#16 Gents Starting Pitchers, Bats Strong in Completing Three-game Sweep against ETBU
Sophomore Kaleb Kirk recorded his third complete game of the season and his SCAC-leading sixth win.
#16 Gents Starting Pitchers, Bats Strong in Completing Three-game Sweep against ETBU
Sunday, April 3, 2016
East Texas Baptist (16-10)
#16 Centenary (20-6)
4/2/2016 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 177
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Win: Jackie Allen (4-1) 8.271013
Loss: Ashley Dukes (1-1) 4.075421
Dylan Sumpter (ETBU) 512000
Dakota Brown (CENTBASE) 423000

SHREVEPORT, La. - After watching senior Holden Novak throw a strong game on Friday night, the rest of the pitching staff picked up right where he left off Saturday on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Shehee Stadium as Centenary (21-6) swept the doubleheader against East Texas Baptist (16-11) 5-1 and 8-1 on April 2.

Sophomore Jackie Allen took the ball for the Gents in game one of the doubleheader and was in command throughout. Allen (4-1) picked up the win on the mound, throwing 8.2 innings, allowing just one unearned run in the third inning. Allen allowed just 7 hits, walking one and striking out three. Freshman Matthew Devillier came out of the bullpen for his Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference-leading fifth save of the season

The Gents took the lead in the bottom of the second inningof game one. After sophomore Cole Lavergne reached on an error, senior Dakota Brown executed a hit and run, putting the ball on the ground and into right field as the second baseman from East Texas Baptist took off to cover second. Brown soon stole second, leaving runners at second and third before sophomore Ian Graham hit a line drive single into right field, scoring both Lavergne and Brown.

After the Tigers answered with an unearned run in the 3rd, the Gents bats got it going again, plating three in the 4th inning. After another single by Brown and a walk to junior Scott Dwyer, Graham laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third with one out. Junior Michael Schimpf came up next and smoked a triple into left center field, scoring two. Freshman Colten Maples followed with a groundout, plating the fifth run of the game for the Gents.

The scoring was nonexistent the rest of the first game of the doubleheader for both teams, as the pitcher’s took control of the game. Tigers starter Ashley Dukes (1-1) suffered the loss, throwing four innings, allowing seven hits, five runs (four earned), with two walks and a strikeout. Reliever Chad Boudreaux came in and tossed four scoreless innings out of the pen. Fortunately for the Gents, the offense in the first four innings was plenty enough behind Allen.

Allen took the mound for the ninth, going for a complete game. With runners on first and second and two outs, the Gents went to the bullpen for Devillier. After going 3-0 to the first man he faced, Devillier battled back and got the strikeout swinging to end game one of the doubleheader.

For the Gents, Brown led the offensive attack, going 3-for-4. Schimpf added a two-RBI triple and Graham added two RBI’s of his own.


Game 2

The story and winning formula for the Gents in game one held pretty steady in game two of the doubleheader with strong pitching to go along with solid team at bats. Sophomore Kaleb Kirk took the mound in the final game of the series and was effective throughout, attacking hitters and pitching to contact.

Kirk pitched a scoreless first, and the offense came out right away to stake him to a lead. Schimpf led off the game, sending the first pitch into left for a line drive single. Maples was hit by a pitch, before Zapata bunted the runners to second and third. Freshman Cameron Guin promptly hit a sacrifice fly into center, scoring Schimpf to give the Gents a 1-0 lead.

Kirk worked another scoreless inning in the second, before the Gents bats stormed for four more runs, behind great team at bats. With one out, Brown laid down a bunt single and moved around to third on another executed hit and run by starting second baseman, junior Brooks Williams, hitting the ground ball through the vacated hole at second base. Graham came up and laid down a bunt, scoring both Brown and Williams on a play that nobody covered first base for the Tigers and led to a throwing error. The throw from starting pitcher Cody Pierce (3-3) went down the right field line allowing Graham to end up on third base with still just one out. Schimpf put the ball in play, grounding out to shortstop and giving the Gents a 5-0 lead.

That was plenty for Gent Kirk (6-3), who leads the SCAC in wins. Kirk scattered hits throughout, allowing 11 hits, but just an earned run in the ninth inning. Kirk allowed just one walk, while striking out six.

For the Tiger’s, Pierce tossed 4.1 innings, allowing eight hits, seven runs (three earned), with one walk and no strikeouts. Jimmy Russo and Logan Sprinkle also pitched for the Tiger’s, combining to allow just one run in 3.2 innings.

The Gents would add three more runs, plating two in the fifth and another in the sixth. After junior Aaron Quintanilla singled into left center and stole second, Lavergne walked before Brown hit into a fielder’s choice, advancing to second on the throwing error from the East Texas Baptist’s shortstop and allowing Quintanilla to touch home plate. Williams followed with a squeeze bunt, scoring Lavergne from third.

In the bottom half of the sixth, Schimpf singled and got to second on a ground out by Maples. Zapata followed with a hard single into left field on the first pitch, scoring Schimpf for the Gents eighth run of the contest.

The Tigers tried to rally, getting three hits in the 9th and their first run of the game. With men on second and third and one out, Kirk went to work, getting a strikeout and a ground out to finish off his third complete game of the season.

The Gent’s explosive offense in the finale of the series was led by the top three in the order. Schimpf, Maples, and Zapata each had two hit efforts in the victory. Schimpf picked up an RBI, while Zapata added two. Eight of the nine Gent’s starters had at least one hit in the victory.

The Gents will be back in action next Friday night, with their final three home games of the season. The Gents will be back in SCAC action against the Southwestern Pirates. First pitch for Friday night, April 8, at Shehee Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m.