On the Bump: Layton Tromba
Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello Gents fans and welcome back to “On the Bump”.  We came off of our second consecutive 3 game series sweep in the conference against Austin College as we looked to continue the winning streak this past Easter weekend against the University of Dallas (UD).

In game one, we sent Holden Novak to the mound and he competed for us without his best stuff, working the outside corner effectively while limiting the UD hitters to just three hits in six innings.  He walked three and struck out three, giving up 2 earned runs in his outing.   Then we turned the ball over a bit early to the man that shuts the door for us, T-Hen.   T was able to strike out seven in three innings, allowing no hits and three walks.  He overmatched the hitters like he has been for a while now.  If you hear Game Over come on the loudspeaker at Shehee, just know that’s exactly what it means on the field.

At the plate, we manufactured some runs on sacrifice flies from Kody Carson and Ian Graham in the second and third innings, and were able to tack on another on a big two-out single from Dakota Brown right up the middle.  Aaron Quintanilla was also 2-2 on the day.  We got some timely hits when we needed to and kind of sunk some of the air out of them after putting up a run in the second, third, and fourth inning and ended up winning another one run ballgame, 3-2.

Game 2 was a very similar picture as Jake McFarland dealt for us from the first pitch of the game, going a season long 8 innings allowing just 4 hits and no runs.  He walked one and struck out eight.  He was dominating and really set the tone for what would be a pitcher’s duel as UD’s starter was feeling it as well.

Although we were only able to scratch one run across on three hits, that run was huge, as C-Bass smacked one into left field for what ended up being the lone run of the game.  Jake handed the ball to T-Hen for his second save opportunity of the day, and T was able to retire Dallas in the ninth, assuring us of a series victory with a 1-0 win.

Saturday’s game 3 had a little more offense than the first two games of the series.  Kaleb Kirk took the ball and went two innings for us allowing one run before Michael Francis came in and did a really nice job, going 5.1 allowing 9 hits but just 3 earned runs with no walks and four strikeouts.  He did a really nice job of coming in and bridging the gap.  Devin Bench came on and did surrender a double that tied the game at four but was resilient in holding the game at a tie, and not allowing them anymore when they still had 2nd and 3rd with 1 out.  He was able to get a punch-out and a groundball and get our offense back up to bat.

We smacked four runs across in the eighth on another big 2 out hit from the straw that stirs the cup, Chris Zapata. The freshman is a machine, picking up another huge 2 out bases loaded hit for us to drive in 2.  I mean there aren’t really any words to describe his confident, solid approach to the game of baseball.  He flat out gets it and knows how to play the game the right way with that warrior mentality.  Aaron Quintanilla came up right after Zap and ripped a double down the line, scoring two more before Bench went out and handled the ninth, and we were able to win game three by a score of 8-4. We brought out the brooms for a third straight weekend in conference, which is huge.

It was another weekend of winning baseball with great pitching throughout, solid, sometimes spectacular defense, and some timely hitting.  That is the kind of baseball that wins championships and we hope to keep it rolling into our midweek game Tuesday against LeTourneau and then into a 4 game non-conference set with the Louisiana College Wildcats.  We play a home and home next weekend, with the first two away, and Saturday’s two games at Shehee.  Come on out and support if you can as we look to keep the W’s coming!!!

Until next time, Go Gents!!