Solid Effort Falls Short in 8-4 Loss in Final Game at Hawaii
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
HONOLULU, Hawai'i-Playing in its final game of the four-game set against the University of Hawai'i, the Centenary baseball team came out with a much improved offensive game, connecting on 11 hits, despite dropping the contest, 8-4 on Monday evening.

The Gents (3-10) used a strong pitching start by senior Derek Dalzell and another impressive relief performance by freshman Ryan Maldonado to accompany a solid hitting night by Centenary, despite taking the loss in the final game of the series.

Dalzell (4.2,5,4,4,2,3) made his first career collegiate start in four years and didn't disappoint, tossing 4.2 innings of work. The righty allowed four runs on five scattered hits and four walks, while fanning three, while leaving with the no decision.

At the plate, Centenary used several multi-hit performances to hang with Hawai'i (12-9) for the first time all series. The Gents pounded out four doubles on the evening off the bats of juniors Kyle Morton, Dan Lazarou, sophomore Kyle Mauch and freshman RJ Talamantes.

Morton (2x4, 2B) continued his hit streak to five games with his third two-knock game of the series. Junior Seth Lugo (2x4), Talamantes (2x5, 2B, R), and Creamer (2x2, R, RBI) also produced a multi-hit game for the Gents.

Freshman Pete Rajkovich (1x2, R) singled, while Lazarou (1x2, 2B, RBI) and Mauch (1x2, 2B) each doubled.

Hawai'i scored first with a run in the second inning after a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles. However, Centenary responded quickly with a run of its own to even the score in the third.

With one out, Rajkovich singled to left field to get things rolling for the Gents. Talamantes followed with a base hit through the left side on a hit and run, moving Rajkovich to third. Creamer stepped up with a bunt single to plate Rajkovich for the first run of the game.

Dalzell continued his strong start, holding the Rainbows scoreless through the third and fourth, forcing three fly outs to Lugo in right field and throwing just 16 pitches through the two frames.

Centenary would grab its first lead of the four-game series in the top of the fifth with two runs. The Gents got a two-out rally started when Talamantes doubled down the right field line. Creamer's infield single, his second of the night, continued the rally, while a failed pickoff attempt scored Talamantes. Morton kept things alive with his second knock of the game before Creamer was plated on a wild pitch to go up 3-1.

Hawai'i wouldn't back down as it recovered its early lead with three runs in the latter half of the fifth. Despite Dalzell's impressive start, the Rainbows connected on three hits for three runs and took advantage of a leadoff hit-by-pitch.

It was the effort of the bench that got Centenary back into the game in the top of the sixth when Mauch continued his stellar pinch hitting with a double to right center. He was followed with a double down the right field line by Lazarou, all of which came with two outs.

Thompson took over for Dalzell on the bump and pitched to one batter in the fifth and returned in the sixth, but gave up three runs on two hits, including a two-run home run, allowing Hawai'i to regain the lead, 7-4.

Coming in relief for his second appearance of the series was freshman Ryan Maldonado, who continued to shine in the relief role. The righty held Hawai'i without a run after allowing a leadoff double in the seventh. He forced a groundout and fanned two Rainbow hitters to keep the Gents within three.

Maldonado (2.1,2,1,1,2,2) continued in the eighth, but Hawai'i would sneak across one final run to go up 8-4 on a two-out double.

Thompson (1.0,2,3,3,1,0) took the loss after pitching 1.0 inning. The righty allowed three runs on two hits and one walk and fell to 0-5 on the season.

Alex Capaul (2.1,0,0,0,0,4) earned the win in relief for Hawai'i.

Centenary will return back to Shreveport and take the week off before heading to Edinburg, Texas to take on UT-Pan American in a three game set beginning April 1-2.