Gents Blanked by #2 LSU, 4-0, in Final Game
Sunday, February 21, 2010
BATON ROUGE, La.-The Centenary baseball team concluded its three-game opening weekend set with LSU, falling in Game 3, 4-0, after holding the Tigers to just one run through six complete innings on Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium.

Gents' (0-3) starter junior transfer David Benson (5.0,6,1,1,1,2) suffered the loss after tossing a 5.0 inning gem, allowing one run on six hits, while fanning two and walking one. Senior Cliff Shepard led Centenary at the plate with a 2x4 effort, while senior Michael Tompkins (1x4), sophomore Jeff Schaffert (1x3) and juniors Keegan Acker (1x4) and Anthony Salinas (1x3) all contributed with a hit.

Tompkins had Centenary's first knock of the day, a double to right field to lead off the second inning, however, LSU was able to handle the next three batters in order and escape without allowing a run.

Strong defense and solid pitching by the Gents held the Tigers without a run through 3.0 complete innings until LSU's Blake Dean belted a solo homerun to right center to make it a 1-0 game.

Centenary managed to hold the Tigers to the single run as senior Dakota Robinson (1.0,0,0,0,1,0) replaced Benson in the bottom of the sixth, shutting down LSU.

Junior Stephen Tromblee (1.1,4,3,3,2,2) saw action in the seventh in relief of Robinson as LSU drew a leadoff walk, which followed by a stolen base and a wild pitch to advance to third. Tigers' Matt Gaudet then singled to drive in LSU's second run.

Centenary opened the eighth with two strikeouts before Shepard would single, though LSU was able to hold the Gents scoreless before adding two more runs in the bottom half of the frame.

Tigers' Micah Gibbs cranked a two-run shot after a walk to help LSU to a 4-0 lead. With one out, junior Justin Kraft (0.2,0,0,0,0,0) entered as sophomore catcher Jeff Schaffert gunned his third base runner out, before Kraft got the final batter to fly out.

Centenary was retired in order in the top of the ninth, falling in its third straight game to the second-ranked Tigers.

The Gents had six hits on the day, while LSU managed to fan 11 Centenary batters.

The Tigers were led offensively by Gibbs with a 2x4 performance, a run scored and 2 RBI, while Gaudet was 2x2 with an RBI and Dean was 1x3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Starter Joey Bourgeois (1-0) (6.0,4,0,0,0,7) got the win for LSU after shutting down Centenary in 6.0 complete innings, allowing just four hits and fanning seven.

Centenary will return to action when it hosts Grambling State in a four-game series at home beginning on Friday at 4:00 pm at Peyton Shehee Stadium.