Gents Play Two Close Games in Saturday Split
Sunday, May 1, 2011
FARGO, ND-The Centenary baseball team used a thrilling, come-from-behind, 16-12 win in Game 1 of Saturday's double-header to split the afternoon contests, before falling 4-3 in the final frame in Game 2 against Summit League foe, North Dakota State.

The split gave the Gents a 5-24 overall record and a 4-11 mark in league play.

Game 1: Centenary 16, North Dakota State 12

Centenary rallied from a 10-4 deficit with an impressive seven-run seventh to take Game 1 of Saturday's double-header. The Gents pounded out 19 hits and used a dominating final two innings by senior Derek Dalzell on the mound, as he posted his second win of the year in relief.

Freshman JoAnthony Cantu shined at the plate with four hits in a 4-for-5 effort, including two doubles, scoring two runs and driving in two. Junior Kyle Morton posted a solid three hits in a 3-for-6 performance, scoring two runs and tallying a game-best four RBI on two doubles.

Freshmen Mark Gillean (2x7, 2 R, 2 RBI), Pete Rajkovich (2x5, R, 2 RBI), RJ Talamantes (2x4, 2 R, RBI) and Tyler Neporadny (2x4, 2 R, RBI) each collected two hits, joining junior Jeff Schaffert (2x5, R, RBI) with a multi-hit outing. Also picking up a hit were sophomore Matt Creamer (1x4, 2 R, RBI) and freshman Marc Martinez (1x5, R, RBI).

Dalzell (2.0,3,0,0,1,2) earned the win, tossing the final 2.0 innings, allowing just three scattered hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

Junior Seth Lugo (5.0,7,6,6,5,5) got the start and went 5.0 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and five walks with five strikeouts.

NDSU grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second, before Centenary countered that with runs in the third and fourth innings on an RBI-double by Creamer, scoring Gillean, who singled and a balk.

The Bison began to show signs of strong offense when it used seven hits and took advantage of two Gent errors to gain a 10-4 lead after Centenary plated runs in the fifth and sixth on RBIs from Morton and Rajkovich.

After the six-run sixth for NDSU, Centenary remained composed and plated seven runs to pull ahead 11-10. The seven-run seventh opened with a single by Talamantes and an RBI-double by Morton. Neporadny, Cantu, and Martinez would each follow with RBI-base hits, before Rajkovich's double set up second and third for Gillean's, who would then drive in two on a double down the left field line, tying the game at 10-10. Talamantes came back around to later drive in Gillean on a single.

NDSU didn't fold as it scored two more runs to again, regain the lead in the seventh. Five late runs by the Gents in the final two frames would seal the win. Rajkovich picked up an RBI on a single through the left side, scoring Neporadny, who also singled.

Centenary used three final hits and two lead off walks for four runs in the ninth. Morton doubled down the right field line, scoring Creamer and Talamantes, who both walked. Schaffert then drove in Morton on a double to left and Cantu plated freshman pinch runner Nic Parrot on his second RBI-double of the afternoon.

Seeing action out of the pen was freshman Ryan Maldonado (0.2,2,3,3,1,0), replacing Lugo and allowing three runs on two hits and a walk in 0.2 innings. He was relieved by sophomore Kelby Langston (0.1,1,1,0,0,0), who tossed 0.1 inning, allowing one unearned run on one hit. Freshman Laetten Galbraith (1.0,2,2,2,1,0) worked the seventh inning, giving up two runs on two hits and walk.

Game 2: North Dakota State 4, Centenary 3

Centenary held a lead until the bottom of the seventh inning, before North Dakota State plated two in the final stanza, upsetting the Gents, 4-3.

Dalzell (6.2,7,4,2,1,3) pitched the entire game of 6.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts. The righty had the was one out away from securing his second win of the day, but an error gave way to two runs in the seventh, registering a loss for Dalzell.

Centenary posted six hits, led by Gillean's 3-for-4 effort with two runs scored. Talamantes (1x4, RBI) and Schaffert (1x4, R) each posted a base knock, while Martinez drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.

The Gents took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on Martinez' fly out, scoring Schaffert, who opened the frame with a single. North Dakota State responded with two of its own three hits and an error.

Dalzell held the Bison at bay for much of the game as Centenary grabbed the late lead with runs in the fifth and seventh. Talamantes picked up an RBI-single, scoring Gillean in the fifth, while Gillean doubled and scored on a Bison error in the seventh.

Holding a 3-2 lead, North Dakota State opened the final frame with a lead off triple. Dalzell's strong pitching carried over, forcing a groundout and an infield pop up, retiring the next two batters. A groundout was in place, but luck didn't fall Centenary's way as the Bison tied the game at 3-3. NDSU went on to score its winning run on a double that Rajkovich in center field nearly had on a spectacular diving effort.

Centenary and NDSU will wrap up the four-game Summit League set on Sunday with a single game slated for Noon. Live stats are available at www.gobison.com.