom of the fourth, Benedictine-Springfield added a run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth to get a 4-3 victory in the opener. Devin Holmes went 1-for-3 with two runs batted in and Zak Morgan drove in the other run for the Mount Mercy.
Junior designated hitter Max Barrett drove in senior center fielder R.J. Fuhr to give the Mustangs a 1-0 advantage in the top of the second inning of game two, but like the opener, Mount Mercy saw that lead vanish in another 4-3 defeat. Trailing, 4-1, in the seventh, the Mustangs scored twice but couldn't plate the tying run despite having runners on second and third with one out. Holmes finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Barrett was 1-for-2 with a run driven in.
Mount Mercy (2-13) is slated to open Midwest Collegiate Conference play against Grand View this weekend in Des Moines. Saturday's doubleheader will start at 1:00 p.m. Sunday's single, nine-inning contest gets underway at 2:00 p.m.