Gents Can't Get Enough Offense
Saturday, May 16, 2009

SHREVEPORT – Junior Michael Tompkins belted his team leading eighth home run of the season, but six Oakland runs in the first three innings, pushed the Golden Grizzlies past the Centenary baseball team on Saturday afternoon, 11-7.

After falling behind 6-2, the Gents (32-16, 16-10) charged back in the third when junior Travis Leversen drove in a pair of runs with a double to left field. Oakland (22-34, 10-18), meanwhile, would pull ahead by four again, but again Centenary would come roaring back.

In the seventh, senior Ricky Imperiali, who was playing in his last game at Shehee Stadium, cleared the bases with a double to the left field gap. Imperiali’s double got the Gents within one, but Oakland put the game away with three runs in the final two innings.

Sophomore Stephen Tromblee (5-3) took the loss, as he allowed eight runs on seven hits, while Justin Kraft went a solid three innings and gave up just three hits. For Oakland, Kyle Teague got the win after he went 6.2 innings.

Centenary will begin the postseason on Thursday as the fourth seed in The Summit League Championship. This will be the third straight year the Gents will play top seeded Oral Roberts in the first game.