Imperiali's Three-Run Double Leads Gents
Friday, April 18, 2008

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Trailing by one with two-outs, Centenary’s Ricky Imperiali had ice following in his veins, as he doubled to center, knocking in three to give the Gents a, 5-3, victory over Summit League foe Oakland.


Centenary (19-13, 2-7) spotted Oakland a 2-0 lead in the first, but was able to regroup score twice in the second. The Gents scored their two-runs with two-outs in the second, as Garrett DeRooy reached on an infield single and then was brought home on a Jomar Tabor big fly to leftfield.


Having a good afternoon on the mound was Dakota Robinson, who between the second and fifth innings retired 12-of-14 batters. He also gave up just two base hits in the sixth and seventh innings to help keep the game tied at two.


However, in the eighth, Oakland (8-15, 3-3) started to hit Robinson, as he allowed two hits, one walk and a run. Aaron Bronson (2-1) came in and got the final two-outs in the eighth inning, as he got the Golden Grizzlies to strike and ground out.


In the ninth, it looked as though Centenary had run out of chances, as its first two batters were retired quickly. However, Cameron Penney sparked the fire with a single to center, while Ryan Bernsen and Alex Maldonado walked, which set the stage for Imperiali.


Imperiali, who did not have any other hits on the afternoon, nearly missed a grand slam, as his shot hit the middle of the wall. All nine of Centenary’s starting hitters had at least one hit, as the Gents were led by Steele Lewis, who was 3-for-5 and Penney, who was 2-for-4.


Centenary and Oakland will meet again for a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m. eastern time.