CEDAR RAPIDS - The NIACC baseball team won the four-game series with No. 8 Kirkwood, 2-1-1.
After splittling a pair of games last Thursday, NIACC won Tuesday's opener 8-3 behind a gem by left-hander Brandon Williamson and the two ICCAC rivals tied 1-1 in 11 innings in the nightcap.
The final game of the series was called due to darkness after the Trojans' Tom Skoro escaped a bases loaded, one-out jam with a pair of strikeouts in the bottom of the 11th inning.
In the league standings, Kirkwood and No. 15 Southeastern are tied for first based on a winning percentage of .750. Kirkwood is 10-3-1 in the league and Southeastern is 12-4.
NIACC (19-17-1 overall) sits in third in the league with a record of 9-6-1.
In the first game Tuesday, Williamson (5-3) struck out a career-high 13 and walked five in six innings of work. He allowed one run on three hits in winning his third straight start.
Williamson gained the win (15-1) against Northeast CC on April 2 with nine strikeouts in five innings of work. On April 7, Williamson tossed a complete-game (7 inning) four-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over DMACC.
Williamson has 64 strikeouts with 25 walks with a 3.61 earned run average in 42 1/3 innings of work this season. He has 111 career strikeouts, which ranks fifth on the school's career list.
In the second game, NIACC took a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Arons. Kirkwood managed to tie the game in the last half of the ninth inning with a 2-out RBI single by leadoff hitter Korry Howell.
NIACC starter Spencer Chirpich, who scatterded seven hits, did not allow a run in 7 1/3 innings of work with six strikeouts and two walks. Skoro pitched the final 2 1/3 innings and didn't give up a run with six strikeouts and two walks in his first relief stint of the season.
VanKan collected two hits in the second game.
Notes: Tuesday's second game was the first tie in the career of sixth-year NIACC coach Travis Hergert, who has a career mark of 210-117-1 ... Hergert is 16-8-1 all-time against Kirkwood.