2012 Iowa Conference champions
DUBUQUE — The method was different but the result was the same for the first-place Central College baseball team Friday, rallying for another dramatic victory, a 7-4, 10-inning win over the University of Dubuque, despite managing just three hits.
Now a surprising 18-4 overall and 8-1 in Iowa Conference play, the Dutch trailed 4-3 entering the ninth inning but forced extra innings in the unlikeliest of fashions. Sophomore third baseman Jordan Judkins (Marshalltown) drew a one-out walk, moved to second because of a hit batter, advanced to third on a ground-out, then scored the tying run on a two-out balk.
Central then jumped on Dubuque miscues in the 10th inning, using two walks, two errors, a wild pitch and a single by center fielder Sam Stetzel (junior, Perry) for three runs.
Stetzel had two hits in the game and the only other Dutch hit was by left fielder Michael Jontz (junior, West Des Moines, Valley HS). But shortstop Mike Furlong (senior, Davenport, Assumption HS) drew three walks and scored two runs.
After falling behind 3-0, Central tied the game with three runs on one hit—a Stetzel single--in the sixth inning.
But coach Adam Stevens noted there’s more to offense than base hits.
“The guys did a good job of battling, drawing bases on balls, putting the ball in play and putting pressure on the defense,” he said.
Meanwhile the Dutch were steady in the field, committing one error. Ryan Goetzinger (junior, Mason City) went six innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout. Mike Werkheiser (senior, Stockton, Ill.) got the win with four innings of shutout relief, limiting Dubuque (14-9 overall, 3-5 conference) to two hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
“We played great defense,” Stevens said. “Adam Ariola (sophomore, Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) made a couple of really athletic plays at second base. And Mike Werkheiser came on in relief and really competed to get out of a few situations.
“Our staple has been play until that last out and we did it again today.”
The teams come back at 11 a.m. Saturday for a doubleheader to wrap up the series. The start time was moved up due to the threat of bad weather later in the day.
“It was a pretty emotional, intense game and now we’ve got a quick turnaround,” Stevens said. “We’ll have to play well.”