Gents win fifth straight ASC series
Saturday, March 24, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Centenary won its fourth straight American Southwest Conference baseball series after taking game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, 6-1, before dropping the second, 8-3, against the University of the Ozarks at Shehee Stadium.

Centenary improved to 18-6, 12-3 in ASC play with the series win, dropping the Ozarks to 8-15 overall. The Gents return to action next weekend with a three-game series at Mississippi College before hosting UT-Tyler April 6-7 for a three-game set.

Cole Thompson improved to 4-2 on the season after a complete-game effort in game one. He allowed just one run, scattering six hits in the seven-inning contest. He fanned eight batters, two shy of his season-high 10 against McMurry Feb. 25. His counterpart, Tyler Erickson, also went the distance, but surrendered six runs, dropping to 3-4 on the year. Only four were earned due to two Eagle fielding errors.

Ryan Gasporra drilled a line-drive single to right to start the day’s scoring, plating Matt Creamer, who was hit by a pitch. Gasporra stole second and moved to third on a throwing error before scoring on Jeff Schaffert’s RBI single through the right side to give the Gents a 2-0 lead.

Kyle Morton and Schaffert scored on a Dan Lazarou two-RBI single to extend the lead to 4-0 after one.

Thompson kept the Eagles bats silent until the fourth, when a pop up fell for a single in shallow left, keeping the inning alive. Nick Brill took advantage, knocking a single through the left side to cut the lead to 4-1.

Schaffert pushed the lead to 5-1 with a single up the middle to score Gasporra in the bottom of the fifth before Jemari James smacked a single to center to score Tyler Clakley.

The Eagles struck first in the nightcap with one in the first off a Chris Young single through the right side. He drove in Chris Driedric, who reached on a double down the left field line.

Craig Littleman tied the game at one after a leadoff ground-rule double down the left line, scoring on Gasporra’s sacrifice fly to knot things at 1-1 after three.

Freddy Prince put the Eagles back on top with an RBI fielder’s choice, scoring John Singler to give Ozarks the 2-1 nod. Nick Brill pushed the lead to 3-1 with a double down the left line, scoring Mitchell Powers.

Littleman sliced the lead to 3-2 in the fifth with his first homer of the season. The Gents followed with a Gasporra walk and consecutive singles by Clakley and Morton to tie the game at three. Centenary threatened in the seventh after holding the Eagles scoreless in the sixth and seventh frames, but Nic Parrott struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

The Eagles pushed five across in the top of the ninth to grab an 8-3 lead before Morton smacked his team-high sixth homer of the season to cut the lead to 8-4, finishing the game’s scoring.

Taylor Henry dropped to 2-2 on the year after tossing 2 2/3 innings, the third of four Gents pitchers. He allowed five runs on seven hits. Chase Clarke started the first 3 1/3 before being relieved by Grady Flournoy, who tossed 2 2/3 frames of three-hit ball. Clarke was pulled after giving up five hits and two runs.

Ian Bryan (1-0) picked up his first win of the year after 3 2/3 innings of work.