Gents Season Ends Short with 7-2 Loss
Friday, May 28, 2010
TULSA, Okla.-Good things always come to an end. It was a bittersweet ending to a successful and solid season for the Centenary baseball team as it dropped a 7-2 contest to No. 4 Oakland on Friday afternoon in The Summit League Championship.

The Gents finished the season 28-26 and had several memorable moments to look back upon throughout the course of the year, including broken records, Pitcher of the Year accolades, and All-LSWA and All-Summit League Player and Pitcher of the Week nods.

Despite putting up 11 hits in their final game of the 2010 season, the Gents weren't able to manufactured enough runs to compete against a feisty Golden Grizzlies team who entered the tournament after a four-game sweep of Southern Utah in the final regular season weekend.

Senior Michael Tompkins led the offense with a 3x5 performance, while driving in two. Juniors Keegan Acker (2x4), Scott Pasket (2x4, 2 R), and senior Cliff Shepard (2x5) each had two knocks and sophomore Jeff Schaffert (1x2) and junior Conald Mansfield (1x1) contributed with a base knock.

Junior starter Seth Lugo (4.2,4,3,3,3,1) suffered the loss, falling to 2-3 on the season after allowing three runs on four hits in 4.2 innings of work.

Seeing action out of the pen was reliever Stephen Tromblee (2.2,4,3,3,2,2), who tossed 2.2 innings, surrendering three runs on four hits with two strikeouts. Junior Derek Dalzell (0.2,2,1,1,1,0) pitched 0.2 innings, giving up a run on two hits, while senior Dakota Robinson (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) allowed a hit and struck out one in the final inning.

It remained a 0-0 game until the bottom of the third when Centenary got on board first. Pasket drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a single by Shepard and third on a fly out by senior Tell Ross. Tompkins was able to find a hole through the right side to plate Pasket for the Gents first run.

Centenary managed to hold onto that early lead until Oakland plated three runs in the fifth on three hits including a two-run single through the right side.

The Gents stranded six runners in the final four innings even after putting up seven hits. However, a four-run eighth by the Golden Grizzlies gave them up 7-1 advantage in the late innings.

Pasket, Shepard and Tompkins each singled in the ninth, but it wasn't enough as they were only able to plate one run, falling 7-2.

Oakland's Connor Mielock (6.0,5,1,1,5,2) earned the win as the starter, going 6.0 innings, allowing one run on five hits.

The Golden Grizzlies also put up 11 hits as Tim Ryan went 2x4, one run and three RBI.