All-Around Effort Sends Gents Home with Two Victories and Series Win
Sunday, April 11, 2010
CEDAR CITY, Utah-The Centenary baseball team used an all-around solid effort from the pitching staff and offense to pick up two big wins, a 7-5 victory in Game 1 and a 3-2 win in eight innings in Game 2, over Summit League foe, Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon.

The Gents improved to 13-14 overall and 3-1 in league play after securing the series win. Centenary connected on 14 hits, including eight doubles on the day.

Game 1: Centenary 7, Southern Utah 5

The Gents pounded out nine hits, including six doubles as senior Jeff Ericson led the way with a 3x5, one-run, two-RBI performance, while classmate Cliff Shepard was 2x4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI and junior Keegan Acker finished 2x5 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Junior Scott Pasket (1x4), senior Tell Ross (1x4, R, RBI) and sophomore Jeff Schaffert (RBI) each contributed with a hit and RBI.

Senior Dakota Robinson (3.0,5,3,2,0,2) earned the win after throwing 3.0 innings of relief, allowing two earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Sophomore Seth Lugo (5.0,4,2,1,2,3) had a solid start, tossing 5.0 innings, giving up just one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts, but was granted the no-decision, while junior Stephen Tromblee (1.0,1,0,0,1,0) pitched the final inning for the save, his second of the season.

Centenary plated a run in the first inning when Acker led off the game with a double and scored on an RBI-single from Ross. However, Southern Utah responded with a run after a leadoff triple and a sacrifice fly.

The Gents would add another run in the third after Acker doubled for the second time in two at-bats, allowing Shepard to plate him with an RBI-sacrifice bunt.

Ericson singled to open the fourth frame, followed by Todd who was hit-by-a-pitch, giving way to a sacrifice fly from Schaffert to give Centenary its third run.

The Thunderbirds' first two batters in the fifth reached base and one eventually came around to score on a passed ball to make it a 3-2 game.

Centenary went up 5-2 in the seventh all after two outs. Shepard got things going with a double, followed by a Ross who reached after being hit by. Ericson would then drive in two on a double to left field.

Southern Utah challenged the Gents with three runs and a tied game on four hits and a Centenary error.

But the consistency at the plate wasn't over for Centenary as it plated a run in the eighth and ninth frames for the win. Pasket led off the eighth inning with a double, followed by a Tompkins-walk before scoring on a wild pitch.

In the ninth, Shepard continued strong hitting with another double to begin. He was moved to third by Ross and scored on a groundout by Todd.

Game 2: Centenary 3, Southern Utah 2 (8 innings)

Junior starter David Benson (7.0,7,2,0,2,7) tossed an impressive 7.0 inning game, allowing no earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts to earn the win and improve to 3-2 on the season.

Senior Michael Tompkins (1.0,1,0,0,0,0) came in to close out the final inning, giving up one hit to earn the save, his first this season.

Offensively, Ericson had another solid game, connecting on two more doubles in a 2x4, one-run, one-RBI effort. Acker (1x4), Todd (1x4, R), and Pasket (1x3) all had a hit, while Schaffert had an RBI.

Centenary went up 1-0 in the second inning when Ericson doubled down the left field line. A groundout advanced him to third, allowing Schaffert to plate him on a RBI-groundout to shortstop.

The Thunderbirds tied the game at 1-1 in the third after a single and an error. It remained a tied game until the sixth when Ericson drove in Ross who walked on an RBI-double, again down the left field line.

Southern Utah plated a run in the seventh after it connected on two hits and used an error to force the game into extra innings.

Centenary used a leadoff single by Todd, a walk by Ross and a double steal that eventually score Todd on an error by Southern Utah's catcher in the eighth for the win.

Tompkins was able to go in and shut down the Thunderbird offense in the home half, relieving Benson, for the save.

Centenary returns home to host North Dakota State this weekend in Summit League play beginning Friday at 6:00 pm.