Gents Drop Two to Hot-Hitting Bearcats
Sunday, March 28, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team faced a strong Binghamton offense, falling in both games on Saturday, 16-0 and 7-6 in non-conference action.

The Gents (7-10) posted 18 hits over two contests, but the Centenary pitching staff would allow the Bearcats to connect on 28 knocks.

Game 1: Binghamton 16, Centenary 0

Sophomore Jeff Schaffert (2x3), senior Jeff Ericson (2x4) and freshman Trey McGee (2x4) all had a multi-hit game with two hits, while senior Tell Ross (1x4), juniors Alex Todd (1x2), Conald Mansfield (1x1) and sophomore David Perez (1x3) all had a hit.

Junior righty Boone Whiting (7.0,9,7,5,2,9) would toss 7.0 complete innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits with nine strikeouts, but would suffer the loss to fall to 1-1 on the season.

Centenary would spot Binghamton an early run in the first inning after two consecutive miscues in the infield. The Gents left one stranded after a leadoff single and a hit-by-pitch in the latter half of the frame.

The Binghamton pitching staff held Centenary with only two hits over the next two frames before adding to its lead over the final six innings. The Bearcats used 14 of its 16 hits and a Gents error to go up 16-0.

Also seeing action on the mound for Centenary were seniors Michael Tompkins (0.1,4,4,4,0,0), Jimmy Hoyt (0.2,1,3,3,2,1) and freshman Cole Thompson (1.0,2,2,2,1,1).

Binghamton's James Giulletti (7.0,8,0,0,1,6) tossed 7.0 shutout innings with eight hits and six strikeouts.

Game 2: Binghamton 7, Centenary 6

A two-run home run to centerfield by senior Jeff Ericson in the bottom of the seventh wasn't enough to secure the win as Centenary fell by just one run in Game 2.

Offensively, senior Cliff Shepard (2x3, R, RBI) had two hits, while junior Scott Pasket (1x3, R, RBI), Tompkins (1x3), Todd (1x3, R), Schaffert (1x3), Ericson (1x4, R, 2 RBI), and Perez (1x2, R) each had a knock.

Junior Derek Dalzell (0.1,2,2,2,0,0) entered in relief of starter righty Justin Kraft. Dalzell tossed 0.1 of an inning, allowing two runs on two hits for the loss, falling to 1-1 on the season.

The Gents gave up a late lead to the Bearcats after going ahead 3-1 after two frames, while taking advantage of some early mistakes by Binghamton on defense.

Down by two, the Bearcats would narrow the score to one on two hits. After Pasket reached first on a hit-by-pitch to open the fourth, Tompkins would advance him to third on a double, allowing Ross to lay down a perfectly executed squeeze bunt sending the Gents ahead 4-2.

Though, Binghamton's bat came alive in the latter innings, playing five runs over the next two frames on six hits and a Centenary error to take the late lead at 7-4. Ericson would then homer, but a final fly out would send the Gents home empty handed.

Kraft (5.0,7,4,2,2,4) got the start, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, while striking out four.

Junior Stephen Tromblee (1.2,3,1,1,0,4) would toss the final 1.2 innings in relief of Dalzell, allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts.

Binghamton's Joe Swindells (1.1,2,0,0,0,1) picked up his first win in relief.

Centenary will wrap up the weekend series on Sunday with a single game beginning at 2:00 pm.