BASEBALL: Jackets end season with a win, split DH with Centenary
LONGVIEW -- The LeTourneau YellowJackets ended their 2012 season on a winning note Thursday, defeating the Centenary Gents 11-6 to salvage a doubleheader split.
The Gents (24-15) won the first game of the evening by a score of 10-8.
Travis Norris won his final game as a collegian for the YellowJackets in game two, pitching 5 1/3 innings and striking out five batters to claim the victory. Norris gave up four earned runs and scattered only four hits.
Kirby Cantalamessa pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for LeTourneau to earn his eighth save of 2012, tying a single-season school record. Cantalamessa stanched a Centenary rally in the top of the sixth inning to keep the score 6-5; the Jackets added five more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
After falling behind 2-0 after a half-inning, the Jackets responded by scoring five in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of two Centenary errors. Andrew Doerrfeld and Jon Lewis highlighted the inning with RBI singles.
Every player in the starting lineup for the YellowJackets got at least one base hit. Jon Lewis and Jordan Agrabright both knocked two base hits, while Caleb Pritchett went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
The Jackets chased Centenary starter Peyton Stover from the game without recording an out. Stover took the loss for the Gents.
Senior Nate Tomaszewski went 1-for-2 in game two with a run scored. In game one, he went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Tomaszewski finishes his career as the all-team leader in doubles.
The opening game saw Centenary's Nic Parrott pitch 5 2/3 innings and strike out six batters en route the win. LeTourneau's Ryan White pitched six innings to absorb the loss.
Whitehead, whose 3.88 ERA was second on the LeTourneau staff behind Christian Baker, struck out four in the games.
Pritchett went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in game one.
Centenary took advantage of five LeTourneau errors to grab the win.