On the Bump with Layton Tromba
Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello Gent fans and welcome back to “On the Bump”. This past weekend, we had a four game non-conference series against the Louisiana College Wildcats.  The first two were on the road in Pineville on Friday followed by two at Sheehee Stadium on Saturday.

Friday definitely went the way we wanted in game one for the first four and a half innings but LC was able to score 6 runs in the bottom of the fifth after we were ahead 6-1 and took a 7-6 lead.  They added one more in the bottom of the sixth to go up 8-6.  Aaron Qunitanilla hit a home run in the top of the seventh with 2 outs but with the first game on each day being just a 7 inning game, it was a little too late as we fell 8-7.

Holden Novak started for us and threw great until the fifth inning when he ran into a little trouble, but hey, that’s the game of baseball.  He went 4.2 innings allowing 8 hits, 7 runs (6 earned) with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.  T-Hen threw the final 1.1 innings allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run.

At the plate in game one, Michael Schimpf was 2-4 with 3 RBI’s, Aaron was 2-4 with 2 RBI’s and Kody Carson had a multi-hit game as well.

In game 2, LC scored an unearned run in the first before we rallied for 2 in the second, 1 in the fourth, and 8 in the fifth and that was plenty for starter Jake McFarland who dealt once again for us.  Jake tossed a complete game, giving up just 4 hits, 3 runs (2 earned) with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts.  He set the tone for us and pitched aggressively for us from the first pitch.

At the plate, we had five starters with multi-hit games including homeruns from Kody Carson and Chris Zapata.  Dakota Brown had 3 hits, and Chris Zapata and Kody Carson each had 3 RBI’s in the game.  The other 2 multi-hit starters were Ian Graham and Brooks Williams.  It was a great offensive outburst in the fifth as we took game 2 by a final score of 11-3.

Saturday’s doubleheader was at home and we sent Kaleb Kirk to the mound in game 3 of the series and threw five innings allowing just 5 hits and 1 run (0 earned).  Devin Bench came on for a scoreless sixth and T-Hen did the same in the seventh to wrap up a quick 5-1 victory. 

At the plate,  Cole Lavergne was 2-3 with 2 RBI’s, Aaron Qunitanilla had a hit and 2 RBI’s and Christian Sebastien added two hits of his own.

In game 4, we gave the ball to Mike Francis who dealt for the first three innings.  Unfortunately in the fourth, LC was able to score 3 and tack on 2 more in the fifth.  He gave up 5 runs in 4.2 innings and Trey Guccione came on and threw 4.1 scoreless innings allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks.

Despite a strong offensive performance for the majority of the weekend, we struggled after scoring a run in the bottom of the second.  We weren’t able to score again until the sixth and seventh innings when we scored one each inning to cut the lead for LC to 5-3.  That’s all we were able to get as we ended up splitting the day and the series with the Wildcats at two a piece.

We would’ve liked to take the series going into game 4 with a 2-1 series lead but we were unable to do so.  We now have our focus completely on our midweek game against LSUS, but more importantly, our conference series this upcoming weekend in Georgetown against Southwestern University.

We swung the bats well for the most part and pitched it well too.  There were just a few blemishes over the weekend leading to a split at the end of the day.   We didn’t make a lot of mistakes at all on the weekend.  We just need to continue to play aggressively and fearless and we will be just fine. We are going to have a great week of practice and preparation before this weekend’s three game conference series.

Until next time, Go Gents!!