Gents, Tigers put streaks on the line
Monday, March 12, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Kyle Morton, Tyler Clakley and Ryan Gasporra lead a Centenary offense that has plated eight or more runs in four of the last seven games against Grambling State for a midweek, non-conference showdown Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.

After dropping two straight to Trinity Feb. 14, the Gents rattled off six straight wins and have now won nine of their last 10 to improve to 13-4. Grambling comes into the contest 10-5 after sweeping a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) series against Southern last weekend.

Morton tops Centenary’s offense with a .458 mark, belting a team-high 27 hits in 59 at-bats. His 19 RBIs also lead the team and three round trippers are second only to Gasporra’s four homers.

Tyler Clakley’s .419 average and 17 RBIs trails only Morton’s marks and he shares the team lead in doubles (9) with Gasporra. Centenary is batting .327 as a team, including six Gents peaking the .300 point.

Lance Nugent (3-0) and Cole Thompson (3-2) notched two wins on the bump last weekend with dominating performances. Thompson lowered his earned run average to 2.87 after his complete-game performance while Nugent boasts a 3.62 ERA and leads the team in innings pitched at 32 1/3. Nugent (32) and Thompson (25) account for 57 of the team’s 85 strikeouts while Taylor Henry is the only other Gent hurler with double-digit strikeouts (13).

Tuesday’s contest is the first of a five-game stretch away from Shehee Stadium, including a rematch against Louisiana Tech in Ruston March 21. That will be the last non-conference contest until the season finale against LSU-S April 24.