Gents Held in Check by Hawaii in Game 2 Loss
Sunday, March 20, 2011
HONOLULU, Hawai'i-For the second straight night, the Centenary baseball team wasn't able to gain offensive momentum from the start as it fell 7-1 in Game 2 of the four-game set on Saturday evening at Les Murakami Stadium.

The Gents (3-8) finished with five hits, three of which came late in the game as Hawai'i posted its second multi-hit game of the series with 11 hits.

Five Gents each tallied a hit as juniors Seth Lugo (1x3) and Kyle Morton (1x4), freshman RJ Talamantes (1x4), and sophomores Kyle Mauch (1x1) and Matt Creamer (1x3) recorded a knock.

Despite being held to one hit through the first five innings, the Gents managed to hang with the Rainbows as Hawai'i held onto a miniscule 2-0 lead through the fourth.

Centenary showcased several defensive gems for the second night in a row to escape a few offensive threats by the home team. With bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the third frame, Lugo got Hawai'i's seventh-hole hitter to punch out on strikes to close out the frame.

The Rainbows threatened in the latter half of the fourth frame, scoring their second run of the game on back-to-back hits. The Gents escaped the inning with one less run crossing home when Morton, who is playing his first game this season in the outfield, gunned the runner trying to take third for the second out, which was followed by a foul out to first base by Lugo.

Hawai'i's starting pitcher Jarrett Arakama held Centenary's bats in check for most of the contest, working five innings of 123 ball. He received help from his offense in the fifth as they teamed up to plate four runs on two hits and two Centenary errors.

Sophomore Kelby Langston (1.2,2,0,0,3,1) relieved Lugo in the fifth and tossed a scoreless sixth, but was replaced by starting centerfielder freshman Nic Parrott (2.0,1,1,1,1,1). Parrott came in with no outs and shut Hawai'i down, stranding runners at the corners.

Centenary received some offensive momentum in the top of the eighth inning when Parrott opened the frame with a walk. Mauch stepped in off the bench and singled to right field to put runners at first and second for Creamer, who followed with a single to the right side.

With bases loaded, Hawai'i got a strikeout, but Talamantes' groundout to first base would plate Parrott for the Gents' first run. However, an inning-ending groundout would hold Centenary to just one run.

A solid effort by Parrott on the mound would result in one run allowed after a hit-by-pitch, a walk and an RBI-single.

With two outs in the top of the ninth, Morton singled to the left side, but the Rainbows' closer would force another groundout to end the game.

Lugo (4.1,8,6,5,5,3) got the start, but would suffer the loss and fall to 2-2 on the season. The righty allowed five earned runs on eight hits and five walks in 4.1 innings of work with three strikeouts.

Arakama (8.0,4,1,1,1,6) picked up the win for Hawai'i, tossing 8.0 solid innings. The lefty allowed one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts.

Centenary will continue the four-game set on Sunday with an early afternoon contest. Game time is set for 6:05 pm CT. Fans can follow all game action on www.hawaiiathletics.com.