Gents Complete Three Game Sweep behind Dominant Pitching Performances
Junior Michael Schimpf batted better than .600 for the weekend to take over the SCAC lead in batting average.
Gents Complete Three Game Sweep behind Dominant Pitching Performances
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Austin College (9-7, 0-2 SCAC)
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Centenary (13-3, 2-0 SCAC)
3/13/2016 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 177
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Win: Jackie Allen (3-0) 7.040004
Loss: Brett Moody (2-2) 5.287524
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SHREVEPORT, La. – The Gents have toed the rubber for 34 innings thus far in the month of March. The pitching staff has allowed zero runs. 

The Maroon and White allowed only two ‘Roos runners past second base all weekend, including only one in 16 innings today, as Centenary (14-3, 3-0 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) swept a pair of game in eight-inning games by a 10-0 score against Austin College (9-8, 0-3 SCAC) Sunday afternoon, March 13.

 

Game 1

The Gents started game two of the series with sophomore Jackie Allen (3-0) on the mound, who tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just 4 hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Allen was in command through the first three innings and the Gents’ bats got going in the bottom half of the third.

After a double from junior leadoff hitter Michael Schimpf and a single from freshman Colten Maples. Sophomore Chris Zapata lined a single into center, scoring Schimpf and moving Maples to third. Cleanup hitter Cameron Guin followed suit and smacked another single into right field, giving the Gents a 2-0 lead with runners on first and second and still nobody out. After a fielder’s choice and an error, junior Scott Dwyer hit a ground ball to shortstop, which resulted in an errant throw by the second baseman from Austin College, scoring both Guin and Zapata to stake the Gents to a 4-0 lead.

Allen continued to dominate for the Gents, pounding the strike zone consistently. Then, the Gents bats came alive again in the bottom of the sixth inning when they struck for three runs after the first two hitters were retired. Schimpf walked and Maples was hit by a pitch, before Zapata stepped in the box and took a hanging breaking ball over the left center field fence for a three-run home run.

Allen finished seven strong innings before the Gents tacked on one more in the bottom of the seventh. Senior reliever Devin Bench came in and threw a scoreless inning. The Gents were able to finish the game in the bottom of the eighth, scoring two and ending the game with a final score in game one of the doubleheader 10-0 Gents.

Schimpf and Zapata, who both extended their hitting streaks to 11 games after the day, combined to go 5-for-8 with five RBI’s and four runs scored.

Allen was effective throughout and the offense was able to string together some big innings throughout the game. Brett Moody (2-2) suffered the loss for the ‘Roos on the mound, tossing 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits, seven runs (five earned), with two walks and four strikeouts. 

  

Game 2

The third and final game of the series was very similar to the first two, as the Gents had great pitching and defense throughout, with some big timely hits at the dish. Sophomore Kaleb Kirk took the ball for the Gents and tossed a complete game, his second of the season. Kirk (4-2) allowed just five singles over eight strong innings, with one walk and five strikeouts.

The Gents offense started early in game three, tacking on one run in each of the first three innings. Freshman Cameron Guin scored Maples from second with a two-out single to right. In the bottom of the second, the formula was very similar as Schimpf picked up another hit and two-out RBI single giving the Gents a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half of the third, after a caught stealing, the bases were empty with two outs when junior Aaron Quintanilla singled into left field. Sophomore Cole Lavergne came up next and lined an RBI double down the right field line, scoring Quintanilla from first to put the Gents up 3-0.

Kirk continued to dominate the ‘Roos’ bats throughout before the Gents extended the lead with a big bottom of the sixth. After a leadoff single up the middle by senior Dakota Brown, he took second with one out. Sophore Ian Graham walked and then a successful double steal, with Brown on third and Graham on second and still just one out. Schimpf doubled to right, bringing home Brown from third. Maples executed a squeeze bunt, scoring both Graham and Schimpf, who did not hesitate to come around third base. The Gents took a 6-0 lead heading into the seventh inning and got into the bullpen. Starting pitcher for the Roo’s, Mychael Parish (3-2), took the loss on the mound, allowing 10 hits in six innings. He gave up six runs (four earned) with two walks and one strikeout.

After a scoreless seventh for both teams and a scoreless top half of the eighth from Kirk, the Gents were able to put four more runs across, completing the three-game sweep with another 10-0 victory in eight innings. After loading the bases with no outs, Schimpf got another RBI with a single to shortstop. With the bases still loaded, Maples hit a ball back to the pitcher, who turned a 1-2-3 double play, leaving runners at second and third with 2 outs. Chris Zapata smoked another double off the right center field wall, picking up two more RBI’s. Guin came up next and delivered the game winning single up the middle, scoring freshman pinch runner Sam Lawson to end the game.

The Gents were solid in all facets of the game Sunday, holding the Roo’s scoreless throughout the entire weekend while the offense put up some big numbers. The Gents offense had five starters who had multi-hit efforts at the plate. Schimpf went 4-for-5 with three RBI’s and Brown went 3-4 at the plate in the last game of the series. Quintanilla picked up two hits, while Zapata and Guin were each 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI’s in the middle of the order for the Gents offense.

The Gents completed the three game sweep at Shehee Stadium over Austin College to open up SCAC conference play 3-0. The Gents will be back in action on the road Friday, March 18, in another conference series against the Schreiner Mountaineers. First pitch for game one in Kerrville, Texas, is scheduled for 2 p.m.