Gents Fall to Oakland in Twinbill
Saturday, May 21, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team wasntt able to answer the hot-hitting Golden Grizzles, as it fell 8-3 and 14-7 in Friday's twinbill to Oakland at Shehee Stadium.

The Gents fell to 11-31 overall and 8-18 in league play with the two losses.

Game 1: Oakland 8, Centenary 3

Junior starter Seth Lugo tossed 7.0 strong innings, but wasn't backed by run support as he suffered the loss, falling to 3-7 on the year. The righty allowed two earned runs on six hits and five walks with six strikeouts.

Junior Kyle Morton led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort, scoring a run and driving in two after belting his team-leading seventh home run of the year.

Sophomore Matt Creamer (2x3, 2 R, RBI) and freshmen RJ Talamantes (2x5) and Mark Gillean (2x4) each produced a multi-hit game with two knocks. Classmate Pete Rajkovich picked up a lone RBI on a groundout.

Seeing action out of the pen were sophomore Kelby Langston (0.1,3,3,3,0,0), tossing 0.1 innings allowing three runs on three hits and freshman Sam Martin (1.2,2,0,0,0,0) who pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings, surrendering just two base hits.

Oakland grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first after two hits and an error. The Gents were silenced for the first four frames, before Morton's single through the right side in the fifth plated Creamer who opened the inning with a single.

The Golden Grizzlies went up 4-1 in the sixth, before the Gents pulled within one in the seventh on a Morton solo shot and Rajkovich's RBI-groundout.

Oakland used a five-run eighth to grab an 8-3 lead which proved to be enough to take Game 2 of the four-game series with Centenary.

Game 2: Oakland 14, Centenary 7

Oakland used 15 hits to gain a Friday sweep of the Gents in a 14-7 win in Game 2.

The Gents' early lead at 5-1 disappeared when the Golden Grizzlies rallied for seven unanswered runs in the third inning to go up 8-5.

Centenary connected on 12 hits, led by freshman Marc Martinez' 3-for-3 effort, driving in two and scoring two, while belting his second career long ball.

Freshmen Tyler Neporadny (2x4, R), RJ Talamantes (2x4, R, RBI), and Pete Rajkovich (2x3, 2 RBI) each tallied two hits, while junior Jeff Schaffert (1x4, R, 2 RBI) drove in two on his fourth home run of the year.

Freshman Mark Gillean (1x4) and sophomore Matt Creamer (1x3, R) each added a hit.

Senior Derek Dalzell (3.0,8,9,9,1,0) got his final career start, but left after 3.0 innings. The righty allowed nine runs on eight hits and a walk to fall to 2-8 on the year.

Centenary used five relievers in freshman Nic Parrott (2.2,3,2,2,1,1), junior Zach Christ (0.0,0,0,0,1,0), freshmen Trey Bishop (0.0,0.0,0,1,0), Trey Lavespere (0.1,2,3,3,1,1) and Laetten Galbraith (1.0,2,0,0,0,0).

Centenary managed to open the game with five runs to gain a 5-1 advantage through the first two innings after Schaffert belted a homer, a two-run shot. Rajkovich added a two-run single and Talamantes drove in a run on a double to right center for the early advantage.

A seven-run third by Oakland put them on top for the rest of the contest as Centenary battled, but never could regain its lead. Martinez' cranked a deep shot to left field in the latter half of the third to keep the game interesting and within two at 8-6.

Oakland added a run in the fourth, two in the sixth, and three in the seventh, while holding Centenary to one final run in the fifth on an RBI-single to right field off the bat of Martinez.

Centenary and Oakland will wrap up the series finale on Saturday at Noon. The Gents will honor their two seniors in Derek Dalzell and Justin Kraft following the afternoon contest.

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