Gents Battle, but Fall in Opener at Southwestern
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Centenary (6-2)
Southwestern (2-6)
2/19/2016 | Georgetown, Texas | Attendance: 193
Win: Jacob Kendra (1-1) 5.197734
Loss: Holden Novak (2-1) 2.087732
Michael Schimpf (CENTBASE) 523100
Ethan Hallmark (SU) 513200
Colten Shea (SU) 313110

GEORGETOWN, Texas - A warm Friday night in Georgetown, Texas, saw a lot of offense from both teams. Unfortunately, Centenary (6-2) fought to claw their way back and came up just a bit short in a 9-7 loss in game one against the Southwestern Pirates (2-6).

The Gents tallied a run across in the first after a two-out, wild pitch that allowed junior Michael Schimpf to score from third, but it was a short lead for the Gents as the Pirates came back with two of their own in the bottom half. After back-to-back walks, a popup got the first out of the inning. Ethan Luna lined a single up the middle to tie the game at one. Moments later, Ethan Hallmark hit a double into left, giving the Pirate’s a 2-1 lead.

After a scoreless second for the Gents, Southwestern struck for three more. After two, one-out singles, the Pirate’s ran a double steal and Little came home after the throw to third went into left field. After a walk, the Pirate’s scored twice more, on an infield single to third and another Ethan Hallmark single to left. The Pirates led 5-1 after two innings.

The Gents struck back with two in the third to cut the deficit to 5-3. Schimpf singled and junior Scott Dwyer was hit by a pitch. Southwestern starter Jacob Kendra (1-1) was able to retire the next two hitters. Schimpf stole third and scored on a passed ball. Moments later, sophomore Cole Lavergne lined a shot off the glove of the Pirates’ third baseman, scoring Dwyer to cut the deficit to two.

However, Southwestern rallied again in the bottom half and scored two more. Senior starting pitcher Holden Novak (2-1) was pulled in the third inning after two singles and a stolen base led to another Pirate run. Novak finished the day by allowing eight hits and seven runs in two innings pitched.

Sophomore Michael Francis came in from the bullpen and walked Colten Shea, then balked before intentionally walking leadoff hitter Will Cates of Southwestern. Francis was able to get a double play ball and a groundout to minimize the Pirate inning, but Southwestern led 7-3 after three innings.

The Pirates scored one more in the bottom of the fourth, taking an 8-3 lead into the fifth. The Gents offense got going again, as Schimpf scored on another passed ball and a two-out single by Lavergne scored sophomore Chris Zapata, trimming the lead to 8-5.

However Southwestern answered right back. After a leadoff triple Tyler Bludau, senior Devin Bench relieved Francis out of the bullpen for the Maroon and White. Shea greeted Bench with an RBI single, before Bench retired the Pirates holding them to one run and a 9-5 lead.

The Gents answered in the sixth, scoring twice. After leadoff singles by senior Dakota Brown and freshman Colten Maples, classmate Jonathan Motal moved Brown to third with one out. Schimpf singled up the middle, bringing Brown home. Schimpf led Centenary offensively with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI.

Junior Scott Dwyer came up next and drew a walk before Southwestern decided to go to their bullpen. Zapata lined sac fly into right, plating Maples. After a steal by Scott Dwyer, runners were on second and third with two outs. Freshman Cameron Guin just got under a 3-2 pitch, flying out to right field to end the inning.

From that point on, goose eggs were on the scoreboard for the remainder of the evening. Lefty Joe McCormack picked up his first save of the year, tossing three scoreless innings with four strikeouts for the Pirates. The Gents kept the Pirates off the scoreboard, as Bench tossed three scoreless innings before senior Dakota Brown worked a scoreless eighth for the Gents. Unfortunately, the rally came up just a bit short.

The Gents will look to rebound tomorrow as they take on Southwestern in games two and three of this non-conference series. First pitch for game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 20.