SHREVEPORT, LA —The Centenary baseball team had a tough time gaining any offensive momentum on Sunday against Summit League foe, Oral Roberts, as it fell 13-5 in the suspended game from Saturday and 19-1 in seven innings in the series finale at Shehee Stadium.
Despite dropping both contests on Sunday, the Gents still maintain a slight advantage in the league standings as they fell to 24-21 overall and 13-6 in The Summit League.
Game 1: Oral Roberts 13, Centenary 5
Centenary saw itself down 4-1 before the game on Saturday was halted due to wet field conditions. Resumed on Sunday, the Gents weren't able to narrow the deficit, only putting up three hits over the final three frames.
On the game, senior Cliff Shepard led the team offensively with a 2x3, one run effort, including his 19th double of the season. Freshman Ryan Bell drove in two late in the game on a double, while junior Scott Pasket (1x4, R), sophomore Jeff Schaffert (1x2) and senior Jeff Ericson (1x3, R) each had a knock. Seniors Michael Tompkins and Tell Ross each drove in one and scored a run, while junior Alex Todd picked up an RBI.
Starter Seth Lugo (4.0,2,2,1,3,4) suffered the loss after allowing one earned run on two hits through 4.0 innings of work with four strikeouts.
Also seeing action on the mound was junior Justin Kraft (0.41,3,2,2,1,0), senior Jimmy Hoyt (1.0,3,3,1,2,1), freshman Trey McGee (1.0,0,1,1,1,0), junior Stephen Tromblee (0.1,3,5,5,2,1) and freshman Cole Thompson (0.1,1,0,0,0,0).
Oral Roberts was able to extend its lead to 7-1 in the sixth on three consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly. Centenary, however, would make things interesting as it plated four runs in the latter half of the inning.
With one out, Shepard and Tompkins each reached base with walks, allowing Ross and Todd to plate them for a 7-3 game. At the plate with two outs, Bell's double to center field would drive in Ross and Ericson who singled.
The Golden Eagles challenged Centenary with two huge doubles that would plate five of their runs to go ahead 13-5.
Earning the win for Oral Roberts was starter Bryce Smolen (4.0,3,1,1,0,2) who tossed 4.0 innings of work, allowing one earned run on three hits.
Tyler Saladino led the offense with a 3x5, three run, four-RBI effort.
Game 2: Oral Roberts 19, Centenary 1 (7 innings)
Centenary wasn't its usual offensive self in the series finale, posting just five hits on the contest and committing five errors.
Junior Conald Mansfield, off the bench, produced a 2x2, one-run effort to lead the Gents at the plate, while Ross was 2x3 and Pasket was 1x3.
Tompkins (2.2,11,14,2,1,0) took the loss as the starter, pitching 2.2 innings, allowing just two earned runs on 11 hits.
McGee (2.0,3,5,1,2,1) and Thompson (2.1,1,0,0,0,3) also saw action out of the pen.
Oral Roberts went up early and often and never looked back as they scored runs in the first five innings, including an eight-run third on five hits and two Gent errors.
Centenary would go on to plate one run in the fifth frame after Mansfield would double down the right field line. Junior Derek Dalzell would reach on a Golden Eagle fielding error, plating Mansfield.
Thompson was able to hold the Oral Roberts lineup hitless in the final two frames, but by that time, Centenary wasn't able to regain any late momentum.
Oral Roberts' starter Mark Guest (7.0,5,1,0,1,7) pitched 7.0 complete innings, giving up just five hits, while fanning seven Gents.
P.J. Sequeira drove in seven on a 3x3 effort.
Centenary will continue its busy home stand with a single game on Monday against Western Illinois at 7 pm, followed by a double-header on Tuesday slated at Noon.