Gents Continue Winning Ways With Weekend Sweep
Sunday, April 18, 2010
SHREVEPORT-With one of its best starts in league play in recent years, the Centenary baseball continued its home dominance and strong play with an 8-2 win on Sunday afternoon over North Dakota State to secure the series sweep.

The Gents improved to 17-14 overall and post an impressive 7-1 mark in the Summit League after the weekend series. Centenary never trailed on Sunday as it connected on 15 hits including two long balls by junior Alex Todd and sophomore Jeff Schaffert, while being led by the arms of sophomore righty Seth Lugo, junior righty Derek Dalzell and senior southpaw Dakota Robinson.

Todd continued to stay strong at the plate with another multi-hit day, going 3x4 with two runs scored and three RBI, including his team-leading fifth home run of the season and second of the weekend.

Senior Michael Tompkins (3x4, R) also had three hits and scored a run, while Schaffert was 2x4 with a two-run home run, his first of the year. Senior Cliff Shepard (2x5, R, RBI) and sophomore David Perez (2x4, R) each had two hits.

Juniors Keegan Acker (1x3, R), Scott Pasket (1x5, RBI) and senior Jeff Ericson (1x4, R) also earned a knock.

Lugo (5.1,4,2,1,4,4) got the start, tossing 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts for his first win of the season.

Dalzell (1.2,1,0,0,0,0) pitched 1.2 innings in relief, giving up one hit, while Robinson (2.0,1,0,0,0,2) threw the final 2.0 innings, surrendering just one hit with two strikeouts.

Centenary produced a huge second inning as Tompkins opened the frame with a leadoff double to right center. Todd's single to right field would plate Tompkins for the first run of the game. Ericson's base knock put Todd at third, allowing freshman Ryan Bell to sacrifice his teammate in on a fly out to center field.

With one on and one out, Schaffert would belt a home run, clearing the left field wall for two more runs and a 4-0 lead.

The Gents maintained their lead until North Dakota State would bring it within two in the top of the fifth. The Bison would connect on three of their six hits and take advantage of a Centenary miscue in that inning.

After the first two batters recorded outs, Todd would give Centenary another run on a deep shot to left field for a 5-2 advantage.

Dalzell and Robinson combined to hold the Bison scoreless over the final 3.2 innings of play, giving up just two hits.

Centenary found a way to add three more runs over the seventh and eighth frames with singles from Shepard, Tompkins, and Todd in the seventh and singles from Perez, Pasket and Shepard in the eighth.

That win gave the Gents an 8-0 advantage over the Bison in the last two seasons as they improved to 13-5 at Shehee Stadium.

"The guys overcame a lot this weekend and we came out and played well," said head coach Ed McCann.

"We are starting to play the way I knew we were capable of playing all season long and if we continue to strive to get better, this season will end special."

Centenary will meet Hawaii on Tuesday evening at 6:05 pm in non-conference action.