Late Lead Disappears in 9-6 Fall to SDSU
Saturday, April 16, 2011
SHREVEPORT-It is a matter of time when the Centenary baseball team is able to secure a win late in the game, but it two home runs by South Dakota State that gave them the 9-6 victory in Game 1 of the four-game Summit League set on Friday evening at Shehee Stadium.

The Gents fell to 3-18 on the season and 0-5 in league play with the loss, despite having the lead in the first and seventh innings.

Centenary connected on 10 hits, led by freshman RJ Talamantes with a 3-for-5 effort with a run scored and an RBI. Freshman Mark Gillean was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI and has now hit safely in nine consecutive contests.

Freshman Laetten Galbraith (1x3, R, RBI) and junior Kyle Morton (1x4, RBI) each had a knock and plated a run, while sophomore Matt Creamer (1x3, R) and freshman Tyler Neporadny (1x4, R) contributed with a base knock and a run scored.

Centenary jumped all over SDSU in the bottom of the first inning when Gillean, Creamer and Talamantes all had back-to-back singles. Morton would plate a run on a ground out and Creamer would score on a Jackrabbit throwing error.

SDSU scratched two runs across in the second and third innings off of freshman starter Nic Parrott (2.2,4,2,2,2,2). The lefty tossed the first 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Parrott was relieved by sophomore Kelby Langston (5.0,7,5,5,1,1) in the third inning. The right-hander held the Jacks scoreless, however, the Centenary bats also became silent over the next several innings as SDSU's pitching staff retired the Gents in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

With a 3-2 lead heading in the third, SDSU hitter Aaron Machbitz drilled a liner down the right field line that first basemen Morton dove to keep in the infield, saving the tying run from crossing the plate.

SDSU used its bench players to spark the late comeback as Zach Rhodes belted a two-run shot to right field to take the lead in the sixth.

Down 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Talamantes doubled to left field with one out. After a stolen base, junior Jeff Schaffert's RBI-sacrifice fly to right field tied the game back up at 4-4.

Centenary was able to escape the seventh without allowing a run. Galbraith's double down the left field line in the seventh, plated Neporadny, who reached on a single up the middle to spark a rally. Gillean would then single to right field, scoring Galbraith, making it a 6-4 lead for the Gents.

SDSU pinch hitter Dan Telford gave the Jacks a boost off the bench with a two-run blast to right field, tying the game at 6-6 in the eighth. The Jacks used five hits to score four runs to seal the win.

Junior Zach Christ (0.0,1,1,1,1,0) allowed one run on one hit and one walk after relieving Langston. Sophomore Cole Thompson (1.1,3,1,1,0,1) pitched the final 1.1 innings, giving up one run on  three hits with one strikeout.

Marcus Heemstra (0.1,3,0,0,0,0) earned the win out of the pen for SDSU, while Trevor Vermeulen picked up his third save of the year.

Centenary will continue the four-game series on Saturday with a double-header slated to begin at 1 pm. Live stats will be available at www.GoCentenary.com