Gents Offense Explodes With 17 Runs for Win
Sunday, March 21, 2010
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.-The Centenary baseball team used a strong and consistent offense all game to defeat Georgia State, 17-13, on Saturday afternoon at Austin Peay's Governors' Classic.

Centenary (7-7) pounded out 16 hits, led by five players with a multi-hit game and three Gents with home runs. Senior Cliff Shepard was 3x5 with three runs scored and three RBI, while junior Alex Todd added a 3x5 performance with three runs scored and two RBI and classmate Derek Dalzell was 3x4 with a run scored and an RBI. Sophomore David Perez finished 2x3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while senior Tell Ross was 2x4 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Seniors Michael Tompkins (1x5, 2 RBI), Jeff Ericson (1x5, R, 4 RBI), sophomore Jeff Schaffert (1x4, R, 2 RBI) and freshman Trey McGee (1x4, 3 R, RBI) each had a knock, while driving in a combined nine runs.

Georgia State went up 3-0 in the top of the first on two hits and a sacrifice fly, but Centenary would trim the lead to one (3-2) when McGee and Shepard each walked, paving the way for Tompkins' two-run double to left center.

The Gents gained a 4-3 advantage in the home half of the third when Ross was hit by a pitch, followed by a double by Todd. They were driven in when Schaffert reached on a Panther error and Dalzell singled through the left side.

Georgia State responded in unusual fashion when it belted three home runs in the top of the fourth inning to go up 8-4. It would then add five more runs on just two hits, including a three-run long ball the following inning.

Down 13-4, the Centenary bats came alive in the latter half of the sixth when Ross walked and Todd doubled to left field. Schaffert's walk loaded the bases for Ericson to explode on his first career grand slam, making it a 13-8 game with no outs. After a groundout, the Gents sent Perez to the plate with no one on as he connected on his first home run in just his second at-bat of his short career to help pull the Gents within four.

McGee and Shepard would both later reach on an error and single, respectively. With two outs, Ross, Todd and Schaffert all combined for consecutive hits, giving the Gents nine runs on seven hits and a tied 13-13 game.

Tompkins got the job done on the mound, holding the Panthers scoreless in the sixth after relieving starter David Benson (4.2,8,12,12,5,4) who tossed the first 4.2 innings, allowing 12 runs on eight hits, while fanning four.

The Gents posted four more runs in the bottom half of the frame when Dalzell walked prior to back-to-back singles by Perez and McGee. With two on, Shepard continued his hitting streak with his third home run of the year to send Centenary ahead 17-13.

It remained a scoreless contest for both teams the final three frames as Tompkins (1.2,4,1,1,0,3) earned his first win of the season, tossing 1.2 innings in relief, allowing one run on four hits and three strikeouts.

Sophomore Seth Lugo (2.2,1,0,0,1,6) shut down the Panthers during the last 2.2 innings, giving up one hit and fanning an impressive six for his first save.

Centenary plays Austin Peay Saturday evening at approximately 8:00 pm.