Baseball Stays Sharp with Two More Wins
Sunday, April 18, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team improved to 6-1 in Summit League play after two big wins over North Dakota State on Saturday afternoon. The Gents took Game 1, 4-2 and Game 2, 5-0.

Centenary (16-14, 6-1 Summit) pounded out 16 hits on the day led by junior Alex Todd with a 5x7, one run, two-RBI afternoon, including a two-run bomb in Game 2, his fourth of the season. Senior Cliff Shepard also had a solid day at the plate, hitting 4x7 with one run scored and four RBI.

Game 1: Centenary 4, North Dakota State 2

Junior starter David Benson (5.0,7,2,0,3,3) picked up a win in Game 1 after tossing 5.0 complete innings, allowing no earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.

Classmate Stephen Tromblee (1.1,1,0,0,0,1) earned his second consecutive save and fourth of the season after pitching 1.1 innings of work with one strikeout.

Also contributing key innings in relief of Benson were senior Dakota Robinson (2.1,2,0,0,2,1) with 2.1 innings tossed, allowing just two hits and no runs, while junior Derek Dalzell (0.1,1,0,0,0,1) garnered one strikeout.

Todd went 3x4 to lead Centenary offensively, while Shepard was 2x4 with a double and two RBI and junior Keegan Acker was 2x4 with a run scored and run driven in.

Also picking up hits were seniors Tell Ross (1x1), Michael Tompkins (1x3, R), and freshman Ryan Bell (1x2, 2 R).

It remained a 0-0 game until Centenary took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when Shepard drove in Acker who singled and Bell who walked on a double to center field.

The Gents added to their lead with another run in the fourth when sophomore Jeff Schaffert's groundout to second base plated Tompkins who led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch.

Holding onto a 3-0 lead, North Dakota State would answer back and make it a one-run game (3-2) with two in the top of the sixth on two hits and a Centenary error.

Though, Bell would open the seventh frame with a single up the middle. He would then steal second and take third on a Bison miscue, allowing Acker to drive him in on a base knock.

Centenary's staff held North Dakota State's offense to just two hits in the final two frames to take Game 1.

McHale Maristuen (5.1,8,3,3,1,5) suffered the loss for the Bison after tossing 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits.

Zach Wentz was 3x5 to lead North Dakota State at the plate.

Game 2: Centenary 5, North Dakota State 0

Junior starter Justin Kraft (6.2,6,0,0,2,5) went the distance and secured his third win of the season to improve to 3-3. The righty tossed 6.2 innings of work, allowed no runs on six hits with five strikeouts.

Shepard (2x3, R, 2 RBI) and Todd (2x3, R, 2 RBI) each garnered two hits, scored one run and drove in two as Shepard doubled and Todd homered, to lead the Gents offensively in Game 2. Senior Jeff Ericson (2x3) picked up Centenary's other two hits as the Gents registered six in the final contest on Saturday.

Centenary plated three of its five runs in the first inning after Shepard drove in junior Scott Pasket who walked on an RBI-single to right field. Tompkins would draw a two-out walk, allowing Todd to drive them both in on a deep shot over the left field wall for a 3-0 lead.

Kraft and Bison counterpart Mark Hermes (4.0,6,5,3,3,2) held their respective opponents scoreless for the next three innings. Centenary's defense was able to escape the fourth inning, stranding two runners on for the Bison after two hits.

The Gents added two more insurance runs to their lead in the fifth when Pasket was hit-by-a-pitch to open the frame. A double to left center by Shepard plated Pasket for run number one. Shepard then came around to score after being advanced to third on a fly out by Tompkins.

Due to a quick downpour of rain, the game was called after two out were recorded in the top of the seventh and both teams had reached regulation status for the seven-inning contest.

Hermes took the loss for the Bison after tossing 4.0 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits.

Tanner Adam and Tim Jallen each went 2x3 at the plate.

Centenary will wrap up the weekend series at 11:35 am on Sunday.