Two years ago, Bethany College’s baseball team swamped Central Christian College 30-0 in just five innings.

When the schools met again Tuesday, the Tigers showed they have closed the gap.

Bethany needed a five-run eighth inning to break away for a 9-5 victory.

“I am proud of how far this program has come,” CCC coach Bob Marsh said. “Great things are in store for us in the future.”

CCC trailed 3-0 when Damon Smith hit a two-run homer in the third to close the gap. Bethany went up 4-2, only to see the Tigers get within 4-3 on a Spencer Barriball double that scored Steven Abbott.

But Bethany cobbled seven hits together in the eighth to score its five runs. Bethany’s Evan Bloem had three hits, including a two-run double, during the big inning.

CCC is now 16-30 on the year and has to sweep a four-game weekend home series with Peru if it’s to advance to postseason play. Friday’s action starts at 4 p.m. at Light Capital Diamond, with Saturday’s games beginning at 1 p.m.