Lazarou, James lead explosive Gents offense
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Eight Centenary batters knocked at least one base hit led by Dan Lazarou’s 2-for-4, three-RBI effort and Jemari James' 3-for-4 performance in an 11-8 win over visiting Grambling State Tuesday night at Shehee Stadium.

The Gents improve to 14-4 on the year, extending their win streak to four games while the Tigers fall to 10-6 and snap their three-game streak.

Centenary returns to action Friday to begin a three-game set at Louisiana College.

Nic Parrott earned the win on the mound to jump to 2-0 after hurling 4 1/3 innings, scattering eight hits and surrendering just two earned runs. Parrott was the second of six Centenary pitchers after Chase Clarke saw just 1/3 of an inning with the start. He allowed no hits, but gave up two runs after walking two batters.

Grambling struck first in the opening frame with two, but Centenary answered like it usually does. The Gents cut into the deficit thanks to the first of Tyler Clakley’s two doubles. Clakley, 2-for-3, scored on a Jeff Schaffert single following a Kyle Morton walk.

The Tigers tacked on one more in the third after a scoreless second to extend the lead to 3-1 and the Gents third fielding error allowed Grambling to stretch the margin to 4-1 in the fourth.

James cranked a bases-loaded single with no outs to plate Clakley to cut the lead to 4-2, but the Gents weren’t able to take full advantage as Morton was thrown out at the plate to leave runners at the corners with one out.

Dan Lazarou followed with a two-run double down the left field line, the first batter Grambling pitcher Ryan Anthony faced. Anthony failed to record an out as the Gents bats started heating up.

James and Schaffert scored on the two-RBI rip to knot things at four, leaving two runners in scoring position. Craig Littleman gave Centenary its first lead with a single down the left line, plating Martinez, who reached after being hit by a pitch. Lazarou scored on Matt Creamer’s RBI sacrifice fly to end the big inning, leaving Centenary with a 6-4 edge.

Grambling threatened in the fifth, loading the bases, but escaped with just one run thanks to Grady Fluornoy’s relief work. Fluornoy celebrated the 10-month anniversary of having Tommy John surgery by tossing 1/3 of shutout work, allowing no hits.

Clakley scored his third run in the fifth to give the Gents a 7-5 lead on a Schaffert single. Grambling’s Darren Farmer ripped a double to left center and scored on an Elias Todman single to right to slice the Gents lead to 7-6.

After leaving the bases loaded in the sixth, Centenary’s offense continued to explode with two more in the seventh after Schaffert and James led off with back-to-back singles. Lazarou singled following a Marc Martinez pop before Craig Littleman cranked an RBI triple to right center to extend the lead to 9-6.

Grambling used the Gents unprecedented fifth fielding error to climb back within two at 9-7, but Peyton Stover extinguished the Tiger rally, only to set up another scoring inning for Centenary.

Morton smashed a two-run homer in the eighth, driving in Ryan Gasporra to give the Gents an 11-7 edge before Grambling’s lone ninth-inning run finished the scoring at 11-8.