Play Video Pitching, Timely Hitting Finishes Gents Sweep of Louisiana College
Sophomore Kaleb Kirk picked up the win in game one for the Gents.
Pitching, Timely Hitting Finishes Gents Sweep of Louisiana College
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Centenary (3-0)
Louisiana College (0-3)
2/6/2016 | Pineville, LA | Attendance: 100
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Win: Kaleb Kirk (1-0) 5.282217
Loss: Bo Ockman (0-1) 0.223320
Scott Dwyer (16CENTBS) 423000
Logan Phillips (LC16BB) 312000
Dylan Keller (LC16BB) 302000

PINEVILLE, La. – The Gents used an offensive explosion in game one and timely pitching to get out of jams in the nightcap as Centenary (4-0) completed the weekend sweep of Louisiana College (0-4) with a 13-2 win in game one and a 7-3 triumph in game two in a doubleheader in Pineville, Louisiana, Saturday, February 6.

It was a good omen for the Gents right from the first inning as, with two outs and no one on, sophomore Chris Zapata and junior Aaron Quintanilla both doubled to score a run. From there, Louisiana pitching hit a rough stretch as a hit by pitch and walk loaded the bases. A passed ball scored Quintanilla before a walk reloaded the bases. Another wild pitch scored sophomore Cole Lavergne for the third run of the inning before the Wildcats retired the side.

Louisiana College cut the lead to 4-2 after five off sophomore starter Kaleb Kirk, but the Gents put the game away with six in the sixth and three more in the seventh.  Two walks and an infield single by junior Scott Dwyer loaded the bases with one out in the sixth.  A balk scored the first run.

Another walk loaded the bases before Lavergne doubled to score a pair of runs. A passed ball scored the fourth run of the frame.  An infield single by freshman Jonathan Motal pushed across another run before a Wildcat miscue allowed Centenary to score its sixth run of the inning.

Zapata and Lavergne’s RBI singles and a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter, sophomore Nicholas Delaneuville, scored the final three runs in the seventh.

Sophomore Kaleb Kirk (1-0) picked up the win, allowing two runs on eight hits with seven punchouts in 5.2 innings of work.  Classmate Merek Holzrichter took the mound in relief and retired the final four Wildcats in order to finish the game.

Offensively, Dwyer had three hits in four at-bats with two runs scored, while Lavergne went 2-for-4 with three RBI’s and two runs scored.

Bo Ockman took the loss for the home team, only throwing 0.2 innings with three runs, two hits, two walks and two wild pitches.

Game two was a nail biter until the Gents were able to score a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth. However, Centenary scored a pair in the first inning to jump on Louisiana College right from the start. A walk, single and a wild pitch allowed Zapata to get the RBI groundout. A two-out error and an infield single by sophomore Ian Graham allowed Centenary to push another run across.

A triple by Dwyer and a double by Graham helped score a pair of runs in the third.

Sophomore Michael Francis (1-0) started on the hill for Centenary and was able to get out of a jam in the fifth. A pair of one-out walks put a pair on, but Francis threw his pitch and Zane Corbell grounded right to Graham at third. He stepped on the bag and slinged the throw across to Dwyer for the double play to end the inning.

Francis allowed a walk to begin the sixth before Coach Diaz called for senior Dakota Brown. Brown allowed an RBI double and a two-out, two RBI-single to Ashton Martin, but a strikeout around a pair of flyouts allowed Brown to get out of the inning.

The Wildcats threatened the Gents 5-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth when the first two men reached, but a botched sacrifice bunt allowed Centenary to get the lead guy at third. An unassisted putout at second and a flyout ended the threat.

The Gents added insurance runs with a Dwyer single and a Quintanilla sacrifice fly.

Francis allowed only one run and three hits in five innings on the bump for Centenary. Dwyer recorded his second-straight three hit game, adding a pair of runs and an RBI. Brown picked up the save, allowing only three hits and two runs with five strikeouts in four innings of work.

Call Florence (0-1) took the loss for Louisiana College, surrendering five runs and three walks in six innings of work.

Centenary returns to action for a trio of games in the Clements Fluid Tournament, hosted by UT Tyler. The Gents play at UTyler Friday, at LeTourneau Saturday, and against Birmingham-Southern in Tyler, Texas, on Sunday.