TLU baseball takes two of three from Centenary in key SCAC series
Posted on 4/16/2018 8:35:00 AM.
(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran baseball opened its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series against Centenary with 11-5 and 11-4 wins in Saturday’s doubleheader at Katt-Isbel Field, but dropped the third game of the set 7-3 on Sunday.

TLU, ranked 11th and 13th in the two major NCAA DIII baseball polls, handed Centenary its first SCAC losses of the year on Saturday.

Bulldog catcher Spencer Brandt went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in the early contest and had a 3-for-5 showing with four RBI in the late game.

Keaton Boysen hit a three-run home run and had three hits and two runs scored in the opener. He added three more hits, a run scored and an RBI in the second contest.

In the opener, Dylan Drgac went 7-2/3 innings to get his eighth win of the year. Drgac (8-1) struck out seven and walked three.

Nathan Malinovsky tossed seven innings in the second game and also moved to 8-1. Malinovsky worked out six walks. He struck out six.

Riley Schaefer collected five hits and four runs scored in the doubleheader. He drove in a run in each game. Schaefer hit his sixth home run of the season in the second contest.

With fielding conditions made difficult due to wind gusts up to 30 mph, TLU played error-free baseball in both contests. Centenary made a total of eight errors - four in each game. Those eight errors led to 11 unearned runs Saturday.

With Sunday’s loss, the Bulldogs fell to 26-8 overall and to 8-4 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Centenary moved to 19-12 overall and to 10-2 in the SCAC.

The Gents clinched a spot in the upcoming SCAC Baseball Championship. The top four teams in the SCAC advance to the conference tournament.

TLU held a 3-2 lead into the top of the seventh. Centenary scored five times in the seventh. The Gents were aided in their comeback by three Bulldog errors in the seventh.

The first six hitters in the Gents' lineup - Peyton Cormane, Cody Crowder, Chris Zapata, Ian Graham, Cameron Guin and Preston Ludwick - each drove in a run during the contest.

Centenary senior right-hander Cole Lavergne tossed a complete game. Lavergne scattered 11 hits and stranded seven Bulldogs on base. He stuck out four and did not walk a batter.

Riley Schaefer, Thomas Varner and Tyler Cauley each drove in a run for TLU. All three players had two hits.

Clint Johns pitched six innings for TLU and took the loss. Johns dropped to 4-1. He allowed four runs (only two earned), and he registered three strikeouts and a walk.

TLU heads to Georgetown this Friday to start a three-game SCAC series with the Southwestern Pirates. Friday’s game starts at 6 p.m., followed by a Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m.

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