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Ariola, Stetzel Spur Ninth-Inning Comeback for Central Baseball

Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 5:58 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports-Eric Gotschall

A four-hit, three-run inning made for a thrilling comeback win for the Central College baseball team on Saturday, as the Dutch completed the series sweep of Cornell College 4-3.  

The Rams had led the entire game and took a 3-1 advantage into the bottom of the ninth inning, when a single by catcher Max Seeman and a double by first baseman Seth Carson put runners on second and third with one out.  

After a Central strikeout brought the Dutch to their final out, second baseman Adam Ariola slapped a line drive into the outfield to score Seeman and Carson and tie the game.  One batter later, Sam Stetzel provided the late-game heroics, as the center fielder ripped an 0-1 pitch over second base to score Ariola for the win.  

The ninth inning comeback by the Dutch was made all the more dramatic after a controversial ending to the eight inning that saw third baseman Anthony Miller and Head Coach Adam Stevens ejected from the game after a questionable called third strike.  

Freshman pitcher Judson McKown gave up no hits in the final two innings to earn the win for Central, as the Dutch improved to 21-13 overall and 11-8 in the Iowa Conference.  Central will host Buena Vista University in Pella on Tuesday.