Gents, Jackets split Saturday's doubleheader

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SHREVEPORT – Tyler Clakley and Matt Creamer spearheaded a strong offensive performance for Centenary on Senior Night in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader to avenge game one's loss as the Gents and LeTourneau split the American Southwest Conference doubleheader, 3-4, 9-1.

The Gents move to 23-12 and 16-9 in ASC play while LeTourneau slides to 14-22 with the split. Centenary will host LSU-Shreveport for a Tuesday doubleheader at 4 p.m. close the home slate before wrapping up the season with another doubleheader at LeTourneau starting at 5 p.m.

Creamer used a 4-for-4 performance in game two (6-for-8 for the day), scoring all four times, while Clakley recorded three RBIs and scored twice in a 2-for-4 performance, mimicking his game-one showing. Marc Martinez (2-for-5) joined the duo as the three Gents to record multi-hit games to cap the 12-hit performance.

Taylor Henry improved to 4-3 on the year after tossing six shutout innings in relief. He surrendered only three hits and fanned six batters. Starter Cole Thompson was pulled after just innings despite allowing just two hits and a single run, but he walked three early.

The Jackets took the lead with a single run in the first inning of the day's finale, but the Gents showed discipline at the plate, drawing three first-inning walks. James drew the final walk after Centenary loaded the bases with no outs to score the inning's only run, tying the game at 1-1.

The Gents took advantage of Jackets fielding error in the second as Clakley reached first, scoring Littleman to go up 2-1, the Gents first lead of the day reached on a leadoff single. Littleman reached on a leadoff single. Ryan Gasporra pushed the lead to 3-1 with an RBI single to right, scoring Creamer, his 28th RBI of the year.

Clakley cranked his fifth homer of the season to right center to cap the three-run fourth, extending the lead to 5-1, and knocked in his 30th run with a single through the right side in the sixth to move the lead to 6-1.

Clakley pushed in Creamer in the eighth with a long fly ball to center that was dropped by the center fielder, moving pinch runner Timmy Chhor to third. Chhor scored on a Kyle Morton sacrifice fly before Jeff Schaffert singled in Clakley, extending the lead to 9-1.

LeTourneau used a three-run second to open the game one's scoring thanks to two sacrifice bunts. The Yellow Jackets managed just one hit off Lance Nugent, but a costly fielding error allowed LeTourneau to keep the inning alive. The Jackets tacked on one more in the third thanks to the Gents second fielding error.

The Gents used four consecutive two-out hits in the bottom of the third to plate three runs to close the gap, ignited by a Gasporra RBI double to right field to slice the lead to 4-1 before Clakley singled in Gasporra to narrow the margin to 4-2. Kyle Morton singled up the middle to plate Clakley, bringing the score to 4-3.

Both pitchers settled in from there as neither team scored and LeTourneau escaped with a game-one win.

Nugent (7-2) suffered only his second loss of the year despite the five-hit outing. The Gents offense didn't muster many timely hits, except the big third inning, to help the senior hurler. Nugent fanned five batters while walking only one in the complete-game effort.

Ryan Whitehead (4-5) garnered the win, tossing 5 2/3 innings. The Gents knocked him for eight hits, but held the potent offense to three runs. He recorded three strikeouts and walked one. Ray Whitley tossed 1/3 of an inning before Kirby Cantalamessa threw a one-hit final frame to earn his seventh save.

Creamer, Gasporra and Clakley all smacked two hits apiece, going 2-for-4, while Morton and Schaffert each had a base knock. Both were 1-for-3 in game one.
The Nos. 1-5 hitters were 9-for-18 while hitters 6-9 were 0-for-11.