Rain and Cold Temps Doesn't Hamper Gents
Sunday, May 3, 2009

FARGO, N.D. – It took six extra innings, but the Centenary baseball team was able to get the doubleheader sweep of North Dakota State on Saturday evening. The Gents had no problems defeating the Bison 10-3 in the first game and were winners in the nightcap 6-5 in 13.

Game one

Junior Cliff Shepard knocked in four runs for Centenary in the early game, which includes hitting his sixth home run of the season. From the plate Shepard was 3-for-5 and he also scored two times.

With a depleted pitching staff, Gents sophomore Stephen Tromblee pitched his second consecutive complete game. It was also Centenary’s second complete game in as many days, as sophomore Justin Kraft pitched his on Friday night.

Game two

Down 3-0 heading into the sixth inning, junior Tell Ross had the late game heroics when he blasted a game-tying three-run homer.  Ross’ long ball came with two down in the inning and on a 1-2 count.

However, during the next four innings neither squad could produce any offense until senior Ricky Imperiali RBI double in the 11th. In the bottom half of the same inning problems arose for Centenary, when a routine fly ball was dropped, which allowed Ben Bruggeman to advance to third. It then put Kenny Beese up to bat and he then hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at four.

Shepard was the big hero in the second game, as he hit a two-run double in the 13th to push Centenary to a victory. Shepard’s double came with bases loaded and two down, as he knocked in juniors Jeff Ericson and Travis Leversen.

Sophomore Derek Dalzell picked up the win after pitching five innings of relief, while Jeff Kyllo took the loss.

The same two teams will meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. to close conference series with live stats and video available on www.GoBison.com