Gents Earn Series Sweep Over Grambling, Take Final Two on Sunday
Monday, March 1, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Senior Cliff Shepard's RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth capped a series sweep for the Centenary baseball team against Grambling as it won Game 1, 10-2 and Game 2, 6-5 in extra innings on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action.

The Gents improved to 4-3 on the season as they pounded out 23 hits over two games and received solid pitching performances from both starters and relievers.

Game 1: Centenary 10, Grambling 2

Junior right-hander David Benson (1-1) (6.0,4,1,1,4,4) earned his first win of the season after tossing 6.0 complete innings, allowing one run on four hits, while fanning four and walking four.

Classmate Stephen Tromblee (1) (3.0,5,1,1,1,3) picked up his first save after throwing 3.0 innings of relief, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out three.

Offensively, the Gents connected on 14 hits and took advantage of seven walks to plate 10 runs. Leading the way at the plate for Centenary was junior Alex Todd (3x5, 3R, 3 RBI), Shepard (3x5, R, 2 RBI) and junior Scott Pasket (3x4, 2 RBI) each with three hits.

Benson held Grambling scoreless through the first two innings, before they picked up the first run of the game after a walk and an RBI-single. Though, Centenary wouldn't allow the Tigers to maintain their lead as they plated two runs­ in the bottom half of the frame when senior Tell Ross and Todd doubled, followed by a Shepard triple to go up 2-1.

Centenary added two more in the fifth on a two-run blast by Todd, his first of the season.

Tromblee took over in the top of the seventh, giving up a Grambling run on two singles. Though, again, the Gents would respond in usual fashion when Todd led off with a double, followed by single from Shepard, allowing sophomore Jeff Schaffert to plate Todd on a groundout.

Already ahead 5-2, Centenary wouldn't back down, scoring five more in the latter part of the eighth when Ross homered, scoring freshman Ryan Bell who led off with a single. Shepard and Pasket stayed hot, driving in one and two runs, respectively to wrap up a five-run, four-hit inning.

Also with hits was Ross (2x4, 2R, 2 RBI) with two, while juniors Keegan Acker (1x4), Anthony Salinas (1x5) and Bell (1x5, R) each had a knock.

Game 2: Centenary 6, Grambling 5 (8 innings)

Freshman righty Cole Thompson (1-0) (1.0,1,0,0,0,0) earned hits first win of his collegiate career after throwing 1.0 inning in relief as Centenary and Grambling were tied 5-5 through the scheduled seven innings.

Shepard drove in the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI-single, as he finished Game 2 with a 3x5 performance, scoring two runs and driving in three.

Also picking up hits for Centenary was senior Michael Tompkins (2x4, 2 RBI) and Todd (2x3) with a multi-hit game, while Pasket (1x4, RBI) and Salinas (1x3, 2R) each contributed with a hit.

The Gents jumped out to a 4-1 lead after spotting Grambling an early run. Through two innings, Shepard had two doubles, igniting five Centenary hits through those two frames.

Tompkins got the start (3.1,7,4,3,0,3) for Centenary, but was relieved after one out in the fourth as Derek Dalzell (1.2,1,0,0,2,2) pitched 1.2 innings out of the pen.

During that time, the Tigers were able to tie the game at 4-4 as they connected on three singles and a double.

Throwing in relief was lefty Dakota Robinson (2.0,2,1,0,1,1) as Grambling would then go on to take the lead at 5-4 in the sixth on two hits and a Centenary error. However the Gents would quickly respond with one of their own when Salinas reached on a Grambling miscue and was brought around to score on a single by Pasket.

All tied up, Thompson was able to work out of the eighth, leaving a runner stranded at third. Three Centenary walks in the bottom of the frame led to a bases loaded single by Shepard, plating Bell for the win.

Centenary will be back in action on Wednesday as it travels to Northwestern State for a 6:30 pm contest.