Cowboys Fall To Centenary, 11-5
ABILENE, Texas — Two big innings by Centenary did in the Hardin-Simmons baseball team in an 11-5 loss on Friday night in American Southwest Conference Crossover action at Hunter Field on Friday night.
Centenary scored in the first on a home run by Ryan Gaspora. HSU answered with two runs in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Andrew Rehling and the Cowboys scored the other run on a double play groundout.
The Gents added five runs in the third inning on four hits and an error. Tyler Clakley and Kyle Morton had back-to-back RBI single and Marc Martinez drove in two runs with a single to right.
The game turned in the seventh when James Simmons came in to relieve Nicholson with the bases loaded and two outs. Simmons was called for a balk forcing in a run and then a 3-2 pitch that appeared to break over the plate was called a ball to reload the bases. The next batter Jamari James had a two-run single and then an error by Blake Sieck allowed another run to score.
HSU scored a run in the eighth on an RBI single by Nicholson, but HSU left the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth innings.
Nicholson took the loss to fall to 2-1 on the year. He allowed eight hits and six earned runs in six and one-third innings of work. He struck out six. Lance Nugent was stellar for Centenary. He went seven and two-third innings and allowed just three earned runs while striking out 11 to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Jay Hiller led the Cowboys with three hits and Nicholson and Rehling had two. James had four knocks for Centenary.
Centenary is now 9-3 on the year and HSU falls to 5-5. The teams will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
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