Baseball Shows Well in Series Finale
Sunday, March 28, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Strong pitching and timely hitting led to a 5-3 series finale win for the Centenary baseball team over Binghamton on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action.

The Gents (8-10) garnered nine hits and executed several offensive situations to a tee in the victory. Senior Cliff Shepard led the way with a 2x3 performance, a run scored and two RBI. Classmate Tell Ross (2x4, R) and sophomore David Perez (2x4) also had a multi-hit outing.

Also picking up a knock on the day were freshmen Trey McGee (1x3, R), Matt Creamer (1x3, 2 R), and senior Jeff Ericson (1x4, RBI).

Senior Dakota Robinson (2.1,2,0,0,0,5) pitched the final 2.1 innings in relief to garner his first win of the season. The southpaw allowed just two hits, while fanning five.

Junior starter David Benson (6.1,8,3,3,1,3) was granted the no-decision after tossing 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Binghamton plated the first run of the game in the top of the second on back-to-back doubles to centerfield. However, the Gents would respond in the third with a run of their own when Creamer reached second on a throwing error to lead off the inning. He was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from McGee and was driven in on an RBI-single from Shepard.

Both teams were held hitless in the fourth, but Centenary would take a 2-1 lead in the home half of the fifth when again, Creamer reached on a lead off single. Another McGee-sacrifice allowed Shepard to plate Creamer for the second time in consecutive at-bats with a base knock to right field.

The Bearcats opened the seventh with two runs on four singles to even the score at 2-2. Though, the Gents produced a solid seventh to retake over the lead with three runs.

Sophomore Jeff Schaffert walked to open the frame. A Creamer-sacrifice put pinch-runner Justin Kraft at second. McGee would single to put runners at first and third. Junior Alex Todd's sacrifice fly would plate Kraft. Shepard was then intentionally walked, allowing Ross and Ericson to drive in the final two runs on hard singles up the middle.

Robinson was able to close out the game with four strikeouts, despite a ninth-inning scare by Binghamton as it stranded two on base.

Centenary will travel to Arkansas to face the Razorbacks from the SEC on Tuesday and Wednesday with games set to begin at 6:35 pm on each day.