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Dubuque Stuns Central, Sends Dutch Softball to Early Exit

Pitching failed Central softball for the second straight day on Saturday, which led to an uncharacteristically early exit in the Iowa Conference tournament. Dubuque topped the Dutch, 5 – 4 in a game that was eerily familiar to their loss in Friday’s tournament opener. Central had a 4 – 1 lead in the late going, before the Spartans scored four unanswered runs on a pair of home runs in the fifth. Seven different players had a hit in Central’s loss, and they now sit with a 30 – 10 record. The Dutch must now sit and wait to see if they get a bid into the 62-team NCAA Division III tournament, whose selection show occurs this Monday at 9:00 a.m. on www.ncaa.com.