#2 LSU Too Strong for Gents in Game 2
Sunday, February 21, 2010

BATON ROUGE, La.-In Game 2 of the three-game set, the Centenary baseball team wasn't able to find an answer to the second-ranked LSU Tigers' explosive offensive performance as they dropped the contest, 25-8 on Saturday evening at Alex Box Stadium.

The Gents (0-2) connected on 12 hits as senior Tell Ross led the way with a 3x4 performance, including a three-run homerun. Junior Keegan Acker (2x4, 2 R) and senior Cliff Shepard (2x5, R, RBI) had two knocks for Centenary, while juniors Alex Todd (1x5), Cody Atkinson (1x2), Scott Pasket (1x4, 2 RBI) and freshmen Ryan Bell (1x2, R, RBI) and Matt Creamer (1x1, R) each had a hit.

LSU plated seven runs in the first inning on five hits and two Centenary errors before going up 12-0 on five more runs in the bottom half of the third. The Tigers' designated hitter Matt Gaudet blasted his second homerun of the night to lead off the fourth, adding to LSU's lead.

Centenary struggled to get things going as LSU held the Gents scoreless through the fifth and were up 1-0 before the Gents would plate a runner.

Acker and Shepard produce singles in the top of the sixth, setting the table for Ross to belt a three-run home run to make it a 16-3 game. Despite Centenary's threat, LSU was able to escape the inning and add six more of their own in the bottom half of the frame.

Shepard connected on his second hit of the game with a single up the middle in the top fo the seventh to drive in Acker who had walked. Centenary held LSU scoreless after a double play and a foul out.

Down 20-4, the Gents scored three runs in the eighth when Ross led off with an infield single. With back-to-back walks, senior Jeff Ericson's SAC fly plated one, before Pasket tripled to left center, scoring two more to make it a 20-7 game.

However, LSU continued to stay consistent, scoring three more on two hits and an error. Bell picked up an RBI when Creamer scored after singling to open the inning.

Centenary pitcher junior Justin Kraft (1.0,5,7,1,1,0) suffered the loss and fell to 0-1 after surrendering one earned runs on five hits in just 1.0 inning of work.

Senior Michael Tompkins (2.0,6,5,5,1,0), sophomore Seth Lugo (0.2,3,3,2,0,1), freshmen Trey McGee (1.1,3,3,2,2,0), Cole Thompson (0.1,4,4,4,3,0) and junior Derek Dalzell (2.2,2,3,0,2,1) all saw action in relief.

For LSU, starter Austin Ross (5.0,3,0,0,0,5) (1-0) earned the win after pitching 5.0 complete innings, allowing just three hits, no runs and fanned five.

Centenary committed six errors on the evening as six of LSU's 25 runs were unearned.

Centenary will wrap up the three-game series on Sunday at 1:00 pm.