Gents take sixth straight ASC series
Saturday, March 31, 2012

CLINTON, Miss. – Matt Creamer used a 5-for-5, three RBI performance in Saturday’s American Southwest Conference series finale to lead Centenary to another series win after splitting the day’s doubleheader with Mississippi College 9-10, 12-5.

Centenary improved 20-7 and 13-4 in conference play, winning its sixth straight conference series. The Choctaws move to 14-15 overall with the split. The Gents return to the diamond at Shehee Stadium April 6 at 6 p.m. to start a three-game set against UT-Tyler.

Ryan Gasporra put Centenary on the board first in game three with a two-run shot, which ignited a five-run third inning. Jemari James knocked in Tyler Clakley with a single to left field to put the Gents up 3-0 before Marc Martinez smacked a two-RBI base knock to cap the seven-hit frame.

Creamer scored on a passed ball in the fourth and singled in Dan Lazarou in the fifth to stretch the lead to 7-0 before the Choctaws crossed two in the fifth, 7-2. James used an infield single to score Kyle Morton in the sixth and Gasporra drove in another run in the seventh before Mississippi College plated three to close the gap at 9-5.

But the Gents responded in the ninth with three more. Creamer cranked a double to left, driving in two runs and scored Clakley’s single to center to finish the scoring at 12-5.

Five Gents recorded multi-hit games, led by Creamer’s 5-for-5 effort. Martinez, James, Jeff Schaffert and Clakley all recorded two hits apiece in the 16-hit contest.

Taylor Henry earned the win on the mound, improving to 3-3 after five innings. He scattered six hits and two runs, only one earned. Chase Clarke (1 2/3 innings) and Nic Parrott (2 1/3 innings) finished the final four innings.

In the first leg of the day’s doubleheader, Mississippi College plated seven runs of its 10 runs in the final two innings to overcome a 7-3 deficit. The Gents took a 9-7 lead into the final frame, but the Choctaws scored three in the seventh to steal game two of the series.

Gasporra and Clakley smacked two hits and drove in three runs apiece to lead the Gents while Martinez tallied another multi-hit performance.

Cole Thompson received a no decision after 5 1/3 innings. He allowed just six hits, but seven runs, six earned. Grady Flournoy tossed 2/3 of an inning before Henry grabbed the loss before game three’s win.