Gents and Jacks Split Doubleheader
Saturday, April 4, 2009

SHREVEPORT – On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon the Centenary and South Dakota State baseball teams split a Summit League doubleheader. The Jackrabbits came out on top in game one 9-6, while the Gents took the nightcap 16-5.


Game one


After a three-run fifth inning Centenary (19-5, 2-1) was in control of the game with a 5-3 lead, but SDSU (5-16, 1-2) came back with a six spot in the sixth. The Gents in that inning allowed five hits, but senior Chris LaLonde was able to get out of a two-out bases loaded jam to stop the bleeding.


At the plate senior Ricky Imperiali was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, as he knocked in his runs in the fifth. Junior Travis Leversen added his RBI later in that inning on a ground out to second, which scored Imperiali.


Game two


After falling down 1-0 after the top of the first, Centenary answered back with eight runs in the bottom half. Leversen and freshman Morgan Brian each hit a two-run homer, while senior Tim Deering cleared the bases on a triple.


The Gents went scoreless in the second and third, but their offense went back into high gear with a combined eight runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Junior Cliff Shepard knocked in two of his three RBIs in the fifth on a single to right.


On the mound, junior Dakota Robinson (4-2) went six innings, gave-up five runs on 11 hits, walked one and struck out nine. After a 4-for-5 afternoon at the plate, junior Michael Tompkins pitched the final inning and scattered just two bases hits.


Centenary and SDSU will close out the first conference series of the season on Sunday afternoon beginning at 12 p.m.