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Baseball takes 2 of 3 from the Warriors
Monday, February 6, 2012

Shreveport, LA.-Gents take 2 of 3 from Hendrix in Opening Weekend action

 

GAME 1 -- With rain and wet field conditions hitting the Shreveport area early Saturday, the originally scheduled double-header was delayed three hours from the original 12:00 p.m. start.

The Warriors’ (1-2) bats exploded for 27 hits in the four-hour marathon highlighted by their 11-run 5th inning.  Those 11 runs represent one of the highest single-inning outputs ever seen at Shehee Stadium.   The game proved to be an offensive battle as the Gents’ (2-1) bats heated up in the late innings, scoring 9 runs over the final 4 innings, but it was not enough.

The Gents’ pitching could not seem to find its rhythm as a total of seven pitchers came in and allowed a total of 17 runs over the final six innings. Junior starter Cole Thompson (3.0,7,4,4,1,1) received the nod on opening day. He saw some trouble early, allowing four runs, all earned, and one walk in three innings of work. The righty fanned one, but fell to 0-1 on the year.

Junior Tyler Clakley led the offense with a 4-for-5 performance and three RBIs, and Senior Kyle Morton batted 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Juniors Matt Creamer, Ryan Gaspora, and Jamari James and senior Kyle Morton each scored two runs. 

GAME 2 -- Centenary came back in game two of the doubleheader to earn the split of the day.  The Gents had outstanding pitching and timely hitting to take the night cap 6-4.

 

Getting the start in game two for the gentlemen was Senior Lance Nugent (5.1,5,4,3,5,4). Nugent pitched a solid 5.1 innings while scattering five hits. The senior hurler managed to fan four hitters in his first appearance of the season, picking up the win in the process (1-0).  Freshman pitcher Taylor Henry (1) relieved Nugent (1.2,1,0,0,0,4) and pitched lights out in his first collegiate outing. Henry came into the game in a jam and preserved the Gents’ lead. In the final inning, he recorded three strikeouts to pick up his first save of the year.

 

The offense for the Gentlemen was lead by senior Jeff Schaffert. Schaffert was 2-for-3 on the day including a huge double in the 4th  that sparked a four-run inning. Also collecting RBI’s for the Gents were juniors Matt Creamer (2-4) and Craig Littleman(0-2) and freshman Dylan DeBrouwer (1-1).

 

GAME 3 – In his first appearance as a Gent, freshman Chase Clarke (4.0, 3, 0, 0, 1, 3) pitched four scoreless innings, and senior Jeff Schaffert (1-5) drove in three runs to set the tone as Centenary took the rubber game of the series.

 

Schaffert’s biggest, and only, hit came in the first inning as he lined a pitch into the right-center field gap, driving home teammates Kyle Morton and Ryan Gasporra.  These two runs seemed to spark the Gents, and they would never trail in the game. 

 

Hendrix made it close in the middle innings, scoring three runs off of Gent reliever, Nic Parrott (1.2,6,3,3,3,1).  However, the Warriors were never able to get closer than one run, and freshman Taylor Henry (2) pitched the final 3.1 innings to earn his second consecutive save.   

 

Seniors Dan Lazarou and Morton led the way, each going 2-3 with a run scored.  The Gents racked up nine total hits as seven of the nine hitters were able to contribute at least one hit. 

 

The Gents return to action on Tuesday, February 7,  when they take on Texas College in a mid-week doubleheader.  The first game is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. with the nightcap starting at approximately 5:00 p.m. Fans can follow the live stats of the game at www.goCentenary.edu.