Defense Shaky in 15-3 Loss at Texas A&M
Thursday, May 13, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas-Despite putting up 10 hits against Big 12 Texas A&M, the Centenary baseball team wasn't able to make up for a few shaky defensive plays, falling 15-3 on Wednesday evening in non-conference action.

The Gents tied the game in the third, but a seven-run fourth by the Aggies sparked a mid-game lead as Centenary wasn't able to regain an advantage, falling to 22-19 on the season.

Seniors Cliff Shepard and Michael Tompkins each had stellar nights at the plate, garnering three hits apiece, while junior Alex Todd added two knocks, drove in a run and scored a run. Junior Scott Pasket was 1x4 with a run scored, while freshman Ryan Bell was 1x3 and senior Jeff Ericson picked up two RBI on a walk and a sacrifice fly.

In an unusual long game, lasting three hours, Centenary used nine pitchers on its staff.

Starter Tompkins (1.0,2,2,1,0,0) allowed one earned run on two hits in 1.0 inning of work, while junior Justin Kraft (1.0,1,1,0,0,1) didn't allow an earned run with one hit and one strikeout after tossing the second frame.

Freshman Trey McGee (1.0,0,0,0,0,0) pitched a hitless third, retiring the Aggies in order. Classmate Cole Thompson (0.0,1,3,3,1,0) wasn't able to record an out after surrendering three runs on one hit in the fourth. Senior Jimmy Hoyt (0.2,1,4,4,3,1) gave up four runs on one hit and three walks and registered two outs before senior Dakota Robinson (1.1,1,0,0,1,0) had to wrap up the final out.

Robinson would go on to toss the fifth frame as he allowed one hit, no runs and one walk in 1.1 innings of work. Junior Derek Dalzell (1.0,2,2,2,1,1) allowed two runs on two hits in the sixth before handing the ball off to sophomore David Perez (1.0,2,3,3,0,0) who gave up three runs on two hits. Junior Stephen Tromblee (1.0,0,0,0,1,1) tossed the final inning and didn't give up a hit, while fanning one.

Texas A&M plated two runs in the first inning on an RBI-single by Joe Patterson and a sacrifice fly by Matt Juengel.

Centenary would narrow the early deficit to one with a run in the second on an Ericson sacrifice fly that scored Todd, who reached on a single up the middle to lead off the frame.

The Aggies added a run in the latter half of the inning, but the Gents would tie the game in the third after taking advantage of several walks by the Texas A&M pitching staff.

It was a solid fourth inning by the Aggies as they plated seven runs to go up 10-3 on just three hits. Strong Aggie defense held the Gents scoreless in the fifth highlighted by a stellar throw by right fielder Tyler Naquin to gun Shepard down at second as he took his chances in forcing a single into a double.

Robinson, the only pitcher to toss more than one inning, fired two back-to-back pickoffs after two Aggies reached, holding them without a runner in the bottom of the fifth, ultimately firing a 1-2-3 inning.

Patterson would belt a two-run home run in the sixth off Dalzell to add to the Aggies lead and Gregg Alcazar's solo shot off Perez along with a triple and a sacrifice fly put the home team up 15-3 through seven frames.

Centenary was held scoreless in the final six frames, despite having stranded two runners in the eighth after Todd and Tompkins both singled.

Thompson would suffer the loss for the Gents, falling to 1-1 on the season.

Centenary will be back in action this weekend as it hosts a crucial Summit League series with Oral Roberts beginning Friday at 6:00 pm.