Gents Can't Hold on in the Ninth
Friday, May 2, 2008

SHREVEPORT -- The junior tandem of Jomar Tabor and Tim Deering drove in four runs on Friday night against North Dakota State, but it wasn’t enough for the Centenary baseball team, as it fell, 5-4, in Summit League action.


The game was scoreless early, but NDSU jumped on top first with a run in the fourth and then Centenary answered back two. Deering had a two-out, two RBI single to right center field to give the Gents a 2-1 lead, which would stick until the seventh.


The Bison tied the game on sacrifice to center, but again Centenary would answer back two more runs. Tabor had his second triple of the year in the seventh, which knocked in Teddy Saenz and Deering to give the Kalamazoo, Mich., native 22 RBIs.


However, in the ninth and going for his third consecutive complete game, Justin Kraft ran into trouble. Kraft allowed the first three batters for NDSU to get base hits and all three would come around to score, giving the Bison the win.  


For the game, Kraft (8-3) went eight plus, scattered nine hits, gave up five runs, three were earned and he also struck out five. The Bison’s starting pitcher, Jake Laber (1-5) went eight, allowed seven hits, four runs, all earned, one walk and fanned four.


The same two teams will meet tomorrow for a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. in Shehee Stadium.