Gents and Jackrabbits Go Extra Innings
Friday, April 4, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. – The Centenary baseball team was clinging on to a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, but South Dakota State was able to score twice to force extra innings. However, the Gents were not able to score again, as they fell to the Jackrabbits, 6-5, in 11 innings on Friday afternoon at the Creighton University Baseball Complex.

SDSU (8-16, 1-0) was able to grab a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first, as the conference’s leader in home runs; Tyson Fisher (6) parked an 0-2 pitch from Centenary sophomore Dakota Robinson.

The Gents (16-7, 0-1), meanwhile, were able to strike back in fourth, when senior Teddy Saenz plated two, on a two-run double to the gap. In the eighth, Centenary scored twice on three errors by the Jackrabbits, but the lead wouldn’t stand.

In the ninth, Jesse Ayala drove in the tying run off of the Gents freshman closer Boone Whiting. In the 11th SDSU scored the winning run on a Tim Hanigan double down the left field line off of senior Aaron Bronson (1-1).

Junior Steele Lewis and senior Cameron Penney each collected two hits to led the Centenary offense. Penney also moved his hitting streak to 10 games, which ties the Gents longest of the season with junior Ricky Imperiali.

The same two team will meet tomorrow for a doubleheader starting at 12:05 p.m. at Creighton University.