Whiting Pitches Gem, Gents Win Eighth Straight League Contest
Friday, April 23, 2010
ROCHESTER, Mich.-Junior Boone Whiting tossed a 7.2 inning gem and the Centenary baseball team connected on nine hits to take the series opener against Oakland, 4-1, on Friday afternoon in Summit League action.

The Gents won their eighth straight league contest, improving to 18-15 overall and 8-1 in the Summit League, holding onto their first place standing.

Whiting (7.2,4,1,0,2,11) earned the win after pitching 7.2 innings, allowing one unearned run on four scattered hits with two walks and an impressive 11 strikeouts. The righty improved to 4-1 on the year and 2-0 in league play.

Junior Stephen Tromblee's (1.1,0,0,0,0,1) 1.1 innings in relief of Whiting proved significant as the lefty struck out one without surrendering a hit or a run to garner his team-leading fifth save of the season.

Centenary was led offensively by sophomore Jeff Schaffert with a 3x4, one-RBI performance. Junior Keegan Acker went 2x4 with two runs scored, while senior Michael Tompkins drove in two on a 1x4 effort. Junior Scott Pasket (1x4, R, RBI) doubled, scored a run and plated one and senior Cliff Shepard (1x5) and sophomore David Perez (1x4) each had a hit.

The Gents jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Acker led off with a hit-by-pitch. Pasket sacrificed his teammate to second, while Shepard moved him to third on an infield single. A groundout by Tompkins scored Acker for the first run of the game.

Whiting and defense continued to shut down Oakland as it was held scoreless for most of the game. Centenary would add another run in the sixth when Schaffert's RBI-double scored Todd who had reached on a wild pitch.

A solid seventh gave the Gents two more runs Acker singled to give Centenary its boost. Pasket would then double to right center, plating Acker. With a runner at second and two outs, Tompkins singled to left field, scoring Pasket to make it a 4-0 game.

Whiting's dominance on the mound allowed just two hits by the Golden Grizzlies through seven innings, before they would pick up a hit after a Gent error for their first run of the contest.

Ahead 4-1, Tromblee entered with one on and two outs in the eighth and was able to get the final batter of the frame to groundout to second base.

The Gents stranded one on in the ninth, but Tromblee was solid to close out the game, retiring the Golden Grizzlies in order.

Oakland's Connor Mielock (6.1,7,4,4,0,6) suffered the loss after throwing 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.

Centenary will return to action tomorrow in a scheduled double-header beginning at 11:00 am CT against Oakland.