Hard-hitting Central sweeps BVU baseball team

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Buena Vista University baseball team dropped to 3-6 in the Iowa Conference and to 11-16 overall here Saturday after losing a doubleheader to Central College.

Central (8-4, 27-9), the 16th-ranked team in NCAA Division III, took game one 6-1 and the second game 8-6 .

In game one, Dutch lefty Brett Mahan handcuffed the Beavers' bats, scattering nine hits but yielding just one earned run. He struck out five and walked two.

Taking the mound loss for BVU was junior righhander Ryan Dupic, who gave up five earned runs on nine hits and three walks.

Central nicked Dupic for a single run in the top of the third to break a scoreless tie. The Dutch scored five runs over the next four innings, including two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

The Beavers scored their lone run in the bottom of the fifth.

In that frame, Michael Barta hit a one-out single, then catcher Marc Goeders singled to left to put runners on first and second. After David Callahan flew out for the second out of the inning, pinch hitter Zach Habben followed with an RBI single.

In the sixth, BVU missed a golden opportunity for a big inning.

Derek Fink opened with a walk, then Joe Poole singled. Dupic singled to load the basess with no one out. Freshman Justin List then flew out, and pinch hitter Nate Halupnic struck out. Mahan retired Barta on a ground out to second to end the threat.

Poole and Barta led the BVU offense with two hits each in three-at bats, while Callahan, Adam Hardie, Habben, Dupic and Goeders had one hit each.

In game two, Central scored six runs in the first inning and added five in the second, then cruised to to a 20-7 rout.

The Dutch did have one more big inning, scoring seven times in the top of the sixth.

BVU scored twice in the bottom of the first, once in the third, twice in the fifth and two more times in the seventh.

Central roughed up BVU mound starter Dan Christiansen. The senior righthander lasted just one inning, givning up nine earned runs in six hits and four walks. He walked to and struck out three.

Michael Barta pitched the next five innings with Dan Reis and Jeff Weisenborn finishing up.

Dupic hit a two-run single in the first inning, and in the third, Habben's groundout scored a single run.

In the fifth, Fink advanced from first to third on a double by Poole and later scored on a Central error. Poole also scored on an error later in the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, BVU scored two more times, shortstop Lance Eddie, a freshman out of Storm Lake High hit a two-run double.

Eddie, Hardie, Poole and Dupic each had two hits for the Beavers.

Dutch second baseman Jake Jadlowski, a freshman from Omaha, went 4 for 5 with four RBI. Michale Edward went 2 for 4 with three RBI. Derek Knutson drove in three runs.

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