Gents Baseball Garners Two Wins in Home Opener
Sunday, February 28, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team picked up two wins over Grambling on Saturday in its home opener. The Gents took Game 1, 10-0, before closing out the day with a 7-2 victory in Game 2.

The Gents connected on 19 hits and 16 walks over two games to improve to 2-3 on the season.

Game 1: Centenary 10, Grambling 0

Junior right-hander Boone Whiting (1-0) (8.0, 5,0,0,0,7) earned his first win of the season, tossing 8.0 complete innings, allowing no runs on five hits, while fanning seven. Junior righty Derek Dalzell (1.0,1,0,0,0,0) threw the final inning in relief, giving up just one hit.

At the plate, Centenary was led by juniors Scott Pasket (3x5, 1 R, RBI) and Alex Todd (3x5, R, RBI) with three hits, while senior Michael Tompkins (2x5, RBI) had two knocks. Also picking up a hit for the Gents was junior Keegan Acker (1x2, 2R) and seniors Tell Ross (1x4, 2R, RBI) and Cliff Shepard (1x4, 2 RBI).

Centenary got on board in the second when Pasket and Acker each singled, setting the table for Todd, who drove in Pasket on a single to centerfield to go up 1-0.

The Gents plated another run in the bottom of the third as junior Cody Atkinson reached on a fielder's choice and was later brought around to score on a Grambling error. Up 2-0, Centenary continued to add to its lead with two more runs in the fourth as the first four batters reached base allowing Tompkins and Shepard to drive in a run apiece on base hits.

Centenary never was challenged by the Tigers as it went up 7-0 with three more runs in the latter half of the fifth. Despite a few threats by Grambling, the Gents were able to escape the fifth and sixth, leaving four Tigers on base.

The Gents continued to take advantage of Grambling miscues, adding two more runs in the bottom of the seventh and one in the eighth to go up 10-0.

Game 2: Centenary 7, Grambling 2

Junior righty Justin Kraft (6.0,5,2,1,2,3) (1-1) garnered his first victory of the season, going 6.0 complete innings, surrendering one earned run on five hits, while fanning three. Senior southpaw Dakota Robinson (1.0,0,0,0,0,3) fanned the final three Grambling hitters in his 1.0 inning of relief work.

Picking up hits in Game 2 for the Gents was Ross (2x4, R), while Acker (1x2, 2R), Todd (1x4, 2 RBI), Shepard (1x2, R, RBI), Tompkins (1x3, 2 R), Pasket (1x3, R, RBI), and sophomore Jeff Schaffert (1x3, R) all contributed with a hit.

The Gents opened up with two early runs when Acker led off with a single to centerfield. A walk by Shepard and a double steal by Acker and Shepard allowed Tompkins to plate both runners on a single to right field.

Grambling responded in the top of the second for its first run on the day after a hit and a Centenary error. Though, up by one, the Gents wouldn't hang with Grambling much longer as it plated three in the frame as Todd picked up two RBI on a double down the left field line, followed by a SAC fly by Shepard to go up 5-1.

The Gents managed to get the first two Grambling batters out in the top of the third, but back-to-back hits gave them run number two. Held scoreless in the fourth, Centenary used a lead off triple by Ross, followed by a walk by junior Anthony Salinas, allowing Pasket and Schaffert to pick up an RBI.

Centenary will complete the weekend series on Sunday beginning with a nine-inning game at 1:00 pm followed by a seven-inning contest at Peyton Shehee Stadium.