Creamer, Gents sweep doubleheader
Sunday, March 11, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Matt Creamer’s game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the eighth sparked an offense rampage for Centenary in the nightcap of Saturday’s contests as the Gents swept the American Southwest Conference doubleheader 4-3, 8-1.

The Gents improve to 13-4 overall and 7-1 in ASC play, winning nine of their last 10, while ETBU lost its seventh straight and falls to 4-13, 0-9. The squads will wrap up the series tomorrow at noon if weather permits. Tomorrow’s forecast shows 80 percent chance of rain.

Cole Thompson hurled a complete game in game two to improve to 3-2 on the year, giving up one run while scattering six hits. His counterpart, Chance Cotton, was knocked around for eight runs on nine hits in just 4 2/3 innings. Kirby Moore tossed the final 1/3 of one-hit ball.

The Tigers stole an early lead in the nightcap, scoring one in the top of the second, but Centenary responded immediately with three in the bottom half.

Jemari James, 2-for-3, and Marc Martinez led off with back-to-back singles before Dan Lazarou reached on a bunt to third. Craig Littleman knocked an RBI single to score James before Creamer smacked a single to right to score Martinez and Lazarou to give Centenary a 3-1 edge.

James gave the Gents a 4-1 advantage on a Craig Littleman sacrifice fly to left before Creamer, 3-for-4, knocked in Martinez to bump the margin to 5-1. Timmy Chhor put the Gents up 6-1 thanks to a double steal. Chhor entered as a pinch runner for James, who smacked a double to left center. Then Creamer knocked in another run, scoring Martinez to put Centenary up 7-1 in the fifth.

“We just told our guys that their approaches had to get better and they had to get better pitches to hit,” Centenary head coach Mike Diaz said after game two’s win. “We told them they had to lay off the tough off-speed pitches and I think they did that.”

Ryan Gasporra missed a two-run home run, smacking an  RBI double that caromed off the centerfield wall to score Creamer, who stole second to put himself in scoring position before giving Centenary the 8-1 lead.

ETBU also struck first in game one, plating three runs on three hits in the first.

Tyler Clakley used an RBI single up the middle to plate Matt Creamer, who reached on an error. Jeff Schaffert knocked a single through the right side to plate Ryan Gasporra to cut the early margin to 3-2 before Clakley tied the game on a wild pitch by Pete Fitzsimmons, his second of the inning.

Nugent settled in after the big frame, tossing 6 1/3 straight scoreless innings to spearhead the Gents defense, but Fitzsimmons stifled Centenary’s bats, holding the Gents scoreless until the eighth.

Centenary threatened in the bottom of the sixth, but failed to score a run after loading the bases. A Clakley groundout ended the threat.

Taylor Henry (2-1) picked up the win after relieving Nugent in the top of the eighth after the senior hurler tossed 7 1/3, scattering seven hits and pitched a scoreless six consecutive innings after allowing three runs in the first.

ETBU squandered an opportunity in the top of the eighth after Matt Sullivan reached third, but Henry’s relief work extinguished the spark.