Offense Explodes in Victories in Resumption of Suspended, Regularly Scheduled Game
Sophomore Dakota Brown picked up the win in game one, and also scored what proved to be the winning run.
Offense Explodes in Victories in Resumption of Suspended, Regularly Scheduled Game
Sunday, March 20, 2016
#16 Centenary (17-3, 4-0 SCAC)
Schreiner (5-16, 0-4 SCAC)
3/18/2016 | Kerrville, Texas | Attendance: 210
Win: Dakota Brown (1-0) 2.120011
Loss: Charlie Stewart (0-1) 2.012201
Michael Schimpf (CENTBASE) 523300
Dakota Brown (CENTBASE) 413300
Ian Graham (CENTBASE) 613000
Sam Pistrui (SCHBSB) 714100

SHREVEPORT, La. – Not only are the Gents 6-0 in the month of March, they now have four-straight games with 10+ runs thanks to a 12-10 (11 innings) win in the resumption of the suspended game from Friday and a 16-3 victory in game two.

Centenary (16-3, 5-0 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) needed a home run in the top of the 11th for a 12-10 win in game one, and jumped out to an 8-1 advantage in game two in a sweep of the day against Schreiner (5-17, 0-5 SCAC) Saturday afternoon, March 20.

Junior Michael Schimpf, who took over the conference lead in batting average last weekend, kicked it up a notch. He finished Friday and Saturday afternoon games 7-for-11 with five runs scored and 5 RBI’s, and now holds a .461 average for the season. Sophomore Chris Zapata added a home run in the top of the first in game two. Both Schimpf and Zapata now hold a 13-game hitting streak and have both reached safely in all 19 games this season.

Junior Scott Dwyer belted his first home run of his collegiate career in the top of the 11th of the first game to give Centenary a 12-10 lead.

The Gents offense, who entered the series with only four home runs on the season, belted three on the day.

In game one, the Gents led 1-0 before scoring three runs in the third. Schimpf led off the inning with a single, while freshman Colten Maples reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Both runners moved up on a passed ball, and a Zapata single scored Schimpf. Junior Aaron Quintanilla later cleared the bases on a double to open the 4-0 lead.

The Maroon and White blew the game open with three more in the fourth. Dwyer and sophomore Ian Graham singled to start the inning, advanced on a double steal, and both scored on Schimpf’s single. Schimpf advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored on Zapata’s single.

Schreiner answered with a pair of their own off senior Holden Novak. Novak only lasted 4.1 innings, surrendering four runs on nine hits.

Centenary led 8-6 before the game was suspended on Friday when the skies opened up. The Gents led 10-7 going in to the bottom of the ninth, but Schreiner scored three to tie the game. Quinton Volovar began the inning with a single and advanced to second when Osman Quintana was plunked with one out. Ben Benavides cleared the bases with a double, and Sam Pistrui tripled with two down to tie the game.

Senior Dakota Brown came in and recorded the final out to send the game to extra innings. Brown picked up his first win in his first decision of the season, throwing the final 2.1 innings and surrendering only two hits.

Brown walked with one out in the 11th, and scored what proved to be the winning run when Dwyer homered.

The offense stayed strong in game two, but the Gents pitching accompanied the offensive outburst. Sophomore Kaleb Kirk (5-2) took over the SCAC lead in wins, allowing three runs (two earned) and seven hits with seven strikeouts in eight innings.

Sophomore Merek Holzrichter gave up a pair of hits, but kept the Mountaineers off the scoreboard in the ninth.

The Maroon and White scored in all but the eighth inning of game two. Zapata hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the first, to open the scoring. Schimpf added a bases-loaded single and Maples drove in a run on a groundout in the second.

Up 5-0, heads up baserunning allowed a pair to score on Quintanilla’s fielder’s choice in the fourth. Schimpf added an RBI triple in the fifth and a three-run home run by sophomore Cole Lavergne in the ninth capped the Centenary scoring.

Every Gent in the starting lineup scored a run. Schimpf led the way, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI’s. Quintanilla went 3-for-5 with four RBI’s and a run scored.

Quintana had a solo home run for the Mountaineers, who scored single tallied in the fifth, seventh and eighth.

Derek Gonzales fell to 0-2 on the season for Schreiner, allowing nine hits and seven runs (five earned) in three innings of work.

Centenary and Schreiner play the series finale Sunday, March 21, at noon.