Gents Can't Answer UTPA Bats; Swept in Series
Sunday, April 3, 2011
EDINBURG, Texas-The Centenary baseball team faced an offensively sound UT-Pan American squad that connected on 31 hits in Saturday's double-header, as the Gents fell 11-0 in Game 1 and 10-3 in Game 2.

With the two losses on the afternoon, the Gents fell to 3-13 on the season.

Game 1: UT-Pan American 11, Centenary 0

The 11-0 shutout win for UT-Pan American in Game 1 was just the second time this season the Gents were held scoreless. One big inning, again, lifted the Broncos to a convincing win as they rallied for a seven-run fourth inning.

Centenary was held to six hits as freshman Derrick Hernandez paced the team with a 2-for-4 effort. Sophomore Matt Creamer (1x4), junior Dan Lazarou (1x2), and freshmen Marc Martinez (1x1) and Mark Gillean (1x2) each had a base hit.

Junior Seth Lugo (3.2,6,8,7,2,2) suffered the loss and fell to 2-3 on the season. The right-hander tossed the first 3.2 innings, allowing seven earned runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Sophomore Cole Thompson (4.1,8,3,3,1,1) tossed the final 4.1 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout.

It was a scoreless game until UT-Pan American broke the game open in the third with two runs. It then produced the seven-run third and later added two insurance runs in the eighth for the win.

Centenary struggled to find an offensive momentum, despite only recording two strikeouts as a team.

Game 2: UT-Pan American 10, Centenary 3

A slow start offensively for Centenary allowed UT-Pan American to gain a 4-0 advantage before the Gents were able to answer with their bats. Centenary was held hitless until the top of the fifth when Hernandez singled to left center with one out.

That single propelled the Gents to three runs. With two outs in the frame, Gillean reached on an infield single, moving Hernandez to third after a stolen base. Martinez followed with a hit-by-pitch to load the bases, allowing Lazarou to plate Hernandez and Gillean on an UT-Pan American infield miscue. Talamantes would plate the third run on a single to left field, narrowing the score to 4-3.

However, that was all Centenary was able to push across despite a triple by junior Kyle Morton to lead off the sixth and two hits in the seventh. Both innings, ironically, consisted of double plays for the Broncos, escaping any Centenary threat.

Gillean led the Gents at the plate, hitting 2-for-3 with a run scored. Morton (1x4) tripled, freshman RJ Talamantes (1x4, RBI), junior Jeff Schaffert (1x4), Hernandez (1x4, R), and Martinez (1x2, R) each added a hit, while Lazarou (0x2, 2 RBI) drove in two runs.

Senior Derek Dalzell (6.0,12,5,5,3,2) took the loss and fell to 0-1 on the season in just his second collegiate start after throwing 6.0 innings, allowing five runs on 12 hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

Also seeing action out of the pen were freshman Nic Parrott (0.0,1,1,1,0,0) allowing one run on one hit, junior Zachary Christ (0.1,2,2,2,0,0) allowing two runs on two hits in 0.1 innings, freshman Laetten Galbraith (0.2,2,2,0,0,0) allowing two unearned runs on two hits in 0.2 innings and freshman Sam Martin (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) tossing 1.0 complete inning with one strikeout and no hits.

Centenary wraps up its non-conference portion of the 2011 schedule as it opens with defending Summit League champion, Oral Roberts, in Tulsa on Friday. Game times are set for 6:30 pm on Friday, 2 pm double-header start on Saturday and 1 pm start on Sunday. Live stats will be available on www.orugoldeneagles.com.