Gents Earn 6-4 Win Over Broncs
Saturday, April 3, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Junior Boone Whiting tossed seven complete innings and struck out 11 batters to lead the Centenary baseball team to a 6-4 win over UT-Pan American on Friday evening in non-conference action.

The Gents improved to 9-12 on the season behind an all-around solid performance. Whiting (7.0,5,1,1,2,11) allowed just one run on five hits in 7.0 innings of work to earn the win. The righty struck out 11 and walked just two to improve to a 2-1 record this season.

Sophomore Seth Lugo (0.1,0,0,0,0,0) earned his second save of the year after recording the final out of the game. Senior Dakota Robinson (1.2,6,3,3,0,2) tossed 1.2 innings of relief of Whiting, allowing three runs on six hits with two strikeouts.

Offensively, the Gents connected on seven hits, led by freshman Trey McGee with a 2x3 performance and two runs scored. Junior Alex Todd (1x2, 2R, 2 RBI) blasted a two-run bomb to center field to plate two, while classmate Scott Pasket (1x2, 2 RBI) drove in two with a pinch-hit triple.

Also picking up a hit for Centenary, was junior Keegan Acker (1x3, RBI), freshman Ryan Bell (1x4) and senior Tell Ross (1x3, R).

Centenary struck first in the home half of the second when Todd belted a two-run shot to dead center field, driving in McGee would had reached on a single.

Whiting was solid on the mound, holding UT-Pan American scoreless through four innings. The Broncs would respond with one run in the top of the fifth after an RBI-double by Bryant Elliot.

The Gents would pick up three more runs in the sixth as sophomore Jeff Schaffert would plate freshman Matt Creamer, who pinch ran for lead off Tompkins. Pasket would enter the game to pinch hit, sending a rocket down the right field line, driving in Todd and Ross who reached on a walk and hit-by-pitch.

Ahead 3-0, Centenary would continue to add to its lead with another run in the eighth when Ross and McGee each led off with singles, allowing Todd to sacrifice the two over. A Schaffert walk would load the bases, allowing Acker to move to first on a RBI-walk.

UT-Pan American fired back in the top of the ninth with three runs of its own on five hits, however strong defense and composure on the mound, gave the Gents the win, escaping any threat with a runner left on base.

Cody Plunk (5.2,5,5,5,5,3) suffered the loss for UT-Pan American, falling to 2-1 on the season after allowing five runs on five hits with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.

Garrett Bivone led the Broncs at the plate with a 3x4, one run effort.

Centenary will meet the Broncs on Saturday at 2:00 pm at Shehee Stadium for Game 2 of the three-game set.