Tough Luck Continues for Gents
Sunday, April 6, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. – It was another tough day for the Centenary baseball team, as South Dakota State completed the four-game sweep with a, 7-1, victory on Sunday at the Creighton University Sports Complex.


The Gents (16-10, 0-4) were led by junior Ricky Imperiali, who went 2-for-4, while classmate Steele Lewis picked-up the lone Centenary RBI on a ground out to first base. Fellow juniors, Jomar Tabor and Ryan Bernsen had the other hits for the Gents, as they each went 1-for-4.


The Jackrabbits (11-16, 4-0), meanwhile, opened up their offense with a run in the first and put the game away with a five spot in the third inning. Individually for SDSU, Craig Parry was 1-for-4 with a team-high two RBIs, while Billy Stitz was 2-for-4 with two runs and one knocked in.


Centenary starting pitcher Johnny Noland (2-3) had a rough day on the mound, as he went two innings, scattering three hits, giving up five earned runs and walking six. The bullpen combination of juniors Chris LaLonde and Joe Hagen went six innings, allowed three hits, two runs, one earned, two walks and struck out five.


Noland’s counterpart, Isaac Johnson didn’t qualify for the win, as he went 3.2 innings, allowing just one base hit, no runs, but did walk five. Relievers Matt Baerlocher (1-1) and Zach Weber finished the game, as they combined to pitch 5.1 innings, with three hits, one run, one walk and fanned six.


The next action for Centenary will be on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., as it begins a five-game homestand with Northwestern State and Oral Roberts.