Gents Finish Homestand Strong with Two Wins
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Junior right-hander Derek Dalzell earned two wins on Tuesday, while freshman Ryan Bell's RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth capped a 7-6 win in Game 2 to help the Centenary baseball team conclude its final home series with a double-header sweep over Western Illinois in Summit League play. The Gents would take Game 1, 13-7 over the Fighting Leathernecks.

Centenary improved to 26-22 overall and 15-7 in the Summit League, clinching a spot in the league tournament next week in Tulsa.

On the day, the Gents would rack up 31 total hits, including seven doubles and one triple.

Game 1: Centenary 13, Western Illinois 7

Senior Tell Ross would pace the Gents at the plate with a 3x4 effort with one run scored and four RBI, while classmate Michael Tompkins was 3x5 with a run scored and two RBI. Bell was 3x6 with two runs scored, while junior Scott Pasket (3x5, 3 R) stayed hot with three knocks and three runs scored as well.

Junior Alex Todd (2x5, R), senior Jeff Ericson (2x5, 2 R, RBI) and classmate Cliff Shepard (2x4, 2 R, RBI), while sophomore Jeff Schaffert (1x5, RBI), freshman Trey McGee (1x3, RBI) and junior Keegan Acker (1x1, R, RBI) each had a knock.

Dalzell (1.1,5,3,3,0,0) earned his first win of the day with a 1.1 inning performance, allowing three runs on five hits. Junior Stephen Tromblee (4.2,9,3,1,2,4) got his first start of the season and went 4.2 innings, giving up one earned run on nine hits with four strikeouts.

Junior Boone Whiting (3.0,3,1,1,0,5) would garner his first save of this year with a 3.0 inning, three-hit, one run effort with five strikeouts.

Centenary took the early lead at 6-0 in the first inning when Bell led off the game with a double down the left field line. Pasket would follow with a double off the centerfield wall and Shepard's RBI-single through the left side would plate Bell.

Tompkins' double would score Shepard, while Todd, Ericson, Schaffert and McGee all combined for an eight-hit inning.

Tromblee was impressive through the first frames, holding the Fighting Leathernecks to just six scattered hits. The Gents would add two more runs in the fourth on when Ross and Tompkins each drove in a run on a double and single, respectively.

Western Illinois made things interesting with six runs over the next two frames to pull within two at 8-6. However, Centenary would continue its offensive threat with five runs in the seventh on three hits and two errors. Acker would drive in a run on a pinch hit single and Ross would plate two with a single to right field.

The Fighting Leathernecks added a run in the ninth, but Whiting was able to close the door with three solid innings.

Carlos Pinedo (4.0,16,8,8,0,2) suffered the loss in 4.0 innings, allowing eight runs on 16 hits.

The Fighting Leathernecks put up 17 hits, led by Bryan Jordan and Rich Mascheri with three apiece.

Game 2: Centenary 7, Western Illinois 6 (8 innings)

A two-run seventh would tie the game at 6-6 and send the Gents into extra innings, allowing Bell to plate Ericson for the game-winner and league tournament clincher.

Centenary connected on 10 hits, led by Acker with a 2x4, two-run effort and Ericson with a 2x4, one-run, one-RBI performance.

Pasket (1x4, 2 R, RBI), Shepard (1x3, RBI), Ross (1x2, R, RBI), Todd (1x3, R, RBI), Dalzell (1x1), and Bell (1x3, RBI) each had a hit, while Tompkins drove in a run.

Dalzell (1.0,0,0,0,0,0) would notch his second win of the day, pitching the final inning of relief, allowing no hits and entering with a 6-6 tie.

Sophomore Seth Lugo (2.0,4,4,4,3,1) got the start, but left after 2.0 innings of work. The righty allowed four runs on four hits. Junior David Benson (1.1,2,2,1,1,0) would throw 1.1 innings, giving up one earned run on two hits, while McGee (1.2,0,0,0,1,0) pitched 1.2 innings out of the pen.

Also seeing action in Game 2 was junior Justin Kraft (1.0,1,0,0,0,2), fanning two in 1.0 inning, while senior Dakota Robinson (1.0,0,0,0,0,0) pitched the clean seventh.

Western Illinois grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on one hit, but Centenary looked to have its way with four runs in the bottom half. Acker would open the frame with a single and eventually come around to score on an RBI-single by Ross. Todd's double and Ericson's single would also add runs to the early lead.

It was the feisty Fighting Leathernecks that would claw its way back and take a 6-4 lead in the fourth after three hits, including a two-run double to right field by Mascheri.

Western Illinois starter Randon Lingle (6.2,6,6,3,1,3) would hold the Gents scoreless until the seventh when Acker got things going with two outs. His single was followed by a RBI triple from Pasket down the right field line.

With a runner at third and two outs, the Fighting Leathernecks chose to pitch to top hitter Shepard where he plated Pasket with a solid single to left field to tie the game at 6-6 and force an extra frame.

Dalzell came out of the pen and shut the door with a strikeout and two groundouts, allowing his team to gain a late advantage. Centenary again responded with two outs when Ericson singled up the middle. Dalzell would then double, putting runners at second and third for Bell, who connected on just his 10th RBI of the season, which proved to be a memorable one for the Gents.

Austin Brough (1.0,4,1,1,1,0) took the loss, tossing the final inning, allowing one run on four hits.

Cole Waddell was 2x3 with three RBI and a run scored to lead the Fighting Leathernecks at the plate.

Centenary will now travel to play its final Summit League regular season series at IPFW on Friday and Saturday.