Defense Shaky in Road Loss at No. 14 Texas A&M
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas-Facing the No. 14-ranked Texas A&M Aggies on the road, the Centenary baseball team was challenged defensively as it fell 21-3 on Tuesday evening in non-conference action.

The Gents (2-4) were never able to answer to the hot-hitting Aggies and fell victim to poor defense, as they committed a team-high seven errors on the game.

Centenary tallied five hits on the evening, led by an RBI-double off the bat of junior Zachary Christ (1x3, R, RBI). Juniors Kyle Morton (1x4), Jeff Schaffert (1x4) and Seth Lugo (1x3, R) and freshman RJ Talamantes (1x4) each added a hit.  

Sophomore starter Cole Thompson (0-2) (1.0, 2,1,1,1,0) unfortunately would suffer the loss, after tossing just 1.0 inning. The righty allowed one run on two hits.

Talamantes opened the game with a sharp single up the middle, but the Aggies would escape the top of the first without surrendering a run. Despite allowing Texas A&M to score a run in the first, Thompson looked sharp in just his third appearance of the year.

Freshman Laetten Galbraith tossed a solid third inning of relief, holding the Aggies to a single hit and was called back for another inning.

Centenary had a chance to make some noise in the upper half of the fourth when freshman Mark Gillean was put on first after being hit-by-a-pitch. He stole second and was moved to third on a sinking liner to center by Morton. The Aggies, however, were able to again escape, as the Gents stranded two on the corners.

Texas A&M would produced its best offensive frame of the night with a five-run fourth after tallying six hits.

Galbraith relieved freshman Marc Martinez (1.0,1,2,2,2,1,0) who was relieved by freshman Sam Martin (2.0,5,3,3,0,2).

Martin, in just his second collegiate appearance held the Aggie offensive at bay, allowing just three runs on five hits in two solid innings in relief.

Down 16-0, Centenary would create some offensive momentum by plating three runs in the top of the seventh.

Lugo led off the frame with a single up the middle and was moved to second on a wild pitch. After a fielder's choice by junior Dan Lazarou, Christ belted a double off the left center wall to put Centenary on board, plating Lugo. Lazarou would later score on a wild pitch and Christ would find home plate with off an RBI-sacrifice fly by freshman Pete Rajkovich.

Also seeing action on the mound, out of the pen was freshmen Ryan Maldonado (1.0,2,4,1,0,1), Trey Lavespere (1.0,4,3,3,0,0), and sophomore Kelby Langston (1.0,2,2,0,0,1).

Texas A&M starter Ross Stripling picked up the win and improved to 2-0 on the year. He tossed 5.0 innings, surrendered just two hits and fanned seven Centenary hitters.

Centenary will return to action with a three-game set at Grambling, beginning Saturday at Noon.