Gents Rally from Behind; Fall Late in Hit Fest to SDSU
Sunday, April 17, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team had a season-best 16 hits and rallied midway through the game to take the lead, but would again, suffer its fourth straight late-inning loss, falling 13-10 to Summit League foe, South Dakota State in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Shehee Stadium.

The Gents (3-21, 0-8 Summit) recorded its second straight game with 10 runs scored, a season-best, but the Jackrabbits (20-10, 7-1) would power past Centenary in the eighth to break up a 10-10 tie for the win.

Despite suffering the loss, Centenary showed improvement on the offensive end as four players recorded multi-hit games and every Gent who tallied an at-bat notched a hit.

Junior Jeff Schaffert (3x5, 2 R, RBI) continued to show well at the plate as he belted his second home run and fifth double of the season, while driving in one and driving in one.

Freshman Tyler Neporadny was 3-for-5 with two doubles, one run scored and an RBI, while freshman Pete Rajkovich was 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Freshman RJ Talamantes (2x5, 2 R, RBI) had two hits, while junior Kyle Morton (1x3, 3 R, 2 RBI) drove in two on a two-run home run in the first, his fourth of the season, a team-high. Sophomore Matt Creamer (1x5, 2 RBI) doubled and drove in two, while freshmen Mark Gillean (1x4), Derrick Hernandez (1x4, R, RBI) and junior Dan Lazarou (1x4, RBI) had a hit and an RBI.

Centenary freshman starter Marc Martinez (0.1,3,4,3,1,0) was relieved early after allowing three earned runs on three hits in 0.1 innings of work in his first start of his collegiate career.

Freshman Nic Parrott (4.1,4,2,1,2,2) pitched 4.1 innings of out the pen, allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts for a solid outing in relief.

Centenary saw itself down 4-0 after SDSU connected on three hits and took advantage of an error in the first inning. The Gents would respond with two of their own when Morton blasted a two-run shot over the right field center wall, scoring himself and Talamantes, who reached on a single down the left field line to make it a 4-2 game early.

A run in the third by Centenary on a solo home run by Schaffert narrowed the deficit to one run. SDSU challenged the Gents in the fourth with two runs on two hits and another error.

Centenary began chipping away at the Jackrabbits' lead in the middle innings, beginning with a run in the fourth on an RBI-single by Lazarou, scoring Neporadny who got things going with a double to left center.

The Gents strongest offensive innings came in the fifth and sixth with three runs in each frame. Creamer doubled to plate two, which tied the game at 6-6. Neporadny then recorded an RBI-groundout to take the lead in the fifth.

Rajkovich opened the sixth with a double to left center and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Gillean. Talamantes and Hernandez each had RBI-singles to give the Gents a 10-6 lead through six frames.

But it was SDSU who would prevail late as it did all series, scoring seven runs in the seventh and eighth frames for a 13-10 lead.

Seeing action out of the pen behind Parrott was freshman Laetten Galbraith (1.2,3,3,3,0,0) who pitched 1.2 innings, giving up three runs on three hits, sophomore Kelby Langston (0.2,2,1,1,0,0) who allowed one run on two hits in 0.2 innings.

Sophomore Cole Thompson (0.0,0,2,2,2,0) would enter in relief of Langston in the eighth with the score tied at 10-10, but would leave with the loss after surrendering two runs on two walks to fall to 0-6 on the year.

Freshman Ryan Maldonado (1.0,2,1,1,0,0) pitched the eight inning, giving up one run on two hits, while freshman Sam Martin (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) struck out one in a hitless ninth.

SDSU's Erik DeJong (1.2,2,0,0,0,2) picked up the win for the Jackrabbits, while Trever Vermeulen (2.0,2,0,0,0,1) earned the save.

Centenary will return to action next weekend when it hosts IPFW in a four-game set at Shehee Stadium.