No. 18 NIACC splits pair with Iowa Central

MASON CITY - The No. 18 NIACC baseball team split a ICCAC doubleheader with Iowa Central on Saturday in hits home opener at Roosevelt Field.

Iowa Central (13-10 overall, 3-3 in the ICCAC) won the first game 5-2 and NIACC (17-10, 4-2) took the nightcap 10-1 in eight innings.

Games three and four of the series are set for Monday. The twinbill is set to start at 4 p.m.

In the second game, sophomore Brandon Michie hit a 2-run home run in the eighth inning to end the game via the 8-run rule.

The home run by Michie was his 99th career hit. The next hit by Michie will be his 100th career hit and make him the 20th member of NIACC's 100-hit club.

Michie was 3-8 in Saturday's twinbill against Iowa Central with two doubles and a home run.

In the second game, NIACC broke open a 1-1 game by scoring four runs in the seventh inning and five runs in the eighth inning.

NIACC leadoff hitter Matt Schwarz hit a 3-run home run in the seventh inning and freshman Bryce Ball had an RBI single.

In the eighth inning, NIACC scored its five runs on one hit - Michie's two-run home run. The Trojans took advantage of three walks and and an error and received a sacrifice fly from sophomore Connor Enochs.

Brandon Williamson gained the win in relief for NIACC. He relieved starter Tyler Lien with one out in the sixth inning.

Williamson, who allowed a run in the seventh inning, set down Iowa Central in order in the eighth inning.

Lien did not allow a run in 5 1/3 innings of work. He scattered four hits, struck out seven and walked two.

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