Gents Produce Better Second Game; Swept on Saturday at ORU
Sunday, April 10, 2011
TULSA, Okla.-The Centenary baseball team found it tough to plate runs against a competitive Oral Roberts' pitching staff as it dropped its Saturday double-header, 7-1 in Game 1 and 2-0 in Game 2.

The Gents (3-16, 0-3 Summit) rebounded to produced a much better Game 2 offensively, but the Golden Eagles (14-11, 3-0 Summit) continued its consistent hitting to take the double-header sweep.

Game 1: ORU 7, Centenary 1

Centenary was held to just two hits in Game 1, as ORU put up 14 of its own. Junior Jeff Schaffert (1x3) and freshman Mark Gillean (1x4) each singled for the Gents.

Freshman Laetten Galbraith (3.2,8,6,6,2,2) got the start and tossed 3.2 innings of work, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts for the loss. Galbraith fell to 0-3 on the season.

Sophomore Kelby Langston (1.1,2,0,0,2,0) tossed 1.1 innings out of the pen, allowing just two hits and two walks, but no runs, while freshman Sam Martin (3.0,4,1,1,0,0) pitched the final 3.0 innings, giving up one run on four hits.

ORU plated runs in the first and second innings on five hits, before Centenary scratched across its only run of the game in the top of the third inning. With one out, freshman RJ Talamantes walked, stole second and advanced to third on an error and would late score on a groundout by sophomore Matt Creamer.

Down 2-1 in the early going, ORU used a four-run fourth to force this game out of reach for the Gents. The four runs by the Golden Eagles was due in large part to three hits, including a three run double down the right field line.

Centenary wasn't able to recover from the inning, while being held to just one hit over the next five innings.

Game 2: ORU 2, Centenary 0

Centenary out hit the Golden Eagles, 6-5 in Game 2, but timely hitting by ORU gave them the win.

Senior Derek Dalzell (6.0,5,2,2,4,1) gave Centenary a chance to win, tossing all 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks with one strikeout. Unfortunately, the two runs both came from a walk and double as Dalzell fell to 0-2 on the year.

Six different Gents connected on a hit in the second game as freshmen RJ Talamantes (1x3), Mark Gillean (1x3), JoAnthony Cantu (1x2) and Tyler Neporadny (1x2), along with sophomore Matt Creamer (1x2), and junior Jeff Schaffert (1x3) contributed with a base knock. Neporadny's single through the right side in the second inning marked his first collegiate hit.

ORU scored a run in the third and a run in the fourth on a walk and a double.

Centenary will look to bounce back on Sunday in the final game of the four-game series. First pitch is set for 1 pm in Tulsa, Okla. Live stats are available at