Gents force rematch with No. 7 Trinity; SCAC title hopes on the line
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Centenary (LA) (25-14)
Trinity (35-7)
4/27/2013 | Georgetown, TX | Attendance: 132
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Win: Ryan Gray (1-0) 2.110013
Loss: Chase Clarke (3-2) 1.101120
Ryan Gasporra (CC) 512010
Tyler Clakley (CC) 402110
Christian Muscarello (TUBB) 603100
Chris Bianchi (TUBB) 413101

GEORGETOWN, Texas – The Centenary baseball team forces a rematch against No. 7 Trinity as the Gents (26-14) eliminate the University of Dallas from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship 14-0. Centenary fell 4-3 in extra innings to TU earlier in the day.

The Maroon and White would have to top the Tigers twice tomorrow to claim the conference title. The day starts at 12 p.m. with the “if necessary” game scheduled to start approximately 30 minutes following the outing.

Centenary scored early in often in the nightcap plating a run in six of the seven innings. The contest took a different approach than the previous five meetings between the two schools as all five outings were decided by one run.

Tyler Clakley jump started the scoring with a two-run, homerun in the Gents first trip to the dish. The homer was the first of a team-leading, three hits by the Tyler, Texas, native. The senior drove in four runs in the contest.

Ryan Gasporra tallied his second of two hits in the second inning to help break the game open as the Palm Dale, Calif., native tripled to score Nic Parrott, Marc Martinez and Christian Sebastien. The senior catcher later scored on a Clakley single to extend the lead to 6-0.

That would be all Gents’ hurler Paul Arcement (2-1) needed in the contest to pick up his second win of the season. The Shreveport, La., native and SCAC Co-Freshman of the Year struck out four Crusaders while allowing three hits.  The complete-game victory marked the first of the season for Arcement.

Sebastien also garnered multiple hits on the night for the Gents.

After scoring two runs in the third and fifth frames, Craig Littleman delivered a solo homerun in the sixth to extend the lead to 11-0.

Centenary added three runs in the seventh to ice the contest.

Martin Cronin took the loss for the Crusaders allowing 10 runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings.

In the opening game of the day, Christian Muscarello sealed the fate of the Maroon and White as he singled to center field to score Troy Gillen in the bottom of the 11th. The extra inning affair was the second between the two squads this season with each team claiming an extended outing.

Trailing 2-0 through the first four innings of the opener, the Gents rallied back with a run in each of the fifth, sixth and eighth innings to take their first lead of the game.

After Jamari James scored on a Parrott sacrifice in the fifth inning, a Clakley RBI-single in the sixth inning knotted the contest at 2-all. James later contributed to the run total for the second time in the game as the St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, senior drew a bases loaded walk to push Gasporra across the dish for the go-ahead run.

A Chris Bianchi solo homerun, one of his three hits of the day, in the ninth inning forced the second, deadlock of the contest setting up the extra inning affair.

Ryan Gray (1-0) logged the win with fanning three hitters in 2.1 innings of work while allowing just one hit and a walk.

Chase Clarke (3-2) took the loss on the bump for the Gents walking two in 1.1 of action.