Gents Split Saturday Double-Header with IPFW
Sunday, April 24, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team overcame a late deficit in Game 1 on Saturday to earn an 8-4 win, before falling in Game 2, 10-2 to IPFW on Saturday in Summit League play.

The Gents are now 5-22 overall and 2-9 in Summit League play heading into the final game of the four-game series on Sunday.

Game 1: Centenary 8, IPFW 4

Centenary tallied 15 hits and had a strong relief performance by freshman Ryan Maldonado to overcome the late deficit and win, 8-4 in Game 1 on Saturday.

Junior Kyle Morton (3x5, 2 R, 2 RBI) drove in two and led the offense with three hits, while scoring two runs. Freshman RJ Talamantes (3x5, 2 R) also had three hits for the Gents.

Six players notched multi-hit games as freshmen Mark Gillean (2x2, R), Pete Rajkovich (2x5, R, 3 RBI), Tyler Neporadny (2x3, R, RBI), and junior Dan Lazarou (2x3, RBI) had to knocks apiece, while sophomore Matt Creamer (1x3, R) contributed with a single.

Freshman Ryan Maldonado (2.1,2,0,0,2,0) earned his first collegiate win out of the pen. The righty tossed 2.1 innings in relief, allowing just two scattered hits and two walks to improve to 1-0 on the year.

Senior Derek Dalzell (0.2,0,0,0,0,0) entered the ninth with bases loaded and the potential tying run at the plate. The righty earned his first save of the season, retiring the final two batters in order.

Centenary, for the second straight game, grabbed the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first. Morton's double plated one, while Rajkovich drove in two on his single through the right side.

Gents' starter Seth Lugo (6.0,6,4,3,2,5) threw 6.0 complete innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts. The junior left the game when Centenary was trailing; therefore he was granted a no decision.

Centenary struggled to continue its offensive momentum through the mid-innings as IPFW went ahead 4-3 in the sixth. The Gents would bounce back and respond with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to regain the lead.

Centenary strung together five hits, including RBI-doubles from Neporadny and Rajkovich and RBI-singles by Morton and Lazarou.

IPFW starter Lucas Kesterson (6.1,10,5,5,3,6) suffered the loss.

Game 2: IPFW 10, Centenary 2

Centenary was never able to bounce back after IPFW gained a quick 8-0 lead with three runs in the first inning and five in the third.

Gents' starter Derek Dalzell (2.1,10,8,6,0,2) suffered the loss and fell to 0-4 on the year after allowing six earned runs on 10 hits, while fanning two.

Junior Zachary Christ (3.1,1,1,0,1,2) threw a strong 3.1 innings in relief, giving up an unearned run on one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.

Centenary tallied just six hits, led by Neporadny with a 2-for-4 effort with one run scored. Lazarou (1x3), Gillean (1x3, R), Morton (1x2, RBI) and Rajkovich (1x1) each had a hit.

After trailing 8-0, Centenary plated its first run in the third on a deep sacrifice fly by Morton, plating Gillean who opened the frame with a walk. The Gents would then go on to add another run in the fourth when Neporadny scored after reaching on a single.

Also seeing action out of the bullpen was freshman Trey Bishop (0.0,0,0,0,1,0) with one walk and classmate Trey Lavespere (1.1,2,1,1,0,1) tossed 1.1 innings, allowing one run and two hits.

IPFW's Ryan August (7.0,6,2,1,5,4) tossed a complete game, allowing one earned run on six hits and five walks with four strikeouts for the win.

Centenary and IPFW will wrap up the three-game series on Sunday at Noon. Live stats will be available at www.GoCentenary.com.