BASEBALL: Jackets split doubleheader at Centenary
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The LeTourneau YellowJackets baseball team split its final two road games of the season Saturday, defeating Centenary 4-3 before falling 9-1 in the second game of the day.
The Jackets' record moved to 14-22 after the doubleheader split. The win over the 23-12 Gents in the first game Saturday snapped a three-game losing skid.
Ryan Whitehead pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Jackets in game one Saturday to earn the victory. Whitehead struck out three batters as he improved his season record to 4-5.
Kirby Cantalamessa struck out two batters during a scoreless seventh inning to earn his seventh save of 2012. Cantalamessa's seven saves are the most for any LeTourneau pitcher since Lance Standley saved a single-season record eight games in 1992.
The Jackets plated three runs in the top of the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. Matt Leftwich led off the inning by reaching base on a throwing error, and then came home on Chris Bertram's RBI double. Bertram moved to third base on the play.
With Bertram at third, Jay Lutz was beaned by a pitch. The next batter, Josh Francis, knocked a sacrifice bunt that allowed Bertram to score and Lutz to get to third. Lutz later came home on Chuck Daugherty's sacrifice bunt.
The Jackets added another run in the third inning when Rhett Bohannon scored on Leftwich's sacrifice fly.
The Gents got three of those runs back in the bottom of the third thanks to four consecutive base hits, but were unable to erase LeTourneau's lead in game one.
Bohannon knocked two base hits for the Jackets during the first game Saturday.
In game two, the Jackets took a 1-0 lead after a half-inning, but the Gents scored nine unanswered runs to salvage the split of the Saturday twinbill.
Taylor Henry pitched six innings of relief for the Gents, allowing only three hits while striking out six. Travis Norris absorbed the loss for the Jackets, pitching 5 2/3 innings and striking out three.
Leftwich added his second sacrifice of the day, again scoring Rhett Bohannon, to account for LeTourneau's run in the top of the first. Bertram added two hits for the Jackets.
Since Friday's scheduled game was rained out, Centenary and LeTourneau will finish their seasons Thursday in Longview with a pair of seven-inning games. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.