Gents Bounce Back for Split of Series
Sunday, May 8, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team used a dominating shutout performance by sophomore Cole Thompson in Game 2, helping the Gents to a 6-0 win over Southern Utah and a series split after dropping Game 1, 6-5 on Saturday.

The Gents finish the four-game set with an overall record of 9-26 and 6-13 in Summit League play.

Game 1: Southern Utah 6, Centenary 5

Southern Utah took advantage of two Centenary errors and 10 free passes to edge the Gents, 6-5 in the third game of the series.

Freshman RJ Talamantes shined in the three-hole with a 4-for-4 performance, driving in a team-best three runs. Sophomore Matt Creamer was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while freshman JoAnthony Cantu was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Centenary out hit Southern Utah, 11 to 7. Freshmen Mark Gillean (1x4, R, RBI), Tyler Neporadny (1x4), and Pete Rajkovich (1x4) each contributed with a hit.

Senior Derek Dalzell (6.2,5,6,3,4,6) fanned six, but allowed three earned runs on five scattered hits and four walks in 6.2 innings of work for the loss. The righty had a lead through 5.0 innings, but Southern Utah would score four runs over the sixth and seventh frames to regain its lead.

Sophomore Kelby Langston (2.1,2,0,0,1,2) pitched a solid 2.1 innings of relief, allowing just one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.

The Thunderbirds grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Centenary would take over the game with three runs in the third on a two-run RBI-double by Talamantes.

Centenary would extend its lead to 5-2 with two more runs in the fifth on RBI-singles by Cantu and Talamantes, Southern Utah played from behind in the late innings to take the game over in the seventh.

Game 2: Centenary 6, Southern Utah 0

Sophomore Cole Thompson (7.0,4,0,0,2,3) pitched lights out in a 7.0 inning shutout victory in Game 2 for his first win of the year (1-6). The righty gave up just four scattered hits, walked two, while fanning three for the complete game.

Centenary hitters stepped up in support of Thompson on the mound as it posted nine hits, including two extra base hits.

Pete Rajkovich led the sound offense with a 3-for-3 effort with two runs scored and an RBI. Matt Creamer had his second multi-hit game of the day with a 2-for-3 performance, one run scored, while driving in two.

Juniors Kyle Morton (1x3, R, RBI) and Jeff Schaffert (1x3, RBI) each drove in one with doubles, while Mark Gillean (1x4), JoAnthony Cantu (1x2, RBI) added base hits.

Centenary took the early lead with four runs in the first two frames. Morton and Schaffert had back-to-back doubles in the first to plate Cantu, who walked. Creamer and Cantu each drove in a run in the second to make it a 4-0 game for the Gents.

Thompson retired the first six batters of the game, before allowing his first base runner in the third on a leadoff walk. The Plano, Texas native held the Thunderbirds hitless through three frames before an infield hit came in the fourth.

Centenary had a 5-0 lead before Southern Utah made noise in the fifth when two runners reached base on back-to-back singles, but Thompson got a fly out and a punch out to keep the Thunderbirds from scoring.

The Gents went on to plate another run in the sixth on an RBI single by Rajkovich, his third of the game. The centerfielder then produced a diving grab at the wall to save a run to open the top half of the sixth.

Centenary will continue Summit League play next weekend at Western Illinois.