Gents offense erupts to pound Bulldogs
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Jemari James produced a 4-for-5, five-RBI effort and eight Centenary batters drove in at least one run as the Gents continued its offensive rampage en route to a 14-8 baseball win at Shehee Stadium over Louisiana Tech Tuesday night.

The Gents jump to 11-4, winners of seven of their last eight, dipping Tech to 8-6. Nic Parrott (1-0) picked up his first win on the mound after 6 2/3 innings, scattering nine hits and six runs despite a rocky start.

La. Tech jumped on top early as Bre’shon Kimbell smashed a solo home run on the game’s first pitch, followed by a Ryan Gebhardt double, who scored on a Alex Williams groundout after moving to third on the throw home. Parrott settled in and tossed three straight scoreless innings.

"I think he understands he’s a soft lefty and solo home runs aren’t going to get you beat,” Centenary head coach Mike Diaz said. “You have to come back from that and he did a good job coming back and settling in.”

The Gents responded immediately in the bottom half after Matt Creamer, 3-for-6, reached on a fielding error and moved to third on a Ryan Gasporra, 4-for-6, double to left center. Creamer scored on a Tyler Clakley groundout to cut the margin to 2-1 and moved Gasporra to third for Kyle Morton, who produced a 2-for-4 game.

“Our offense really settled in and had good approaches with good pitches to hit,” Diaz said. “That was the key tonight, just getting good pitches.”

Jermari James drilled a two-run double over the right fielder’s head to score Gasporra from third and Morton from first, who reached on a walk to give the Gents a 3-2 advantage after the first.

Nic Parrott bounced back in the second with a 1-2-3 frame in his first start of the year. The offense kept its momentum in the second as Creamer creamed a double to the left center gap and advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Gasporra single to left to extend the lead to 5-2. Jeff Schaffert’s double to right center scored Morton and Gasporra to tack on two more Gent runs.

Parrott kept the Bulldogs bats at bay for three straight innings until Kimbell singled to score Tech’s only run in the fifth. Parrott used a ground ball to Creamer to escape a bases-loaded jam to end Tech’s scoring threat.

Marc Martinez helped Centenary negate Tech’s run with a home run to left center on a full count, giving the Gents a 9-3 edge in the bottom of the fifth.

Centenary’s offense wasn’t out of gas yet, tacking on three more in the next frame as Jeff Schaffert reached on another Bulldog fielding error and Jemari James followed with a two-run double to left center to stretch the lead to 12-3. Craig Littleman and Dan Lazarou drew back-to-back, bases-load hit-by-pitches to plate two more runs, 14-3.

Tech tacked on three more in the seventh and two more in the eighth to narrow the gap at 14-8 with help from the second Gents fielding error.

Taylor Henry finished the final 2 1/3 frames, giving up two runs, just one earned and allowed only two hits. Chris Sadberry earned the loss for La. Tech after throwing just 1 2/3 frames, giving up eight runs, five earned, on eight hits.

The Gents are back in action this weekend for a three-game set hosting East Texas Baptist starting Friday at 6 p.m. The squads wrap up the set with a doubleheader Saturday set for 1 p.m.