Gents Showcase Offense, Split Double-Header at SDSU
Saturday, May 1, 2010
BROOKINGS, S.D.-The Centenary baseball team used 22 hits and three home runs to split Saturday's double-header at South Dakota State, dropping Game 1, 7-4 and taking Game 2, 8-3 in Summit League action.

The Gents improved to 22-17 overall and 11-3 in league play after battling the league's top offensive team in the Jackrabbits. Junior Scott Pasket belted two home runs, including a grand slam in the Game 2 win and righty Seth Lugo fired a 6.0 inning, three-hit outing for the victory.

Game 1: South Dakota State 7, Centenary 4

Freshman Ryan Bell led the offense with a 3x4 performance, while classmate Trey McGee was 2x3 with an RBI. Also driving in runs were seniors Cliff Shepard (1x4, RBI) and Michael Tompkins (0x3, RBI).

Juniors Keegan Acker (1x4, 2 R), Pasket (1x4, R), Alex Todd (1x3, R) and sophomore Jeff Schaffert (1x4) each had a hit.

Right-hander David Benson (5.0,9,6,6,2,6) fell to 4-3 on the season after tossing 5.0 innings and allowing six runs on nine hits with six strikeouts.

Senior Dakota Robinson (2.2,0,1,1,2,2) pitched 2.2 solid innings in relief, not allowing a hit, but one run with two strikeouts. Junior Derek Dalzell (0.1,1,0,0,0,0) fired 0.1 innings, giving up one hit.

A gust of wind gave­ way to a lead off home run to center field by South Dakota State's Billy Stitz's in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead.

Centenary would respond in the top of the second with two outs when Bell singled to right field. McGee would then double to left field, driving in Bell to even the score.

The Jackrabbits challenged the Centenary offense in the latter half of the fourth as they plated five runs on six hits to go up 6-1.

Acker doubled to right field to open the fifth frame allowing Shepard to single him in on a ground out double play for Centenary's second run.

With one out in the seventh, Acker walked and Pasket singled up the middle. Shepard would then double to center field, driving in Acker and Tompkins groundout to the right side would score Pasket making it a 6-4 game.

Robinson continued to stay strong through the seventh, not allowing a hit, while giving the Gents a chance to make a late run. However, Centenary wasn't able to push a run across as it stranded two.

South Dakota State would add an insurance run in the eighth after a leadoff walk and an RBI-single.

Game 2: Centenary 8, South Dakota State 3

Sophomore starter Lugo (6.0,3,2,2,2,5) held the Summit League top offensive team to just three hits on the game, while recording his second win of the season, improving to 2-1. The righty tossed 6.0 complete innings, allowing two runs on three hits, while fanning five.

Pasket had an outstanding game at the plate, belting two home runs including a grand slam for a 2x3, two run, five-RBI performance.

Tompkins (2x4, R, RBI) homered for the third time this season in a multi-hit effort. Shepard (2x4, RBI), Acker (2x4, 2 R), Ericson (2x4, RBI), and Schaffert (2x3, R) all had two hits.

Centenary struck first in Game 2 when Acker led off the game with an infield bunt single. He was sacrificed to second by Pasket, advanced to third on a passed ball and then later scored on an RBI-single to right field by Shepard.

Lugo retired the first six batters, giving Centenary a chance to take a 2-0 lead when Pasket belted his first home run of the season to right field.

Though, the strong offensive lineup by South Dakota State tied the game at 2-2 on two solo home runs by Joel Blake and John Lee.

Centenary fired off a five-run fifth when Pasket sent his second long ball over right field fence for a grand slam, driving in Schaffert who singled, Bell who reached on an error and Acker who singled. With an out, Tompkins would put the Gents up 7-2 on a solo shot to right field.

South Dakota State threatened in the sixth when two batters reached base on walks after the first two struck out, but Lugo was able to force Cain to foul out to Pasket at third for the final out, leaving two stranded.

An RBI-double to right center field by Ericson scored Todd who reached earlier on a fielder's choice to plate the eighth run of the contest.

Ahead 8-2, South Dakota State would score one in the bottom of the seventh.

Tromblee (1.0,1,1,0,0) threw the final inning in relief, allowing one run on one hit.

Centenary will wrap up the series on Sunday at 1:00 pm.