Gents See Early Lead Disappear in 9-4 Loss to #10 Arkansas
Thursday, April 1, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-The Centenary baseball team saw its 4-0 lead in the first inning disappear as they fell 9-4 to #10 Arkansas in the final game of the two-game set on Wednesday afternoon.

The Gents (8-12) were held to just three hits on the game as two came in the opening inning. Senior Michael Tompkins (1x4, R, 3 RBI) belted his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to right field, while classmate Tell Ross (1x4, R, RBI) and sophomore Jeff Schaffert (1x4) each had a hit.

Tompkins (6.0,8,7,4,0,3) got the start, but suffered the loss, falling to 1-2 on the season. The lefty tossed his longest outing of 6.0 innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.

Centenary took a quick lead in the first inning when freshman Trey McGee reached first on an Arkansas error. Junior Alex Todd followed with a walk, allowing Ross to drive in McGee on an RBI-single to left field. Two on and one out, Tompkins would then blast a three-run shot to put the Gents up 4-0.

Strong defense and solid pitching held Arkansas scoreless through the first two frames, before it would plate three in the home half of the third on three hits, including a two-run home run.

Still ahead 4-3, the Gents would see its lead disappear in the fourth as the Razorbacks tied the game at 4-4 on a lead off triple and an RBI-groundout.

Schaffert would pick up his hit, a double to left field in the fifth, however, Arkansas was able to shut down any scoring attempt by Centenary.

Arkansas would take its first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth after connecting on three doubles for three runs. Up 7-4, the Razorbacks would continue to add to their late lead with two final runs in the seventh on two more doubles.

Centenary would fall in order the final two frames.

Also seeing action on the mound for the Gents was senior Dakota Robinson (1.0,3,2,2,0,1) and McGee (1.0,1,0,0,1,1).

Arkansas staffed the game, tossing five different pitchers as TJ Forrest (2.0,1,0,0,1,1) picked up the win out of the pen. The Razorbacks connected on 12 hits, led by James McCann's 3x4 effort.

Centenary will return home to host UT-Pan American on Friday in non-conference action at 6:00 pm at Shehee Stadium.