Gents Struggle in Omaha
Saturday, April 5, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. – Juniors Ricky Imperiali and Jomar Tabor each drove in two runs on Saturday, but it was not enough for the Centenary baseball team, as it fell to South Dakota State in Summit League action, 13-6, and, 8-1, at the Creighton University Sports Complex.


Game one


Things started positive for the Gents (16-9, 0-3), as they scored a run in the first inning, but in the bottom half SDSU came back to score three times. However, fortunes would change for Centenary, as it scored four times in the fourth to take a 5-3.


Senior Alex Maldonado got the fourth inning started with a single down the right field line and he later scored when Tabor knock him and classmate Teddy Saenz in. Imperiali also collected his two RBIs in the same inning, as he plated Tabor and junior Jared Dysart on a double to the right field gap.


Like the first inning, the Jackrabbits (10-16, 3-0) answered with four runs of their own in the fourth to take a lead they never would relinquish. SDSU also scored runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.


Freshman Justin Kraft (6-1) got the start for Centenary and pitched 4.1 innings, allowing eight hits, eight runs all earned, but did strike out six. Kraft’s counterpart, Caleb Thielbar (3-2) went six innings, allowing five earned runs and 11 hits, along with two walks and four strike outs.


Game two


In the night cap, senior Jeremy Sheehan (3-2) had the tough luck, as he threw a complete game six hitter. The defense though didn’t support the Bonner Springs, Kan., native, as they had three errors and only two of Sheehan’s eight runs allowed were earned.


The Gents one run came in the seventh inning, as junior Ryan Bernsen singled up the middle to score Imperiali. Collecting hits for Centenary was Tabor, Imperiali, Bersen and Maldonado, who were all 1-for-3.


The series finale will take place Sunday at noon and Centenary will return home on Wednesday to play Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m.