Gents Stun No. 1 Texas A&M in Wednesday Afternoon Contest
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- After a tough opening night, the Centenary baseball team regrouped and came back strong to stun No. 1 Texas A&M 8-4 in a Wednesday afternoon contest.

The Gents started slow, going scoreless for three innings before knocking in three runs to take the lead for good in the top of the fourth.

Gents opened the fourth inning with Ricky Imperiali reaching base on an error followed by singles from Travis Leverson and Michael Tompkins. Steele Lewis' single to left field would then bring Imperiali and Leverson home and advance Tompkins to scoring position. Tompkins would go on to score off a ground out by Cliff Shepard. Gents would finish the inning with three runs off three hits, taking a lead they would hold the rest of the game.

Lewis led all Gents on the day by driving in three runs as he went 2-for-4 at the plate. The Gents also got help from junior Tompkins and Leverson who went 3-for-4 and 3-for-5 respectively driving in one run a piece, while Tell Ross, Tim Deering and Imperiali each had two hits on the day.

On the mound, senior Chris LaLonde was credited with his first win of the season after pitching two solid innings of relief, as he allowed only one hit and two earned runs. Joe Hagen started the game, pitched six innings, allowed just two runs on six hits, while walking three and fanning one. Justin Kraft secured the victory in the ninth by striking out two of the final three batters.

The Gents look to build on Wednesday's success as they take on Northern Iowa in a home series set to begin Friday at 6pm.