Gents extend streak with offensive rampage
Saturday, March 3, 2012

ABILENE, TEXAS – Five Centenary batters drove in at least one run and senior hurler Lance Nugent continued his dominance on the mound as Centenary College downed Hardin-Simmons on the road 11-5 in American Southwest Conference baseball action.

Centenary used a five-run fifth and a four-run seventh to continue its offensive rampage, extending its win streak to five games, improving to 9-3 and 4-0 in ASC play as the Cowboys dropped to 5-5, 3-4.

Nugent (2-0) tossed 7 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, only three earned and fanned 11 batters, marking his second straight outing with double figure strikeouts. Taylor Henry and Trey Guccione threw 1/3 of an inning before Peyton Stover accounted for the final two outs.

The Gents offense kept its momentum from the 15-2 shellacking over the series finale against McMurry, smacking 12 hits off four Cowboy pitchers. Troy Nicholson (2-1) suffered his first loss after eight runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Stewart Person threw 1/3 of an inning before James Simmons was rocked for two hits and a run without recording an out. Parker Robinson closed the final 2 1/3, giving up one run and two hits.

Ryan Gasporra cranked a solo home run in the top of the first to give the Gents a 1-0 lead, but the Cowboys responded with two in the bottom half, holding that lead until the Gents plated five in the third, all with two outs.

Dan Lazarou started the rally with a single to shortstop before a Creamer sacrifice bunt. Lazarou moved to third on a Gasporra groundout and scored on Tyler Clakley’s single to right. Morton drove a double to right center to score Clakley. Following a Jeff Shaffert walk, Morton moved to third on a James single and scored on a wild pitch to push the lead to 4-2.

Marc Martinez then drove in two runs after a Cowboy fielding error to cap the big inning. Neither team would score again until Hardin-Simmons plated two in the bottom of the sixth, but Centenary’s hot bats responded in the top of the seventh with four more.

Nick Parrott gave Centenary a 7-4 by scoring on a balk, followed by a two-RBI James single. Martinez’s single caused a Cowboys throwing error, allowing Shaffert to cap the four-run frame.

The Cowboys tacked on one more to cut the margin to 10-5, but Clakley doubled to right center, moved to third on a Shaffert fly out and scored on another wild pitch to cap the game’s scoring.