Baseball Wins Game 1, Inclement Weather Shortens Game 2
Friday, May 21, 2010
FORT WAYNE, Ind.-Two late four-run innings ignited an 11-6 win for the Centenary baseball team over IPFW in Game 1 of the Friday double-header as the Gents dropped Game 2, 4-1 in just five innings after rain and unplayable field conditions.

With the loss, the Gents fall to 27-23 overall and 16-8 in The Summit League.

Game 1: Centenary 11, IPFW 6

Freshman Trey McGee (1.2,3,0,0,1,2) picked up his first win on the season after a gutsy relief performance, tossing 1.2 innings out of the pen. The lefty allowed no runs on just three hits, while fanning two.

Senior starter Jimmy Hoyt (4.1,7,6,6,0,3) pitched a strong 4.1 innings in his first start of the season. The right-hander allowed six runs on seven hits with three strikeouts for the no-decision.

Junior Derek Dalzell (2.0,2,0,0,0,3) had another solid outing, going 2.0 innings with three strikeouts, while senior Dakota Robinson (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) pitched the final inning with one fanned batter.

Senior Jeff Ericson (3x5, R, 2 RBI), junior Alex Todd (3x5, 2 R, RBI) each led with three hits, while senior Cliff Shepard (2x5, 2 R, 3 RBI) drove in three on two hits, including a three-run blast and junior Scott Pasket (2x4, R, 2 RBI) extended his hit streak to 17 games with two knocks.

Hoyt held IPFW without a base runner until the third inning when the Mastodons used four hits, including a three-run double to centerfield by Brett Clark.

Centenary would quickly respond with two in the top of the fourth. Shepard opened the frame with a single. Ross followed with a walk, allowing Todd to plate Shepard on a double to right center. A Michael Tompkins' groundout would then make it a 3-2 game.

Pasket tied the game at 3-3 on an RBI-double to right center, plating Acker who walked.

IPFW challenged the Gents with five hits in the fifth to regain a lead at 6-3, however a strong four-run sixth put Centenary back on top for good. In that inning, Ericson, Schaffert, and Bell all picked up RBI-singles, while Todd had a base knock and Pasket drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.

Holding onto a 7-6 lead, Gents' pitching staff of McGee, Dalzell, and Robinson held the Mastodons at bay through the final four innings, not allowing a run.

Centenary extended its one-run lead to an 11-6 advantage on four runs and five hits, including a three-run bomb by Shepard to dead center field.

IPFW's Nick Opitz (6.0,9,7,5,3,8) suffered the loss, tossing 6.0 innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits.

Game 2: IPFW 4, Centenary 1 (5 innings)

Game 2 of Friday's double-header was called after just one out was recorded in the bottom of the fifth due to rain and lighting. When the game was called, Centenary was down 4-1.

Freshman Cole Thompson (3.0,6,4,4,1,3) was tagged with the loss after 3.0 innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts. Tompkins (1.0,0,0,0,0,0) threw a hitless fourth inning.

Bell led the offense with a 2x2 effort, while Acker (1x3), Ross (1x2) and Schaffert (1x2, R) each had a hit. Pasket drove in Centenary's only run on a sacrifice fly.

IPFW hit three home runs to take a 4-0 after the third inning. Centenary would respond with one in the top of the fifth when Schaffert singled through the right side. A double by Bell would move Schaffert to third and Pasket's deep fly would plate Schaffert.

Centenary will continue its four-game series on Saturday. Game times may change due to field conditions.