Gents Fall 5-4 in 11 Innings at UTPA
Saturday, April 2, 2011
EDINBURG, Texas-Despite a three-run, first inning home run by junior Jeff Schaffert, the Centenary baseball team fell 5-4 in 11 innings to UT-Pan American on Friday evening in non-conference action.

The Gents (3-11) out hit the Broncos 10 to 8, but would fall victim to three defensive errors, which proved costly down the stretch.

Three Centenary hitters recorded multi-hit games, led by Schaffert's 2-for-4 effort with one run scored and three RBI. The home run was the first of the season for the catcher.

Also showing well at the plate was freshman Derrick Hernandez with a team-best three knocks in a 3-for-4 performance with a run scored in just his second start of the year. Freshman Pete Rajkovich also picked up two hits in a 2-for-4 night.

Junior Seth Lugo (1x5), senior Derek Dalzell (1x1), and freshman Mark Gillean (1x1) also had a hit.

A game that saw little offensive productivity in the final frames also saw 17 Centenary players reach the field, including four pitchers.

Freshman RJ Talamantes opened the game with a lead off walk and was sacrificed to second by sophomore Matt Creamer. A Bronco error followed, placing junior Kyle Morton on first. Schaffert belted a three-run blast down the left field line to put Centenary up 3-0 in the first inning.

Centenary freshman Ryan Maldonado (0.2,2,2,2,1,1) got his first start of his collegiate career, but was limited to 0.2 innings of work after allowing two runs on two hits and a walk with one strikeout.

UT-Pan American would trim the Gents' lead to one at 3-2 and would then add one run in the second to tie the game at 3-3.

Freshman Marc Martinez (3.1,1,1,0,2,2) relieved Maldonado in the first and would continue to toss 3.1 innings out of the pen for the Gents. The righty allowed just one run on two walks and a hit with two strikeouts for a solid relief performance.

Both teams held one another scoreless through the next four innings before Centenary would break the 3-3 stalemate open in the seventh with a run. Hernandez led off with a single to center field. With one out, Rajkovich singled to left, placing runners at first and second. Hernandez used his legs to steal third, setting up for a perfect sacrifice bunt by Talamantes to plate Hernandez for the lead.

Freshman Nic Parrott (2.1,2,1,1,0,0) had relieved Martinez in the bottom of the fifth and pitched 2.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits. The run was given up in the latter half of the seventh after a lead off single.

With one out and a runner on second in the seventh, sophomore Kelby Langston (4.0,3,1,0,2,1) entered from the pen, but a walk and a single through the left side would again, tie the game at 4-4.

Langston, who entered the game with a team-best 0.00 ERA in five appearances, pitched his longest outing of the season, tossing the final 4.0 innings. The righty allowed one unearned run on three hits and two walks with one strikeout for the loss, his first of his Centenary career.

It took 11 innings to determine a winner, but UT-Pan American was the team who managed to sneak one run across after a lead off double, a walk and a Gent error.

Centenary had several chances late in the game to push a run across, but ran into several unlucky situations in the latter frames, including an obstruction and interference call after two singles in the top of the 11th.

The Gents will wrap up the three-game set on Saturday at Noon with UT-Pan American.