Gents Rally to Win Series Finale, 10-9
Sunday, April 24, 2011
SHREVEPORT-Freshman RJ Talamantes' two-run double in the bottom of the ninth gave the Centenary baseball team the 10-9, come-from-behind victory over IPFW in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

The Gents rallied from a 9-2 deficit, plating six runs in the seventh and two in the ninth for the win. With the victory, Centenary improved to 6-22 overall and 3-9 in Summit League play by winning the series with the Mastodons, 3-1.

With two outs and bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Talamantes continued his hot-hitting in the three-hole when his double to left center plated junior Dan Lazarou, who opened the frame with a sharp single up the middle and pinch runner freshman Ryan Maldonado, who replaced freshman Marc Martinez after drawing a walk.

Talamantes finished the afternoon with a 3-for-6 effort, one run scored, while driving in a team-best four runners. Martinez was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

Also having an impressive day at the plate was senior Derek Dalzell, who picked up two hits in five at-bats, scored two runs and drove in one.

Not only did Dalzell (1.0,0,0,0,0,0) produce at the plate, he picked up his first win of the year after pitching the final hitless frame.

Lazarou (1x1, R) came in off the bench to provide Centenary with the rally starter when he singled up the middle to set the tone for the final inning of victory.

Centenary took advantage of several IPFW miscues late in the game as the Mastodons committed four errors on the afternoon.

IPFW jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first and added a single run in each of the third, fourth and fifth frames to go up 6-0 before Centenary could respond.

The Gents managed to plate two runs in the fourth when Martinez' double plated Dalzell, who also doubled and freshman Pete Rajkovich, who drew a two-out walk.

IPFW would counter Centenary's threat with two more runs to pull ahead 9-2, but a six-run seventh gave the Gents the upper hand heading into the final frames.

Freshmen JoAnthony Cantu, Mark Gillean and sophomore Matt Creamer drew back-to-back walks to open the seventh to load the bases. Talamantes' single down the right field line plated two to spark the rally. Three consecutive errors by IPFW occurred, allowing Centenary to plate two. Junior Jeff Schaffert picked up an RBI-sacrifice fly, while Martinez drove in a run on a single.

Centenary had several strong relief appearances in the contest as both freshman Nic Parrott (1.1,0,0,0,1,1) and junior Seth Lugo (0.1,0,0,0,1,0) retired late-inning batters to keep the Gents within reach.

Getting the start for Centenary was freshman Laetten Galbraith (0.0,1,3,3,2,0), who left without recording an out and allowing three runs on one hit and two walks. He was relieved by sophomore Cole Thompson (3.1,5,3,1,2,4) who struck out four in 3.1 innings of work, despite allowing one earned run on five hits. Classmate Kelby Langston (3.0,5,3,3,1,5) fanned five in 3.0 innings, while giving up three runs on five hits.

IPFW reliever Parker Moorman (2.0,3,2,2,4,1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks.

Centenary will return to action next weekend at Summit League foe, North Dakota State.