Gents Blow Lead, Fall to Georgia State
Saturday, March 20, 2010
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.-An uncharacteristic night of 26 combined hits and 19 total runs allowed Georgia State to rally back and defeat the Centenary baseball team, 10-9 in the Governors Classic hosted by Austin Peay on Friday evening.

The Gents (6-7) took a commanding 7-0 lead, but watched it slip away in the final three innings. Centenary managed to out hit the Panthers (14-12) as all nine starters garnered a hit. Senior Tell Ross (2x5, R, 3 RBI) belted his third home run of the season, while juniors Keegan Acker (2x3, 3 R), Scott Pasket (2x2, 2 RBI) and freshmen Ryan Bell (2x4, 2 R) and Trey McGee (2x4, R, RBI) all had a multi-hit evening at the plate.

Also picking up a knock for the Gents were seniors Michael Tompkins (1x4, R), Cliff Shepard (1x4), junior Alex Todd (1x5) and sophomore Jeff Schaffert (1x3, R).

Centenary went up 3-0 in the top of the first when Acker led off the game with a single up the middle. A sacrifice bunt by Pasket and groundout by Shepard moved Acker to third. Tompkins followed with a walk before Ross homered.

Gents starter Boone Whiting (5.2,4,3,3,3,8) held Georgia State scoreless as Centenary would add another run in the top of the second when Pasket's double to right center would score Acker who had reached on his second single of the game.

Up 4-0 through three innings, Centenary continued to build on its lead with two more runs in the fourth for a solid 6-0 tilt. With two outs, McGee reached on an infield singled, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. After Acker was hit-by-a-pitch, Pasket plated McGee on another knock. Acker would eventually score the second run on a throwing error by the Panthers.

Bell got things going in the sixth with a leadoff double down the left field line allowing McGee's single to plate him for the Gents' seventh run.

However, Georgia State would respond with three of its own on three hits, including a two-run double. Centenary south paw Dakota Robinson (0.1,6,4,4,4,2,1) would enter in relief of Whiting.

The Panthers tied the game at 7-7 in the seventh as Robinson left after tossing 0.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Junior righty Derek Dalzell (1.1,2,3,2,1,0) pitched the final three outs of the inning.

Centenary would bounce back and take over the lead in the top of the eighth when Schafftert opened the frame with a double followed by an infield single by Bell. Freshman Matt Creamer's ground ball to shortstop, plated two as he would reach and advance to second on an error.

Two singles and walk by the Panthers in the eighth allowed them to open the scoring gates. Junior lefty Stephen Tromblee (0.2,0,0,0,1,0) entered the game in relief of Dalzell, but an RBI-groundout, an error and a wild pitch would haunt the Gents as Georgia State plated three to go up 10-9.

Centenary wasn't able to respond in the ninth, going down in order.

Tromblee suffered the loss and fell to 0-2 on the season.

The Gents will return to play on Saturday with Georgia State at 3:30 pm and Austin Peay at 7:30 pm.