Gents Fall in Series Finale, 4-2
Sunday, April 4, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team tied the game at 2-2 in the seventh, but couldn't find a way to push another run across as it fell 4-2 in the series finale against UT-Pan American on Easter Sunday.

The Gents (10-13) had seven hits on the day as senior Michael Tompkins (2x3, RBI) and sophomore Jeff Schaffert (2x4, RBI) led the way with two hits and an RBI apiece. Junior Keegan Acker (1x4), and seniors Cliff Shepard (1x3) and Tell Ross (1x4) each had a knock.

Junior David Benson (5.2,5,2,2,2,5) got the start but was relieved after 5.2 innings of work. The righty allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts.

Senior Dakota Robinson (1.0,0,2,0,1,0) tossed 1.0 inning of work in relief, allowing two runs, none of which were earned to suffer the loss, falling to 1-1 on the season.

Also pitching out of the pen for the Gents was junior Derek Dalzell (2.0,3,0,0,0,2) with 2.0 innings tossed, giving up just three hits and no runs with two strikeouts, while sophomore Seth Lugo (0.1,1,0,0,0,0) gave up a hit in 0.1 innings of work.

It remained a pitcher's duel for the first three innings as neither team plated a run.

Centenary broke open the 0-0 stalemate in the bottom of the fourth when freshman Ryan Bell led off with a walk. He was followed by a single to left field by Shepard and an infield single by Ross to load the bases. Tompkins would groundout into a double play, plating Bell for a 1-0 lead.

Benson continued to shut down the UT-Pan American offense through the fifth until the Broncs would challenge Centenary with two runs in the sixth on two hits.

Down 2-1, the Gents used a leadoff double down the right field line by Tompkins to gain momentum. A sacrifice bunt by junior Scott Pasket moved freshman pinch runner Matt Creamer to third, allowing Schaffert to drive him in on an RBI-single to left field to tie the game at 2-2.

Centenary had a chance to break up the even score in the eighth when Acker opened the frame with a single, followed by a sacrifice bunt from Bell, however, Broncs' pitcher Guadalupe Barrera entered and was able to escape the inning without surrendering a run.

UT-Pan American used a leadoff walk and a Centenary error to gain a 3-2 advantage in the ninth, which later allowed for the fourth run to score on a double to left field.

Centenary wasn't able to challenge the Broncs in the home half as it grounded into a double play to take the loss.

Barrera (1.2,0,0,0,0,0) picked up the win after tossing 1.2 innings of hitless ball for UT-Pan American.

Stuart MacInnes finished the day with a 4x5, one run, one RBI performance.

Centenary will travel to Southern Utah to open Summit League play this coming weekend.