Gents Edged in Series Finale, 9-7
Sunday, May 2, 2010
BROOKINGS, S.D.-The Centenary baseball team again, had a solid offensive day, but wasn't able to secure a win, falling 9-7 to South Dakota State in the series finale on Sunday.

The Gents tied the game in the top of the fifth with three runs at 6-6, though two late runs for the Jackrabbits put them on top for the win. Centenary fell to 22-18 overall and 11-4 in league play.

Junior Keegan Acker led the way offensively with a 2x4 effort, scoring two runs and belting his first home run of the season. Seniors Jeff Ericson (2x3, R, RBI) and Cliff Shepard (2x5, R) each had two knocks, while juniors Scott Pasket (1x4), Alex Todd (1x3, R, RBI), senior Michael Tompkins (1x3, 2 R, RBI) and sophomore David Perez (1x2) each had a hit.

Junior Stephen Tromblee (3.0,2,2,2,2,3) had a solid outing in relief, but suffered the loss, falling to 2-3 on the season. The lefty tossed 3.0 innings, allowed two runs on two hits with three strikeouts.

Starter Justin Kraft (2.2,7,6,6,0,1) fired 2.2 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits but left with a no-decision.

Junior Derek Dalzell (1.1,1,1,1,0,1) pitched a quality 1.1 innings of work, allowing just one run on one hit, while senior Dakota Robinson (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) was again, sharp out of the pen not allowing a hit with one strikeout.

Centenary grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Tompkins opened the frame with a walk. A single up the middle by Ericson moved him to third as Perez's 4-3 groundout plated Tompkins for the first run.

South Dakota State responded with a lead off home run by Jesse Sawyer to tie the game.

Acker would make the most out of his second at-bat with a solo shot to right field for his first home run of the season. The Gents would then plate another run on a sacrifice fly by Ericson, scoring Shepard who reached on a single to center field sending Centenary ahead 3-1.

It was another five-run inning that the Jackrabbits produced to give them a solid 6-3 lead in the third after they connected on six hits.

The Gents picked up momentum in the top of the fifth to even the score at six apiece. After a groundout, Todd was drilled in the back to start the rally. He was driven in on an RBI-double off the right center wall by Tompkins. A walk by Ericson and a Jackrabbit error allowed Ross to score Ericson from third on a sacrifice fly to center field.

Sawyer would then put South Dakota State back up by one with another solo home run, his second of the day.

Acker and Pasket combined for back-to-back singles in the sixth and Todd's fly out to center field plated Acker for a 7-7 score.

South Dakota State would again take the lead in the latter half of the inning after a lead off walk and a sacrifice fly.

Dalzell would enter in relief and retire four consecutive Jackrabbit hitters, holding South Dakota State scoreless in the seventh.

Centenary had a chance with two outs in the eighth when Shepard doubled for the 18th time this season, but a deep fly out to right field by Todd ended the inning down by one.

A home run to left field by South Dakota State's Zach Briggs would give the home team a 9-7 advantage late in the game.

Robinson would relieve Dalzell for a 1-2-3 effort with two ground outs and a strikeout looking.

Though, South Dakota State's Trevor Vermeulen came in and pitched the final three innings to shut down the Gents.

SDSU's Alex Oberle picked up the win and Vermeulen got the save.

Centenary will return home to host Western Illinois beginning Friday at 6:00 pm.