#24 Diamond Gents Cannot Complete Comeback for Third Time in Loss to #2 Trinity
Sophomore Chris Zapata blasted his team-leading fifth home run of the season. The Second Team All-Conference honoree also added an RBI single.
#24 Diamond Gents Cannot Complete Comeback for Third Time in Loss to #2 Trinity
Friday, April 29, 2016

SEGUIN, Texas – The Gents overcame 1-0 and 7-5 deficits and was able to hold the Tigers when they had the bases loaded through six innings; however, a two-run seventh by #2 Trinity (33-7) could not be overcome as #24 Centenary (26-12) lost a 9-8 heartbreaker in the first round of the Southern Athletic Conference Tournament Friday night, April 29.

Trailing 7-5 after Trinity tallied five unearned runs in the fifth, the long ball put the Gents back out in front the next half inning. Junior Michael Schimpf led off the frame with a blast to left, his fourth of the season, to move into a tie with sophomore Chris Zapata for the team lead. On the next pitch, freshman Colten Maples reached on a bunt. The next pitch saw Zapata also leave the ballpark to left field to reclaim the Gents home run lead.

In a four-pitch swing, Centenary reclaimed an 8-7 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth, the small lead seemed tenuous as the Tigers loaded the bases with no outs. However, Jose Santos flew out to left that was the catalyst for some interesting base running and a triple play. Schimpf doubled up Colin Serkowski at third, and Jeremy Wolf on second got in a run down and was eventually tagged out for the triple play.

Schimpf led the Gents from the plate with a 3-for-5 night with a pair of RBI’s and a run scored. Zapata went 2-for-5 with three RBI’s and a run scored.

Despite the Gents able to pitch around bases loaded jams all night, the tide turned in the seventh. With the Gents up one, freshman Matthew Devillier allowed a double and three walks to tie the game. Senior Dakota Brown came in and got a sacrifice fly and a line out around a caught stealing. However, the Tigers took a 9-8 lead after seven innings.

Trinity’s Kevin Flores struck out the side in the eighth and ninth for his first save of the season. Chris Tate (3-0) threw four innings to record the win, allowing eight hits and five runs (four earned) with five strikeouts. Andrew Waters went 2-for-4 with four RBI’s and a run scored.

Down 1-0 after two, Centenary scored two in the second and three in the third to take a 5-1 advantage. A throwing error to lead off the third allowed junior Brooks Williams to advance to third. Freshman Cameron Guin followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit in half. A Schimpf single, a sacrifice bunt and a Zapata single gave the Gents their first lead.

Four hits in the fourth gave the Maroon and White a 5-1 advantage. Sophomore Cole Lavergne earned a free base when he was hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt and a Williams single put men on the corners with one out. Sophomore pinch hitter Nicholas Delaneuville drove in a run with a single. A single by Schimpf and an error scored another run and put two runners in scoring position.

A single by Maples put the Gents up 5-1. However, Trinity scored one in the bottom of the inning as Centenary up 5-2 after four.

A critical error opened the flood gates and led to five unearned runs in the fifth for Trinity. With the bases loaded and two outs, a ball squirted right through the first baseman’s legs to allowed a pair to score. A triple to right center by Winters turned a 5-4 lead into a 6-5 deficit for the Gents. A wild pitch scored Winters to push the disadvantage to two

Centenary returns to action Saturday afternoon against fourth-seeded Southwestern at 3:30 p.m.