Grambling Takes Game 1, 7-3, Over Gents
Saturday, March 12, 2011

GRAMBLING, La.-The Centenary baseball team struggled to gain offensive momentum as Grambling earned a 7-3 win over the Gents on Friday evening in non-conference action.

Despite racking up eight hits, the Gents (2-5) managed to hit only singles and strand seven runners on base.

Of the eight knocks on the evening, junior Jeff Schaffert (2x4, RBI) and sophomore Matt Creamer (2x3, R) each tallied two. Freshmen RJ Talamantes (1x4, 2 R), Pete Rajkovich (1x4) and Marc Martinez (1x3) each had a hit, while junior Kyle Morton (1x3, RBI) also contributed with a hit and an RBI.

Schaffert's two hits continued his hit streak to a season-best seven games.

Centenary grabbed the early lead at 1-0 when Talamantes was hit-by-a-pitch to open the contest. He was moved second and third on a wild pitch and a fly ball off the bat of junior Seth Lugo. Schaffert's groundout to shortstop plated Talamantes for the first run of the game.

Grambling would even the score at 1-1 on a solo shot to left field in the bottom of the first. The Tigers would continue to build on their early momentum, plating a run in the second and one in the third.

Up 3-1, Grambling managed to challenge the Gents defensively, scoring three more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single up the middle and a Centenary fielding error to gain a 6-1 lead.

Schaffert and Talamantes bailed the Gents out in the seventh on an inning-ending double play to gun the runners attempting to advance to second and home.

Centenary's best offensive frame came in the eighth when Creamer and Talamantes opened with back-to-back singles. With one out, Schaffert singled to load the bases, allowing Morton to pick up an RBI on a walk. Talamantes would come around to score on a wild pitch to narrow the score to 6-3.

Grambling's staff would get the two final Gent hitters to chase as Centenary stranded two late in the game. The Tigers would add an insurance run in the latter half of the eighth when a triple to right center opened the frame. The lead off hitter was later plated on a sacrifice fly to send Grambling up 7-3.

Sophomore starter Cole Thompson (5.2,4,6,2,3,4) suffered the loss after allowing two earned runs on four hits in 5.2 innings of work. The righty struck out four and walked three.

Freshman Sam Martin (2.1,4,1,1,0,0) pitched the final 2.1 innings in relief, surrendering four scattered hits, while giving up one run.

Centenary will continue the three-game set on Saturday with a double-header beginning at 1 pm. Both games are scheduled for seven innings. Live stats will be available at www.GoCentenary.com.