Clakley, Gents complete sweep
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Tyler Clakley's lone hit in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader allowed Centenary College to escape with a 4-3 win over American Southwest Conference foe McMurry University, which sparked a 15-2 outburst, featuring three home runs, in the nightcap to give the Gents a three-game sweep at Shehee Stadium.

Matt Creamer scored on Clakely's single after Ryan Gasporra knocked Creamer to third with a double to right field. The Gents jumped to 8-3, 3-0 in ASC play, extending their winning streak to four, while the War Hawks dipped to 2-11 and 0-3.

"There's no doubt when you start 3-0 that it's a lot better than 2-1," head coach Mike Diaz said. "It's a great start to the conference season. We're the type of team that when we stay close, we'll be there at the end. Our guys got it done in the seventh."

Kyle Morton gave Centenary a 1-0 lead after the first inning, scoring Creamer on a fielder's choice. McMurry answered with one in the third on a Kory Moench single and one more in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead.

Craig Littleman smacked a single up the middle, scoring Morton and Jeff Schaffert to put the Gents back on top, 3-2, before Moench's second RBI base knock. Then Clakely went to work.

"That was a big hit for him and for the team," Diaz said.  "That's something that can get him going. He stayed within himself and drove the pitch up the middle."

Taylor Henry (1-1) earned the win on the mound after tossing the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits. Chase Clarke threw the first 2 2/3, giving up one run on two hits, but walked three. Peyton Stover saw limited action in 1 2/3 innings. He allowed no runs on two hits.

"I think we got pretty good pitching performances by the three freshmen today," Diaz said. "They really kept us in the ball game."

David Towler dropped to 1-1, giving up three runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings of work.

The Gents exploded offensively for 15 runs on 11 hits in the nightcap, scoring in each of the six innings in the run-ruled contest, including three in the first, four in the second and five in the sixth.

Morton cranked a three-run bomb in the bottom of the first to put the Gents up 3-0, followed by a Creamer RBI fly out. Clakely ended the inning's scoring with his second and final hit of the day, a three-run bomb to right field.

"We preach to be patient," Diaz said. "I feel like we have a good offense. If they stick to the game plan and the approach, sooner or later the offense will come through. They did that today and this weekend."

Nick Parrott used an RBI single in the third to put Centenary up 8-0 before Gasporra drilled a solo homer to right center to extend the lead to 9-0. McMurry tacked on its only two runs in fifth, but the Gents rallied in the sixth for their biggest inning of the series.

Jemari James drew a walk to score Clakely before Marc Martinez slugged a bases-clearing double. Christian Sebastien drove in the game's final run with a pinch hit groundout.

Cole Thompson improved to 2-1 with a complete-game, 10-strikeout effort, walking only one. His counterpart, Zach Mattys, lasted four innings after the Gents offense pounded nine runs on eight hits. Caleb Gonzales and Jordan Mattke tossed the final two innings and combined for six runs on three hits.

The Gents continue play at Hardin-Simmons with a three-game ASC series starting March 2.