#18 Diamond Gents Clinches SCAC Tournament Berth, Splits DH with Dallas
Sophomore Kaleb Kirk twirled his fourth complete game of the year and improved to 9-4 on the year.
#18 Diamond Gents Clinches SCAC Tournament Berth, Splits DH with Dallas
Sunday, April 24, 2016
#18 Centenary (25-10, 9-7 SCAC)
Dallas (11-27, 7-9 SCAC)
4/23/2016 | Irving, Texas | Attendance: 0
Win: William Marshall (3-2) 1.110000
Loss: Dakota Brown (2-1) 1.121011
Colten Maples (CENTBASE) 422000
Chris Zapata (CENTBASE) 402310
Ian Graham (CENTBASE) 512000
Thomas Martin (UDBASE) 412010
Zach San Roman (UDBASE) 412110
Cole Wessling (UDBASE) 412100

IRVING, Texas – The Gents played in a pair of nail biters, knowing that a win alone would get them a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, but the Maroon and White came through in the second game of the doubleheader as Centenary (26-10, 10-7 SCAC) fell 7-6 in 10 innings of game one to Dallas (11-28, 7-10 SCAC) before taking the second game 4-3 Saturday afternoon, April 23.

Sophomore Kaleb Kirk went the distance in game two for the Gents, improving his record to 9-4 in his fourth complete game of the season.

Both teams went scoreless through the first six innings of the contest, but Centenary struck for one in the seventh and three in the eighth. With one out, sophomores Ian Graham and Nicholas Delaneuville singled. A failed pickoff attempt moved both runners up, and a sacrifice fly by junior Michael Schimpf plated the first run of the game.

In the eighth, junior Aaron Quintanilla singled with one out. He stole second with two outs, and scored the second run on senior Dakota Brown’s base hit. Graham was hit by a pitch before both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Delaneuville grounded a ball to third, but the throw was wild to allow two more runs to score and put the Gents up four.

Brown led the Maroon and White with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, scoring a run and adding an RBI. Kirk allowed three hits (two earned) with six hits and eight strikeouts with no walks.

Dallas rallied with three in the eighth to make things interesting. With two down and the bases empty, Derek Valiska singled and Avory Arnold was plunked. JP Fasone singled to score the first Crusaders run, but an error in the outfield allowed Arnold and Fasone to move into scoring position. Thomas Martin cut the lead to one with a two-run single, but Kirk induced a groundout to end the threat.

Dallas put the tying run on base in the ninth on a Delaneuville error with one down, but a groundball to sophomore Cole Lavergne at first ended it. Lavergne touched first and threw down to Delaneuville, who tagged the runner.

Dallas top three hitters went 4-for-11 with two runs and two RBI’s, but the last six only went 2-for-21 with a run scored. William Marshall (3-3) took the loss out of the pen for Dallas, allowing four hits and four runs (two earned) in 1.2 innings of work.

The first game was just as close as neither team asserted control. Centenary trailed 6-4 in the ninth and was down to its final strike. However, freshman Colten Maples poked a single down 0-2 in the count. Sophomore Chris Zapata walked, and singles by Quintanilla and Lavergne tied the game.

Maples and Zapata both went 2-for-4 as Maples scored a pair and Zapata drove in three runs. Brown fell to 2-1 on the year, taking the loss in relief after giving up an unearned run and two hits in 1.1 innings of work.

Dallas used a critical passed ball to score the winning run in the 10th. Zach Sam Roman walked and moved up to second on a passed ball. With one out, a shot down the left field line by Mark Peterson scored Sam Roman to end the contest.

Martin and Sam Roman both went 2-for-4 with a run scored. San Roman also had an RBI. Marshall came out of the bullpen for the win in game one, allowing just a hit in 1.1 innings pitched.

Centenary hit four doubles in the game, including a two-bagger by Zapata in each of the first two innings that drove in three. In the top of the first, Maples hit a one out single and scored on Zapata’s double. With the bases loaded and two outs, Zapata doubled to left to tie the game after Dallas scored three runs in the bottom of the first.

Brown tied the game at four with an RBI double in the third.

A double, sacrifice bunt and a groundout put Dallas up 5-4 in the fourth, but a critical unearned run by the Crusaders in the bottom of the sixth pushed the deficit to two. Peterson reached on an error, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Cole Wessling’s double.

Centenary concludes the regular season Sunday, April 24, with the series finale at Dallas. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.