#10 Arkansas Uses Two Big Innings to Drop Gents
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-The #10 Arkansas Razorbacks pounded out 15 hits and used two big innings to drop the Centenary baseball team in non-conference action, 18-2, on Tuesday evening at Baum Stadium.

The Gents fell to 8-11 and 0-6 on the road this season after the loss. Centenary combined for just three hits as sophomore Jeff Schaffert (1x4, RBI) doubled and drove in a run on a groundout, while senior Cliff Shepard (1x4) and junior Alex Todd (1x4) each had a hit.

Sophomore starter Seth Lugo (3.1,6,7,6,3,2) suffered his first loss of the season after tossing 3.1 innings, allowing six earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks.

Centenary saw itself jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when freshman Trey McGee led off with a walk. A sacrifice by junior Scott Pasket and a groundout by Shepard moved McGee to third, where he would then score on a pass ball.

Despite the early advantage, Arkansas would use three walks, two balks and a single to plate two runs to go ahead 2-1 in the latter half of the inning.

With two outs in the second, Schaffert would double, but was left stranded as the Razorbacks exited the inning without surrendering a run.

After being held with just another hit, a single by Shepard, in the third and no runs, Centenary gave way to another Arkansas run when Andy Wilkens' solo shot would extend its lead to 3-1.

Seniors Michael Tompkins and Jeff Ericson opened the fourth for Centenary with back-to-back walks, before Todd would move them a base on a sacrifice bunt. Schaffert's RBI-groundout made it a one-run game.

Arkansas began to challenge Centenary's defense in the fourth and fifth frames, combining for 13 total runs on 10 hits and three errors. The Razorbacks went up 16-2, while Centenary struggled a bit to find its offensive momentum.

A scoreless sixth, led to two more runs for Arkansas in the seventh on a single to centerfield that scored two runs.

Todd would single in the ninth and move Bell to second after he reached on a fielder's choice, but a fly out and ground out ended any chance of the Gents making a late run.

Junior Stephen Tromblee (1.1,7,9,2,3,1) tossed 1.1 innings in relief, giving up nine runs, two of which were earned on seven hits. Classmate Derek Dalzell (3.1,2,2,2,1,3) pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with three strikeouts.

Centenary will wrap up its mid-week series with #10 Arkansas on Wednesday at 3:05 pm.