PELLA, Iowa -- The Simpson baseball team raced out to an early three-run lead but Central came back with nine runs in the final three innings as the Storm fell 13-9 Friday in game one of a three-game Iowa Conference series.
Simpson led 7-4 until Central scored five in the sixth. Leading 11-9 in the eighth, Tanner Wood hit a two-run home run to right to put the game away for the Dutch (12-15, 3-8).
Tyler Steward got the win in relief for Central, slowing down Simpson's bats after a hot start. He gave up two runs on three hits in four innings.
After scoring twice in the first, Brandon Urias and Herzog opened the second with back-to-back singles. Noah Sacco drove in a run on a sacrifice fly before Trey Kehoe's RBI double. Nathan Carlin drew a bases-loaded walk and Simpson added another run on an outfield error to build a 6-4 lead.
Arnold's RBI double made it 7-4 in the fourth.
Tom Kunzer suffered the loss in relief, giving up four runs -- all earned -- in 4 2/3 innings. He came in for starter Tanner Jansen, who lasted just one inning, allowing four runs -- all earned -- off three hits and three walks.
Sacco and Kehoe had two hits apiece for Simpson.
Tanner Jansen — 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 Ks
Tom Kunzer — L (0-2), 4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks
Colin Sexton — 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks
J Lowery — 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 Ks
Simpson and Central close their three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available at athletics.central.edu and live video will be available on the Central College Dutch Facebook page.