2012 Iowa Conference champions
INDIANOLA — The Central College baseball remembered its bats for Wednesday’s trip to Indianola.
The Dutch racked up 12 hits en route to a 7-3 win over Simpson College to secure a three-game Iowa Conference sweep.
“I thought we had a really good approach at the plate tonight,” said coach Adam Stevens. “We were coming off two good practices Monday and Tuesday where we doing good things on the offensive side.”
Up 2-1, Central (20-5, 10-2 conference) broke free with three runs in the fourth inning. Right fielder Allen Mann (junior, Marshalltown) singled up the middle to drive in two runs then scored two batters later when shortstop Mike Furlong (senior, Davenport, Assumption HS) doubled down the left field line. The Dutch added the final two tallies in the seventh.
Simpson (12-14, 6-6 conference) scraped together runs in sixth and ninth, but couldn’t overpower Central’s offensive production.
Furlong was 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and one run scored. First baseman Seth Carson (junior, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) scored two runs on a 2-for-5 effort on a night six Dutch batters were credited with an RBI.
“We faced a good pitcher tonight and really competed,” said Stevens. “The bottom of the order got us going early, which has been a strength of ours all year, and the rest of the lineup followed.”
The Dutch backed up the offensive firepower with a sound defensive effort.
Lefty Ryan Dusil (sophomore, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) got the start and earned the win, his fourth of the season. The sophomore threw six innings, giving up one earned run on two hits. Junior Ryan Goetzinger (Mason City) allowed one hit in two innings of work while senior Mike Werkheiser (Stockton, Ill.) gave up on run on one hit in the final frame.
“We just played solid defense,” said Stevens. “Dusil was hitting his spots and our bullpen backed him up. Our pitching staff is confident in the defense we’re playing behind them.”
Central committed one error while limiting the Storm to four hits.
The Dutch are back on the field Friday for a home game against league rival Luther College (11-12, 4-5 conference). Start time is 3 p.m. from the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field. Video streaming and live stats will be available at www.central.edu/athletics.