On the Bump: Layton Tromba
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hi Gent fans and welcome back to “On the Bump”. We were able to play two games this weekend against Austin College, but unfortunately the doubleheader for Sunday was cancelled due to weather. I am going to talk about the two games we were able to play and preview this upcoming weekend as we start conference in San Antonio against Trinity.

Saturday was a really good day for our ball club as we really played well in all phases of the game: pitching, hitting, and defense. In game one, Holden took the ball for us and threw the ball well, limiting Austin College to four hits over 5.2 innings pitched. Holden allowed 1 run (0 earned) with four walks and six strikeouts. Trey Guccione came on and got the final out in the sixth and three outs in the seventh to finish game one.

At the plate in game one, everybody swung the bats well as we scored one or more runs in each of the first five innings. Some of the offensive highlights were Christian Sebastien and Ian Graham, each tallying three hits. Ian also had four runs scored and an RBI, and Christian scored three runs while driving in two of his own. We jumped on them early and never looked back in game one winning 15-2.

In game two of the doubleheader, Jake McFarland took the ball for us and attacked the strike zone from the first pitch he delivered. Jake was able to go 6.1 innings, allowing seven hits, 0 runs, with no walks and one strikeout. He let Austin get themselves out by attacking the strike zone throughout.

Devin Bench game in with runners on in the seventh and was able to keep our 1-0 lead in tact, punching out Austin’s leadoff hitter to end the inning. He came out for the eighth and retired a batter before we gave the ball to Taylor Henry, who got five outs, all via the strikeout. He came in with one out in the eighth and finished that inning. In the bottom half of the eighth inning, we were able to tack on an insurance run before T-Hen came back out for the ninth and struck out the side.

We ended up winning game two 2-0. Michael Schimpf had a multi-hit game for us going 2-4 with an RBI. Chrsitian Sebastien was 1-3 at the dish with the other RBI for us.

We played some real clean, fundamental baseball against Austin. We made big pitches when we had too, swung the bats great in game one, and were able to scratch across a few big hits in game two. The defense was much better. As many baseball fans know, winning starts with pitching and defense and we were able to execute in both of those categories.

Jake McFarland picked up his first win as a Gent, which was great to see. He battled coming back for surgery after taking off over a year to rehab and get his arm where it needed to be so it was great to see him pitch well and pick up his first W. He is an extremely hard worker and it’s awesome to see that hard work paying off.

This upcoming weekend, we will be playing at Trinity in our first conference series, a three game set with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night. It will be important for us to get a solid week of practice and continue to build on many positives from this past weekend. If we pitch and play defense well and are able to have some timely hitting, we should find ourselves right where we want to be. This is the part of the season where every game holds a big magnitude and I think we are very excited to get down to San Antonio and play some good, hard-nosed baseball.

Until next time, Go Gents!!