Big Sixth Inning Earns Gents Win Over Razorbacks
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ is the old adage, and for Centenary small ball isn’t worth fixing. The Gents scored one in the first without getting a hit, in route to their, 5-1, win over Arkansas on Wednesday afternoon at Baum Stadium. The win over the Razorbacks, was Centenary’s first victory over a SEC opponent since the 6-1 win over LSU back in 2005.


Junior Jomar Tabor got the game started by drawing a walk and was to move all the way to third on an error by the pitcher, who was trying pick-off the speedster. Junior Steele Lewis, who was third up in the lineup grounded out to short, which was enough the score the Kalamazoo, Mich., native.


Things remained in favor of Centenary until the fifth, and that’s when the Hogs got on the board with a home run by Andrew Darr to tie the game at one. However, the Gents did not allow the homer to affect them, as they answered back three in the sixth.


Centenary junior Ricky Imperiali got his team-high sixth double of the year in the sixth, which helped spark the Gents offense. Following Imperiali, Lewis had an infield single, moving Imperiali to third. Senior Cameron Penney was able to improve his hitting streak to six games on a single to center, which scored Imperiali. The Gents were able to load the bases on the next batter, as senior Alex Maldonado walked.


Arkansas starting pitcher Sam Murphy was yanked after walking Maldonado to load the bases. Razorbacks’ relief pitcher Brett Eibner’s first pitch got away from the catcher, bringing in Lewis, which was the second run of the inning.


Senior Teddy Sanez, who was the batter on the wild pitch, picked-up one of his two RBIs on the afternoon on sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Penney for the final run of the inning. 


The Gents were able to score once more in the contest, as Sanez singled to right in the eighth, which brought home Penney, after he got himself on base with a single to center.


The Centenary pitching staff had a marvelous game, as sophomore Dakota Robinson started the game, going four innings, scattering two hits and striking out two. Freshman Justin Kraft earned his team leading fifth win of the year, after pitching three innings in relief, while classmate Boone Whiting pitched the final two innings and did not allow a hit.


“We just pitched lights out today,” said head coach Ed McCann. “Our three guys were on a pitch count, but to them it didn’t matter. They went out there and showed Arkansas that Tuesday didn’t affect us.”


The Gents will be back home on Saturday for a twinbill against Grambling State, starting at 1 p.m.