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Emmetsburg Flavor To College World Series

By Staff | Jun 23, 2011

There was a decided Emmetsburg presence at the 2011 NCAA?Division III?College World Series, as a trio of former Emmetsburg E-Hawk baseball players were part of Buena Vista University’s third-place finishing baseball team at Appleton, Wisconsin.

Pitchers Kyle Dupic and Ryan Wuebker, along with BVU?Pitching Coach Ryan Dupic all played key roles in the Beavers’ memorable season.

BVU?received an at-large berth to the Central Regional Tournament May 18-21 in Bloomington, Ill, and won the tourney with a 8-1 win over Carthage College before downing the defending National Champions, Western Illinois University by a scores of 7-1 and 7-6, and then won the tourney by handing Carthage a 7-6 defeat to earn the CWS berth.

In the first game of the College World Series, BVU earned a 5-4 decision over the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. In their second contest, the Beavers won 8-5 over Keystone College of Pennsylvania.

  • Going up against the eventual national champion, BVU lost a tough 5-1 game to Marietta College of Ohio. Buena Vista would play Chapman College of Orange, CA, and lost a 3-2 decision, but earned the third place honor as Chapman would lose to Marietta in the title game.

For BVU, it was a tough season for Ryan Wuebker, as the Beaver’s ace was injured early in the season. Wuebker was the #1 pitcher for the Beavers at the time of his injury, as he appeared in six games and was undefeated, going 3-0 in 36 innings of work,

Wuebker had tallied 35 strikeouts and given up 14 walks, earning an ERA of 3.50, while holding opponents to a .233 batting average.

Wuebker is the son of Karen and Wayne Wuebker of Ayrshire.

Kyle Dupic served as a relief pitcher for the Beavers, coming out of the bullpen to appear in 26 games, where he earned a record of 1-1 and an ERA of 2.93 in 30 innings of work on the hill.

Dupic tallied 20 strikeouts and gave up 10 walks and held opponents to a .262 batting average. Dupic closes out his collegiate career at BVU with a record for game appearances of 76, and tied for the number of saves in a career at nine.

Pitching Coach Ryan Dupic completed his fourth year with the Beavers, who have developed into one of the top pitching staffs in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, with a team ERA of 3.82 this season. Three of Dupic’s pitching staff earned All-Iow Conference honors and one was named First Team in the All Central Region.

Both Kyle and Ryan Dupic are the sons of Carol and Rick Dupic of Emmetsburg.