Gents Open 2016 with Two Victories over Louisiana College
Senior Holden Novak threw a complete-game win in game one, allowing only an unearned run while striking out 10.
Gents Open 2016 with Two Victories over Louisiana College
Friday, February 5, 2016
Louisiana College (0-1)
Centenary (1-0)
2/5/2016 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 0
Louisiana College1000000130
Win: Holden Novak (1-0) 7.0310110
Loss: Austin Thompson (0-1) 1.155500
Deauton Delgado (LC16BB) 301000
Tyler Lamers (LC16BB) 301000
Zane Corbell (LC16BB) 201000
Chris Zapata (16CENTBS) 412000

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Diamond Gents picked up a pair or wins thanks to only one unearned run with 16 strikeouts in only 13 innings of work as Centenary (2-0) began the season with a pair of wins against Louisiana College (0-2) Friday night, February 5.

The Gents opened up their 2016 campaign at Shehee Stadium, behind a strong complete game outing from starting pitcher, senior Holden Novak in the first game of the doubleheader. Louisiana College was able to scratch across a run in the top of the first after a leadoff walk by Sully Martin, who stole third base with two outs and came home on an errant throw into left field.

The Gents struck back with three of their own in the bottom half of the first after back-to-back hit-by-pitches to start the inning. With runners on first and third and one out, junior Aaron Quintanilla hit a ground ball to third, which resulted in a run after a wild over throw home. With two outs and runners on second and third, sophomore Cole Lavergne took a two-strike pitch and lined it into centerfield, plating sophomores Chris Zapata and Ian Graham.

After a scoreless second inning by Novak, the Gents were able to plate two more in the bottom of the second after leadoff singles by juniors Brooks Williams and Michael Schimpf, putting runners at the corners. Junior Scott Dwyer hit a groundball to first staking the Gents to a 4-1 lead. Later in the inning, Quintanilla added an RBI groundout putting the Gents up four.

Novak continued to deal, not allowing his first hit until the top of the fifth. Deauton Delgado lined a leadoff double, but Tyler Lamers came up for the Wildcats and hit a blooper into right that Quintanilla made a turn-around, jumping catch and doubled off Delgado to empty the bases.

That was the last of struggles for Novak as he cruised throughout, tallying 10 strikeouts in the complete-game win. He only surrendered three hits.

The pitching and defense for the Gents in game one mixed with some timely hitting was a key formula for success. Behind a four-run lead, Novak pounded the strike zone, keeping the Wildcat hitters off balance. Zapata went 2-for-4 at the plate, while Quintanilla and Lavergne added a pair of RBI’s.

Novak (1-0) picked up his first win of the season while Austin Thompson (0-1) took the loss for the Wildcats, allowing five hits and five runs in 1.1 innings of work.

Game two of the doubleheader featured a pitcher’s duel from both sides through the first five innings. For the Gents, sophomore Jackie Allen scattered six hits from the Wildcats through the first three innings, but was able to settle down and keep the game scoreless. He allowed just one hit through the middle three innings. Starting pitcher Charlie Waddingham was equally impressive for the Wildcats, striking out the side in the first inning and not allowing a hit until the bottom of the fifth.

Waddingham tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out seven. Allen went six scoreless innings for the Gents, allowing seven hits while striking out six.

The Gents opened up the scoring in the bottom of the sixth off Wildcat reliever, Miles Holley Jr. After a leadoff single by freshman Colten Maples, Williams got the sacrifice bunt down, moving Maples to second base with one out. Schimpf walked, and Dwyer lined one off the glove of the first baseman, plating Maples and putting men on the corners. A wild pitch later in the inning with two outs allowed Schimpf to cross home plate, giving the Gents a 2-0 lead.

That was all the Gents needed, as freshman closer Matthew Devillier came in with a two-run lead, striking out the side in the seventh. The Wildcats were able to scratch across one in the top half of the eighth inning when Zane Corbell scored on a two-out, RBI single up the middle from Deauton Delgado. Devillier stranded Delgado at first to get out of the jam.

The Gents offense came to life in the bottom of the eighth, scoring four runs off of Wildcat reliever Trey Ducote. Zapata hit a RBI single up the middle, plating freshman Cameron Guin. Later, Graham laid down a bunt single, scoring Schimpf. Lavergne busted the game open by adding a two RBI single up the middle, scoring Zapata and Dwyer.

Devillier tossed a scoreless ninth as the Gents closed the doubleheader with the 6-1 win for the clean sweep.

Allen (1-0) picked up his first career win while Miles Holley Jr. (0-1) suffered the loss for the Wildcats. Maples was 2-for-2 from the plate for the Gents, while Dwyer had a two hit game also. Lavergne added two RBI’s in game two.

The Gents will be back in action Saturday, February 6, as they travel to Pineville, Louisiana to take on the Louisiana College Wildcats for a pair of games in Pineville. The seven, nine-inning doubleheader kicks off at 1 p.m.