Baseball splits opening day
Friday, February 6, 2015
Centenary (1-1)
George Fox (2-0)
2/6/2015 | San Antonio, Texas | Attendance: 55
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Win: Hirko (1-0) 2.121104
Loss: Taylor Henry (0-1) 0.111000
Ian Graham (CENT) 523000
Wileman (GFU) 412100
Esquerra (GFU) 312100

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Centenary baseball team opened the 2015 season with a 14-6 win over the University of Texas at Tyler before falling 7-6 to George Fox in the night cap at Trinity University.

In the opener, Centenary received a strong offensive outing and pitching efforts from starter Holden Novak and reliever Grant Debevec. Novak notched the win on the bump allowing three run on six hits in 5.0 innings of work. Novak fanned five in the effort.

Michael Schimpf paced the squad’s effort at the dish going 3-for-4 with two RBI and four runs scored. The sophomore was one of six hitters with multi-hitting performances as Ian Graham, Chris Zapata, Aaron Quintanilla, Kody Carson and Brooks Williams all logged two hits each.

Christian Sebastien led the team in RBI with four, including three off a homerun in the eighth inning to ice the contest. Carson finished with three RBI as Quintanilla added two RBI to join Schimpf with multiple-RBI.

Debevec pitched the final 4.0 frames to capture the save. Debevec allowed three runs –two earned – on five hits.

In the finale, four Gents logged multiple-hit performances led by Graham’s three hits. Zapata, Quintanilla and Cole Lavergne each added two hits each in the contest.

Trailing 4-2 through six innings, the Maroon and White rallied back in the top of the seventh with three runs to grab a 5-4 lead. However GFU answered back with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to grab a 7-5 lead heading into the final frame.

The Gents attempted a second rally as Khalen Simpson logged a RBI single to score to Schimpf and nip the lead to a run with two outs, but the rally fell short as Simpson was caught stealing to close the contest.

Cade Henry took the loss on the mound allowing one run on one hit in just 1/3 innings on the mound. Starter Layton Tromba tossed 5.0 innings allowing three runs on seven hits. Paul Arcement took the loss on the mound for the Gents allowing three runs –two earned – on two hits in 2.0 innings of relief. Devin Bench tossed the final 2/3 innings.

Centenary returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 7 as they face Concordia (Texas) in Seguin, Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.