by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SHREVEPORT, La. – The Whitworth Pirates fell 6-2 to the 20th-ranked Centenary Gents to both teams' final game in the Gents Baseball classic.
Whitworth leaves Louisiana with a 2-2 record after its season-opening road trip. Centenary finishes the Gents Classic 4-0 after sweeping the Pirates and Pacific (Ore.).
The Gents jumped in front in the first inning. Chris Zapata singled home Andrew Russell for the first run of the game, and Cody Crowder drove in Zapata to give Centenary a 2-0 advantage.
The Pirates responded in the third inning when Ben Wintringer knocked in Nicholas Nerud to slice the deficit in half. Whitworth couldn't even the game after Nerud advanced to third, however, and finished its half of the inning down 2-1.
Centenary added on another run in the bottom of the third and a fourth in the top of the seventh inning. In the third, Chris Haggard singled home Crowder and Russell scored on a wild pitch to make the lead 4-1 in the seventh inning.
Whitworth looked to be starting a comeback in the eighth inning when Joel Condreay doubled in Nerud to cut the deficit to 4-2. Unfortunately for the Bucs, Condreay was called out at third, and Tyler Bailey flew out to end the inning.
Centenary added two more runs in the top of the eighth and Cole Lavergne closed the door in the top of the ninth inning to seal the win for the Gents.
Brady Simmelink got the start for Whitworth and was hit with the loss. He tossed 5.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits with 2 walks and 1 strikeout. Tim Bever threw 2.1 innings in relief and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits.
Conner Lee earned the win for Centenary, throwing 7 innings and allowing just one run.
Both Condreay and Wintringer went 2-4 with one run batted in.
Up next, the Pirates return to the Northwest for the NWC Preseason Tournament in Portland, Ore. The Bucs will take on George Fox, Pacific, and Pacific Lutheran.