Grizzlies Make It Close, But Gents Hang On
Friday, May 15, 2009

SHREVEPORT – A senior Jomar Tabor two-run homer in the fourth inning proved to be the difference for the Centenary baseball team as it hung on for the 6-4 Summit League victory over Oakland on Thursday evening.  


Oakland opened the game with two straight hits, which allowed the Golden Grizzlies to take a 1-0 lead. Centenary, meanwhile, would answer back in the bottom half after Tabor led-off with a triple and was then knocked home by classmate Ricky Imperiali on an RBI groundout.


The Gents would take the lead for good in the fourth on a double steal, as senior Tim Deering came home and freshman Jeff Schaffert swiped second. Tabor would take care of the rest when he belted his first home run of the season over the right field fence.


Centenary would tack on two more runs off of RBI base hits by freshman Morgan Brian and junior Jeff Ericson.


The Grizzlies would make things interesting in the top of the ninth when Dan Ryan and Rob Merkle combined to knock in three runs. With the game getting close sophomore Justin Kraft got the final three outs to collect his second save of the season.


The four game series will continue on Friday afternoon with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.