Gents Win Season Finale in Memorable Fashion
Saturday, May 21, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team used an all-around team effort to capture an 8-5 season finale victory over Oakland on Saturday afternoon at Shehee Stadium.

The Gents and first-year head coach Mike Diaz wrapped up the 2011 season with a 12-31 overall record and a 9-18 mark in league play. Centenary honored its two seniors in Derek Dalzell and Justin Kraft in post-game ceremonies for their strong contributions as four-year letterwinners for the Gents.

Dalzell highlighted the day as the senior utility player saw action at all nine positions on the field. Centenary used a starting lineup that allowed Dalzell to play a different position each inning in his final game of his career.

Not only did he play solid defense behind a stellar start by sophomore Cole Thompson, Dalzell belted his first career home run to tie the game at 5-5 and picked up his second save of the year after recording the final out of the contest.

Dalzell led the offense with a 2-for-3 effort with a run scored and two RBI, while four other Gents recorded multi-hit games. Freshmen RJ Talamantes (2x5, 2 R), Pete Rajkovich (2x5, R, RBI), Tyler Neporadny (2x4, R, RBI), and junior Jeff Schaffert (2x4, R) each had two hits.

Also contributing to a 13-hit performance was junior Kyle Morton (1x3, R, RBI, 2 BB) and freshmen Mark Gillean (1x4, R) and Marc Martinez (1x4).

Thompson (6.0,7,5,3,3,2) pitched 6.0 strong innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts to improve to 2-6 on the year with the win.

Freshman Ryan Maldonado (2.2,1,0,0,0,0) tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just one hit out of the pen.

Dalzell (0.1,0,0,0,0,0) recorded the save after retiring the final batter of the game.

Centenary took advantage of an Oakland mishandle to go up 2-0 in the second after Dalzell's sacrifice fly to right field put the Gents on board.

The Golden Grizzlies used three hits to plate four runs for a 4-2 lead, but Centenary quickly responded to even the score back in the bottom half of the third when Morton and Rajkovich each contributed with RBI-singles.

A sacrifice fly by Oakland put them back on top 5-4, but Dalzell cranked his first career home run to left field to quickly create an interesting game. Talamantes went on to score the Gents' second run of the frame on a wild pitch.

Up 6-5, the Centenary pitching staff held a recent hot-hitting Oakland team to three scattered hits in the remaining five innings, while tallying two 1-2-3 frames down the stretch.

After a one hour and 40 minute rain delay, the Gents scratched out two more runs in the sixth after back-to-back walks by Schaffert and Morton. Schaffert took second on a stolen base and third on a balk, setting the plate for Neporadny, whose single through the left side added one. Morton went on to score on a wild pitch for an 8-5 advantage.

Centenary played its final game as part of The Summit League as it now prepares for its transition to NCAA Division III and the American Southwest Conference in the upcoming season.