Whiting Shatters Record in 11-1 Win Over Oral Roberts
Saturday, May 15, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Centenary starter Boone Whiting fanned a season-best 12 batters and became the career strikeout leader with 229 in his short three-year stint and classmate Scott Pasket was a perfect three-for-three at the plate, leading the Gents to a solid 11-1 win over Oral Roberts in just seven innings on Friday evening in Summit League play.

The Gents connected on 12 hits to the Golden Eagles' six to improve to 23-19 overall and 12-4 in league action, maintaining their first place standing and snapping a two-game skid.

Whiting (7.0,6,1,1,5,12) went the distance, tossing 7.0 innings, allowing just one run on six hits with 12 strikeouts and five walks to earn the win and improve to 6-1 on the season.

Pasket led the offense with a 3x3 effort, as he belted his third home run of the year, scored two runs and drove in three. Behind the hot bat of Pasket was senior Tell Ross' 2x4 performance with one run scored and two RBI.

Junior Keegan Acker (2x3, 3 R) and freshman Ryan Bell (2x3, 2 R, RBI) also had a multi-hit game with two knocks, as each recorded a double. Also having a hit for Centenary was senior Michael Tompkins (1x3, 2 R, RBI), junior Alex Todd (1x4, RBI), and senior Jeff Ericson (1x3, R, RBI), while senior Cliff Shepard's sacrifice fly plated one.

Oral Roberts plated their only run in the first inning as they led off the game with back-to-back singles and scored on an RBI-single that snuck through the left side of the infield. Whiting was able to work out of the jam, fanning the final batter to clinch first all-time in strikeouts, while stranding bases loaded.

The Gents wouldn't settle as they put together a four-run first as Acker opened the gate with a lead off double to left field. A Pasket single moved Acker into scoring position for Shepard to drive him in on a sacrifice fly to center field for a 1-1 game.

Singles by Ross, Todd and an RBI-groundout by Ericson would plate three more runs for a solid 4-1 lead through one frame. Despite allowing two Golden Eagles to reach on two errors, Centenary and Whiting were able to escape another early threat, as Oral Roberts, again, stranded three in the second.

The Gents would add to its lead in the latter half of the second with one run as Acker set the table with a bunt single and moved to second on a throwing error. Pasket would beat out an attempted sacrifice bunt for his second hit of the game, moving Acker to third as Shepard groundout would score Acker.

Strong pitching and solid defense held Oral Roberts to just three scattered hits over the final five innings as Centenary would create a large deficit with a three-run fourth on three hits as Bell led off with a single. After a walk and a balk, Pasket's sacrifice would plate Bell. With two outs, Tompkins would double and Ross would single, driving in two more runs for a cushioned 8-1 lead.

Though, Centenary wasn't done yet as they again, plated three in the fifth as Bell's double would plate Ericson who reached on an infield single. Pasket's two-run bomb came at the right time, sending the Gents ahead by 10, which created the seven-inning mercy rule.

Whiting surpassed Kevin Cassidy's current record of 218 career strikeouts when he fanned Brett Sowers in the first inning of the contest.

Oral Roberts' Jeff Burleson (1.0,4,4,4,2,0) lasted just 1.0 inning and suffered the loss after giving up four runs on four hits with two walks.

Joey Winiecki led the Golden Eagles at the plate with two hits.

Centenary will return to action on Saturday against Oral Roberts with a double-header slated to begin at 1 pm.