Gents' Bats Shutdown by Panthers
Friday, February 27, 2009

SHREVEPORT – Senior Ricky Imperiali and junior Travis Leverson each had two hits, but Northern Iowa’s pitching shut the Centenary baseball team down on Friday night, as the Gents fell 9-2.


The Gents looked as though they were going to strike early, but they couldn’t push across senior Tim Deering and Imperiali, who led-off with walks. Centenary would threaten again in the third, but the outstanding pitching by Nick Kirk killed the Gents’ chances to score.


Centenary finally scratched across its first run in the sixth on an RBI by ground out by senior Steele Lewis, which cut the deficit down to three. However, in the seventh and eighth innings UNI plated five runs to put the game out of reach.


On the mound for Centenary was freshman Jacob Lugo (0-1), who went four innings, allowed five hits, three runs, walked four, but fanned six. His counterpart Kirk (1-1) went seven strong scattered five hits, allowed one run, walked three and struck out nine.  


Centenary and Northern Iowa will tangle in a double header on Saturday afternoon beginning at 12 p.m. The game can be heard on with the pregame show starting at 11:50.