Gents Baseball Uses Offensive Explosions to Complete Sweep of East Texas Baptist
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Centenary (LA) (5-1)
East Texas Baptist (2-3)
2/11/2017 | Marshall, TX | Attendance: 324
Centenary (LA)241031213161
East Texas Baptist0003000391
Win: Matthew Devillier (1-0) 6.293324
Loss: Ashley Dukes (1-1) 2.167523
Zane Wilkinson (CENTBB) 523100
Cody Crowder (CENTBB) 433100
Jaxon Rader (ETBU) 401000
Conner Combs (ETBU) 311000
Zach Compton (ETBU) 311010
Landen Barns (ETBU) 311301
Mason Aldredge (ETBU) 301000
Josh Warbington (ETBU) 301000
Brice Winter (ETBU) 301000
Dylan Sumpter (ETBU) 201000
Drew Helberg (ETBU) 101000

MARSHALL, Texas – The Gents racked up 32 runs and 37 hits (14 of which for extra bases) in two games as Centenary (6-1) swept a doubleheader from East Texas Baptist (2-4), winning the first game 13-3 and the second 19-10 Saturday afternoon, February 11.

Centenary has now swept the season three-game series over the Tigers the last two seasons.

Sophomore Matthew Devillier toed the rubber for the Gents in game one, going 6.2 innings and allowing nine hits and three runs for his first collegiate win. Junior Ian Graham and freshman Zane Wilkinson each went 6-for-11 from the plate.

Junior Cole Lavergne hit a pair of home runs on the day, while seniors Michael Schimpf and Aaron Quintanilla, junior Chris Zapata, and sophomore Andrew Russell all added round-trippers.

In game one, Centenary scored in 6-of-7 innings to claim the 10-run win. Oddly enough, it all started with two outs and nobody on in the first. After a hit by pitch, error, and a walk, Graham doubled in a pair of runs to put the Gents up 2-0.

Russell added his first home run in a Gents uniform to lead off the second, but it was two-out lightning that pushed the lead to six. With one on and two outs, freshman Cody Crowder singled and Schimpf walked to load the bases. Zapata followed with only his second career triple to clear the bases and put Centenary up 6-0.

Wilkinson added an RBI double in the third.

After Landen Barns hit a three-run home run for East Texas Baptist in the fourth, Schimpf hit his own three run bomb in the top of the fifth. Lavergne added a solo home run in the sixth, while Crowder and Zapata contributed RBI hits in the seventh.

Ashley Dukes took the loss on the mound for East Texas Baptist, giving up seven runs and six hits in 2.1 innings.

Both offenses were hot in game two. After East Texas Baptist scored three in the top of the first against senior Grant Debevec, Centenary scored three in each of the third and the fourth innings to take the lead. Schimpf hit a three-run home run in the third. In the fourth, freshman Bryce Kozeny hit a sacrifice fly before Quintanilla went yard with a runner on base.

However, the Tigers regained the lead thanks to a solo shot in the fifth and a grand slam by Conner Combs in the sixth.

Centenary grabbed the lead for good when it exploded for eight runs in the seventh. Lavergne homered with two on to give Centenary a 9-8 lead, while Crowder and Graham each drove in a pair with singles in the inning.

Graham finished game two with four hits in six at-bats with two runs and RBI’s each. Lavergne went 2-for-5 with four RBI’s.

Sophomore Hunter Amedee picked up the win in relief for Centenary, while Blake Corbin took the loss for East Texas Baptist.

Centenary returns to action next weekend for the annual Clements Fluid Tournament, hosted by UT Tyler. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. against Letourneau next Friday, February 17.