Gents fall in season opener
Friday, February 8, 2013

McKinney, Texas – An East Texas Baptist walk-off single handed the Centenary baseball team a 9-8 setback to open the 2013 season.

Garrett Parsons drove in Jordan Brewer with a base hit into right field to plate the winning run for the Tigers. The game winner registered as Parson's third hit of the afternoon - tied for the team best.

The Gents battled back from a 6-3 deficit to take a 7-6 lead in the seventh inning. The Maroon and White began the rally with a run in the fourth and sixth innings before plating a pair of runs in the seventh inning. Matt Creamer scored on a Marc Martinez sacrifice fly to knot the contest at 6-all.

After entering as pinch runner for Martinez, Andre McKendall gave the Gents their first lead scoring on a wild pitch.

Centenary added a run in the top of the eighth to extend its advantage to 8-6 as the Nic Parrott capitalized on a Tiger error to score. ETBU answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to force the second tie of the contest. Tyler Bates drove in the pair with a single to center field to score Parsons and Ben Beltran.  

Ernest Perez, who pitched two innings in the relief, claimed the victory on the mound. Perez sat the Gents down in order in the ninth to assist the Tigers in the win.

A quartet of Gents posted multiple hit performances in the effort. Ben Schweinfurth went 2-for-3 at the dish with a run scored and a pair of RBI to lead the Maroon and White. Creamer, Martinez and Christian Sebastien each added a pair hits to join the Mustang, Okla., native.

Centenary totaled 12 hits in the outing, but were out-hit by the Tigers who logged 14 hits.

Taylor Henry garnered the loss on the bump for the Gents. The sophomore totaled 1.2 innings on the hill, one of four hurlers to pitch on the afternoon for Centenary, and surrendered a run on three hits. Cole Thompson drew the start for the Gents pitching 4 innings. The senior allowed six runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.

Trey Guccione and Chase Clarke each toed the rubber for the Maroon and White combing for three innings of work with two runs allowed on three hits.

Centenary continues action in the Dallas Tournament tomorrow against Louisiana College at 2 p.m.