Gents Run-Rule Oral Roberts, Again, Game 2 to Resume Sunday
Sunday, May 16, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team managed to give Oral Roberts another dose of its offensive prowess as it connected on 19 hits to take a 17-7 win in seven innings in Game 1 of Saturday's Summit League double-header. Game 2 was called in the 5th inning due to wet field conditions and will resume on Sunday at 11:30 am.

With the win, the Gents improved to 24-19 overall and continued to maintain its lead in the league with a 13-4 mark.

Game 1: Centenary 17, Oral Roberts 7 (7 innings)

Centenary racked up an impressive 19 hits in Game 1 of Saturday's double-header as eight Gents put together a multi-hit game, led by senior Tell Ross' 3x4, one run, four RBI performance. Classmate Jeff Ericson also had three knocks, scored two runs and drove in one.

Senior Cliff Shepard was 2x4 with three runs scored and two RBI, while junior Alex Todd went 2x3 with two runs and two RBI. Freshman Ryan Bell (2x3, 2 R, RBI), junior Keegan Acker (2x4, 3 R, RBI), sophomore Jeff Schaffert (2x4, R) and senior Michael Tompkins (2x4, R, RBI) each had two knocks in the win and juniors Scott Pasket (1x4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Conald Mansfield (1x1, 2 RBI) each drove in two.

Junior right-hander Derek Dalzell (2.1,3,1,1,2,0) earned the win in relief after entering tossing 2.1 innings of work, allowing one run on three hits to improve to 2-2 on the season.

Starter David Benson (2.2,5,6,4,4,2) pitched 2.2 innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts for the no-decision. Senior Dakota Robinson (2.0,0,0,0,0,2) fired 2.0 final innings of hitless ball out of the pen, while fanning two.

Centenary went up 3-0 in the first inning after Acker led off the game with a walk. A triple by Shepard, his second of the season, plated Acker and Pasket for two runs before a Ross groundout would score Shepard.

Oral Roberts would go on to make it a 3-1 game after a solo shot from pitcher Seth Furmanek. Though, Benson was able to escape a bases loaded jam in the second.

The Gents would again, put together a three-run inning in the latter half on four hits. Schaffert would get things going with a double down the left field line, move to third on a bunt single by Bell and score on another bunt single by Acker. An error by the Oral Roberts' catcher would give Centenary an early 6-1 advantage.

Though, the Golden Eagles would fight their way back and tie the game on four hits, including a three-run home run by Nick Baligod.

An eight-run third made the biggest impact in the game as Centenary connected on nine hits an two-RBI single by Pasket and a two-RBI double by Ross. Tompkins, Ericson, Todd and Bell would also single to plate runs and gain an 14-5 lead through three frames.

Dalzell threw a scoreless fourth and fifth, holding the Golden Eagles to just one hit.

A lead off double by Oral Roberts in the sixth allowed them to add a run on an RBI-single, but Centenary would respond in usual fashion with two that inning on three hits as Mansfield would plate Ericson and Todd on a single that snuck through the left side with two outs.

Ahead 16-7 and a chance to give the Golden Eagles another run-rule, the Gents would connect on three hits in the seventh, including a single by Todd to plate Sheppard for the 17th run.

Oral Roberts' Furmanek (2.2,10,10,10,3,2) would suffer the loss, surrendering 10 runs on 10 hits in just 2.2 innings of work.

The Golden Eagles received three hits from Furmanek himself to lead the offense.

Game 2: To Resume on Sunday at 11:30 am

Game 2 of Saturday's double-header will resume play at 11:30 am on Sunday after a large downpour of rain fell in the Shreveport area, making field conditions unplayable Saturday evening.

When the call was made to resume on Sunday, Oral Roberts had a 4-1 lead over Centenary in the top of the fifth inning.

Centenary and Oral Roberts will meet in the final game of the series on Sunday at Noon as the Gents six seniors, Cliff Shepard, Tell Ross, Michael Tompkins, Jimmy Hoyt, Jeff Ericson and Dakota Robinson will be honored.