SHREVEPORT, LA -- The Centenary Gents got some measure of revenge for an earlier late-game loss to the Grambling Tigers by scoring six runs in the last two innings to pull out a 6-5 win over the Tigers Monday night.
The Tigers had beaten the Gents 5-4 in the ninth inning earlier this season at Grambling.
Centenary (14-28-1) appeared out for the game, as Grambling (23-12) pitcher Melvin Toliver had given up no runs and four hits in seven innings, but things changed after Toliver issued his sixth walk and hit the bench with a 5-0 lead.
The Gents got two in the eighth and were down 5-2 heading to the final half inning. With two men on, designated hitter Jeff Pierce hit a shot off the center field wall which plated both runners and left him on second and the Gents only one run down. First baseman Chad Shindle then came to the plate and singled Pierce home with the tying run. Grambling walked the next three batters with two outs to send Shindle home with the winning run. Shindle and pierce did the job offensively for the Gents. Pierce was 1 for 5, but he had three RBIs and two runs scored. Shindle finished 3 for 5 with one RBI and one run scored.
Centenary pitcher John Lockhart (4-5) was not dominant, but he threw a complete game to pick up the victory. Lockhard gave up four earned runs, but he struck out five and only gave up seven hits.
The Gents have a long break from home before completing the season with a two-day homestand against Louisiana0Monroe and Northwestern State on March 2 and 3.