Gents Streak Snapped with 5-2 Loss
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team couldn't find early momentum as it fell in non-conference action, 5-2, to Hawai'i on Tuesday evening at Shehee Stadium.

The Gents (17-15) were handcuffed early by the 'Bow pitching staff, as they managed to connect on just three hits through the first eight innings until a three-hit ninth, gave them six on the game.

Senior Jeff Ericson led the way offensively with a 1x3 performance, scoring one run and driving in one. Seniors Cliff Shepard (1x4, R), Michael Tompkins (1x4), sophomore Jeff Schaffert (1x4), and freshman Ryan Bell (1x3) each had a hit, while sophomore David Perez drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly.

Tompkins (6.0,7,5,4,3,2) got the start, but suffered the loss after tossing 6.0 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.

Junior Derek Dalzell (1.0,1,0,0,0,0) pitched 1.0 inning in relief, giving up one hit. Seniors Dakota Robinson (1.0,0,0,0,0,0) and Jimmy Hoyt (1.0,0,0,0,1,0) each tossed a scoreless innings, surrendering no hits out of the pen.

Hawai'i opened the game with three hits in the first inning to plate one run. The Gents were able to escape giving up another run when Shepard hosed the runner attempting to steal on a fly out from right field for a double-play.

The 'Bows would add to their lead with another run in the top of the second after Centenary committed two errors.

With one out in the latter half of the second, Ericson would single up the middle. A Hawai'i error put Bell at first, moving Ericson to second. Schaffert would then single to load the bases allowing Perez to sacrifice Ericson in on a fly out to right field for the Gents first run.

Centenary was held hitless for the next four frames, while the 'Bows would go up 5-1 after four hits through the sixth and seventh.

The Gents made it interesting in the ninth when Shepard led off with a single through the right side. Tompkins and Todd would each have back-to-back singles to load the bases. Ericson's fly out to right field plated Shepard. Junior pinch hitter Conald Mansfield would then draw a bases-loading walk, but a Hawai'i would force Centenary into a groundout double-play to end the game.

Connor Little (4.0,0,0,0,0,4) tossed 4.0 innings of hitless ball in relief to garner the win.

The 'Bows were led by Kolten Wong with two hits, while David Freitas and Pi'ikea Kitamura each drove in two.

Centenary will travel to Oakland for a four-game set in Summit League play beginning Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm CT.