CARY, N.C. — Central Missouri's Brooks Martin had all of the answers for Tampa on Saturday.
Facing a lineup averaging 10 runs a game, Martin tossed a complete-game four-hitter to lead the Mules to a 3-0 win in the opener of the Division II Baseball Championship finals at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Martin struck out 10, walked one and ended Mike Schwartz's streak of reaching base at 45 games. Schwartz went 0-for-4, including a game-ending groundout with two on.
"The way he pitched, there weren't many opportunities for our offense," Spartans coach Joe Urso said. "This whole year has been built around a good offense, and he just did an unbelievable job of shutting us down."
The Spartans (46-10), No. 2 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, play an elimination game against No. 8 Georgia College on Monday.
"Our pitching staff is really deep," Urso said. "So that will allow us a chance to go deeper in the tournament."
Central Missouri (52-9), ranked No. 3, took the lead in the second. With one out, Sean Bierman (4-2) struck out Jon Wegener, but he reached on a wild pitch. Wegener took second on a balk. And after a groundout that should have been the third out, Albert Selanders singled for a 1-0 lead.
Selanders added a two-run homer in the fourth.
Meanwhile, Martin faced the minimum number of batters through six innings. Tampa managed two singles and a walk in that span. But Correy Figueroa, who led off the game with a single, was caught stealing, and the Spartans hit into two double plays.
Bierman was making just his second start since coming back from elbow tendinitis that sidelined him for much of the season.