Feisty Fighting Leathernecks Take One from Gents
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team allowed three big innings to surface by Western Illinois, as it fell, 18-7 in seven innings in the series opener in Summit League play.

Centenary fell to 24-22 overall and 13-7 in league play, while Western Illinois improved to 13-34 and 5-16 among league opponents.

The Gents' highlighted moment came in a 3x4 effort at the plate by junior Scott Pasket. The third basemen belted his fourth home run of the season and drove in two on the game. Sophomore Jeff Schaffert was 2x3 with a run scored and three RBI, while seniors Tell Ross (2x3, 2 R) and Jeff Ericson (2x3, R) each had two knocks.

Junior Keegan Acker and freshman Ryan Bell each drove in a run on a fielder's choice.

Centenary starter Justin Kraft (3.2,5,8,8,4,6) fanned six, but allowed eight runs on five hits, including a grand slam in just 3.2 innings of work to suffer the loss, falling to 3-5 on the season.

Western Illinois jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second when Jason Summer's belted a grand slam to dead center field. Centenary would do its best to respond with one run when Schaffert's RBI-single up the middle plated Ross, who doubled to straight away center.

Kraft was able to hold the Fighting Leathernecks without a run in the third, but they would go up 8-2 in the fourth on two hits and three walks.

A three-run fourth for the Gents made it an 8-4 game on three hits, including two RBI-singles by Schaffert and Pasket. Though, it would be Western Illinois' second big-run inning to follow as it plated five runs on four hits and one Gents error.

Chipping away slowly at the lead was Centenary in the fifth and sixth with three more runs on two hits, including Pasket's right-center bomb and three hit-by-pitches.

The Gents pitching staff continued to struggle with its control in the seventh, allowing Western Illinois to gain an 18-7 lead with five more runs on just two hits, three walks and a hit batsmen.

Senior Dakota Robinson (1.1,5,5,4,3,0) tossed 1.1 innings in relief, allowing four earned runs on five hits. Classmate Jimmy Hoyt (1.1,2,5,4,3,1) walked three and allowed four earned runs on two hits in 1.1 innings, while sophomore David Perez (0.2,0,0,0,0,0) tossed the final two outs.

David Hill (2.0,1,0,0,1,2) would earn the win in relief after tossing the final 2.0 innings, giving up just one hit.  

Summers finished the game with a 3x4 effort, driving in six runs and scoring three.

Centenary will continue this series on Tuesday with a double-header slated for Noon.