2012 Iowa Conference champions
GRINNELL — The Central College baseball team mustered just five hits Tuesday, suffering a 3-1 setback to Grinnell College.
The Pioneers jumped to an early lead in the second inning with a two-run homer to left field and added another tally with an unearned run in the fourth. Central cut the lead in the fifth when freshman designated hitter Erik Sipes (Hudson, Ill., Normal West HS) ripped his first career home run, a shot to left field, but the Dutch remained scoreless the rest of the game.
Central had only three runners in scoring position and left seven on base, facing a tandem of four Grinnell pitchers. The Dutch also committed three errors.
Ryan Dusil (sophomore, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) took his first loss on the mound, giving up four hits and three runs in five innings of work. He walked two and struck out one. Mike Werkheiser (senior, Stockton, Ill.) tossed two innings, striking out one and allowing two hits, and Judson McKown (sophomore, Maple Plain, Minn., Orono HS) pitched the eighth inning and struck out one.
Central, which won the previous meeting 8-3, dipped to 23-6 overall. Grinnell improved to 8-12.
The Dutch will need to rebound quickly for a three-game Iowa Conference series against Coe College Friday and Saturday at Pella. First-place Central holds a four-game lead in the league standings with a 13-2 record while second-place Coe is 9-6. The Kohawks are 17-10 overall and play Wis.-Platteville and Mount Mercy Univ. before coming to A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. Friday.