Gents baseball sweep the Steers
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

SHREVEPORT, LA – The Gents baseball team had a strong day on the diamond recording a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Steers of Texas College.

GAME 1 --  Centenary’s batters followed the strong pitching of senior Cole Thompson (3.0,3,1,0,1,2) and sophomore Nic Parrott (4.0,3,0,0,0,1) to score four unanswered, late-inning runs to defeat Texas College 4-1 in this seven inning game. 

The Gents found themselves trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom half of the fourth inning.  After back-to-back singles by junior Tyler Clakley and senior Kyle Morton, Centenary scored its first runs on consecutive sacrifice flys by senior Jeff Schaeffert and junior Jemari Jones.  Morton, James, and junior Ryan Gasporra paced the offense registering two hits apiece

Pitching was the key to this ballgame however.  Thompson (1-0) and Parrott kept the Steer hitters off-balance throughout the game allowing only six hits.  Thompson bounced back from his opening day loss with his solid performance and Parrott pitched four scoreless innings to record his first save of the season.

GAME 2 – The Gents once again had good fortune on the mound as six pitchers held the Steers to four runs on only seven hits.  This time, however, the Centenary bats proved to be the deciding factor.  The Gents muscled out ten hits, including a two-run home run by senior catcher Jeff Schaeffert.  Shaeffert, who was 2 – 4 with 4 RBI’s, becomes the first Gent to hit a home run this season. 

The offense started early with eight of the Gents’ ten runs coming in the first two innings.  RBI hits by junior Tyler Clakley (1 -3, 2 runs) and Morton (4 – 5, 2 RBI) in the bottom of the first helped the Gents jump out to an early three run lead, while Morton and James lead the way to a five run outburst in the second.

Freshman Peyton Stover (2.1,4,1,1,2) started the game for the Gents and allowed only one earned run in 2.1 innings of work.  The bullpen finished the game with five others, including three scoreless innings from freshman Trey Guccione (2.0,0,0,0,1,1) and sophomore Marc Martinez (1.0,1,0,0,0,1). 

The series sweep improves the Gents record to 4-1 on the young season.  Centenary returns to action on February 14-15 when they embark on their first road trip of the season.  The Gents will travel to San Antonio, TX, to take on Trinity College in a three- game series.  There will be a doubleheader on February 14 at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. followed by a single game on Wednesday, February 15, at 1:00 p.m.