Nugent stays perfect, Gents roll
Saturday, March 31, 2012

CLINTON, Miss. – Lance Nugent stayed perfect on the mound Friday night and Centenary used three home runs and a five-run first to take control early to beat Mississippi College 10-5 in American Southwest Conference baseball action.

Nugent improved to 6-0 and the Gents 19-6 with the series-opening win, dropping the Choctaws to 13-14. The squads will conclude the series with a Saturday doubleheader starting at noon.

The Gents provided plenty of support and an early cushion for Nugent with five runs in the first, who gave up just three runs in eight innings of work. Taylor Henry tossed the final inning, allowing just one hit.

Ryan Gasporra (3-for-5) started the big inning with a one-out double and scored on two-run shot by Tyler Clakley (2-for-5), his fourth round-tripper. Kyle Morton (2-for-5) followed with a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored on a Jeff Schaffert (2-for-5, two runs) single before Jemari James (2-for-5) cranked a two-run shot to right center, his second home run.

Mississippi College cut the lead to 5-2 with one in the first and second innings,but Marc Martinez extended the lead to 6-2 with a double to center to score Schaffert.

Nugent kept the Choctaws bats at bay until the eighth, but the Gents tacked on four more in the sixth thanks to a Gasporra three-run homer. Martinez doubled before Gasporra’s dinger to score Schaffert, stretching the lead to 7-2, then Gasporra capped the Gents scoring.

Mississippi College threatened late with a run in the eighth and two in the ninth to crawl back within 10-5.

The teams combined for 25 hits, led by five Gents and three Choctaws with at least two apiece. Gasporra was the only three-hit performance for the Gents and drove in a game-high three runs.