Novak Tosses Second Complete Game, Gents Win SCAC Opener 4-0
Senior Holden Novak tossed his second complete game of the year.
Novak Tosses Second Complete Game, Gents Win SCAC Opener 4-0
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Austin College (9-6, 0-1 SCAC)
Centenary (12-3, 1-0 SCAC)
3/12/2016 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 237
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Win: Holden Novak (4-1) 9.0300010
Loss: Josh Lewis (3-2) 7.0124424
Austin Dudley (AC) 302000
Scott Dwyer (CENTBASE) 423000

SHREVEPORT, La. – Senior Holden Novak started the season with a complete-game win. Why not begin Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play in the same fashion?

The Gents used two-out lightning again to blow the game open as Centenary (12-3, 1-0 SCAC) knocked off Austin College (9-6, 0-1 SCAC) at Shehee Stadium Saturday night, March 12.

Just like the season opener, Novak (4-1) also fanned 10 batters and allowed three hits. He retired the side in order in 5-of-9 innings, aided by a spectacular diving catch by junior Michael Schimpf that doubled off a ‘Roo runner in the first.

Centenary used a misplay in the outfield to open the scoring in the bottom of the second. With two outs and no one on, the rightfielder for Austin College misread a flyball that allowed junior Scott Dwyer to hit a standup triple. Sophomore Ian Graham drove in Dwyer on a duck snort to left field.

It was two-out lightning again in the third that put Centenary up 3-0. With no one on, freshman Cameron Guin and sophomore Cole Lavergne walked. Junior Aaron Quintanilla placed a ball right in front of the centerfielder that allowed Guin to score and Lavergne to move to third. Senior Dakota Brown added an infield single to push the lead to 3-0.

Centenary banged out 14 hits for the game, led by Dwyer going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Schimpf extended his hitting streak to nine with an RBI single in the sixth, while sophomore Chris Zapata pushed his streak to nine with a single in the first.

For good measure, Schimpf added a double that hit the chalk down the right field line in the eighth.

Austin College only advanced one man to third all game. In the frame, Jeremy Halford struck out but got on when Zapata’s throw to first hit Halford in the back. RJ Melton then was hit by a pitch, and Tyler Tarbox used a sacrifice bunt to the first baseman in front of the mound. However, Novak got out of the jam on only four pitches as he induced a foul fly and then struck out Gus Daniel on three-straight pitches looking.

Josh Lewis (3-2) took the loss for Austin College, allowing 12 hits and four runs in seven innings of work.

Centenary returns to action tomorrow with a double header against Austin College beginning at 11 a.m.