Gents Suffer Late-Inning Losses on Saturday to SDSU
Saturday, April 16, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team grabbed the early lead in both games of Saturday's double-header, but would eventually suffer two losses to Summit League foe, South Dakota State. The Gents fell in Game 1, 4-1, and Game 2, 4-3 at Shehee Stadium.

The Gents (3-20, 0-7 Summit) struggled to hang on to their leads, allowing the Jackrabbits (19-10, 6-1) to earn the series win with one game to play on Sunday.

Game 1: SDSU 4, Centenary 1

Facing South Dakota State's ace, Blake Treinen in Game 1, Centenary held its own as Centenary starter Seth Lugo dominated Jackrabbit hitters through the first six innings. 

Centenary tallied four hits as junior Jeff Schaffert (1x3, RBI), sophomore Matt Creamer (1x4, R), junior Kyle Morton (1x4) and freshman Tyler Neporadny (1x3) each recorded a hit.

The Gents grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Creamer reached on a bunt single, stole second and scored on an RBI-double down the left field line off the bat of Schaffert.

South Dakota State didn't make any offensive noise until the top of the seventh when they strung together five hits with two outs to take a 3-1 lead heading into the latter half of the frame.

Lugo (6.2,9,3,3,1,7) fanned seven in 6.2 innings of work. The junior allowed three runs on nine hits, but would suffer the loss and fall to 2-5, despite producing a solid starting effort.

Senior Derek Dalzell (0.1,2,0,0,0,1) took over for Lugo in the seventh and allowed just two hits, while striking out one.

Centenary was held hitless in the final 5.0 innings as only two players reached base on two SDSU errors. The Jackrabbits would add an insurance run in the top of the ninth off of freshman Ryan Maldonado (2.0,3,1,1,0,1) who relieved Dalzell in the eighth.

Game 2: SDSU 4, Centenary 3

Centenary had 3-0 lead through 3.0 innings, before South Dakota State made its offensive comeback for the third straight game.

The Gents tallied four hits as freshman Mark Gillean (1x3, RBI) tripled and drove in a run, while freshmen RJ Talamantes (1x3, R) and Derrick Hernandez (1x3, R) along with Schaffert (1x3) each had a knock.

Dalzell (7.0,7,4,2,1,2) tossed a complete game, pitching 7.0 solid innings of work. The righty allowed two earned runs on seven scattered hits and one walk with two strikeouts, but took the loss, falling to 0-3 on the year.

Morton collected an RBI on a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Talamantes, who singled to shortstop and advanced to third on two Jackrabbit errors.

Centenary would add to its lead with two runs in the second on two hits, including a sacrifice fly by freshman Laetten Galbraith and an RBI-triple by Gillean, plating junior Dan Lazarou, who had an impressive 3-2 battle to draw a walk and extend the inning.

The Jackrabbits began to chip away at the Gents' lead in the top of the fourth with a run after a leadoff triple occurred. SDSU added one run in the fifth and two in the sixth after the Gents' defense began to get a little shaky.

Centenary wasn't able to recover after the Jackrabbits grabbed the late 4-3 lead in the seven inning game.

SDSU's Alex Oberle (5.1,4,3,3,1,1) earned the win, tossing 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Closer Trevor Vermeulen (1.2,0,0,0,0,3) struck out three for the save.

Centenary and SDSU will wrap up the four-game set on Sunday at 11 am CT. Live stats are available on www.GoCentenary.com.