Baseball Wins Opening Game; Splits Double-Header with LC
Sunday, February 20, 2011
SHREVEPORT-Opening Day couldn't come soon enough as the Centenary baseball team earned a Saturday split with Louisiana College, winning Game 1, 1-0, before falling 4-2 in Game 2 in non-conference action at Shehee Stadium.

The Gents (1-1) rattled off 16 combined hits over the two contests, but were a little shaky defensively in Game 2, committing four errors. Head coach Mike Diaz earned his first career win as a head coach.

Game 1 Recap

Junior starter Seth Lugo (1-0) (5.0,2,0,0,4,3) earned his first win of the season, tossing 5.0 shutout innings. The righty allowed just two hits and four walks, while fanning three.

Sophomore Cole Thompson (2.0,2,0,0,1,3) garnered his first career save with 2.0 solid innings of work, giving up two hits and striking out three.

The duo combined to hold Louisiana College scoreless through 7.0 frames and with just four knocks. Centenary was limited offensively by the Wildcat arm of Greg Uzee (1-1) (6.0,8,1,0,1,10) who fanned 10 Gent batters.

Freshmen Marc Martinez (2x2) and Pete Rajkovich (2x3, R) each tallied two hits in the win, while classmate RJ Talamantes (1x2), juniors Jeff Schaffert (1x3) and Dan Lazarou (1x3) along with senior Derek Dalzell (1x3) each had a knock.

Centenary found a way to plate its only run in the fifth inning when Rajkovich led off with a single up the middle. He was sacrificed over by sophomore Matt Creamer. Talamantes would draw a walk to put runners at first and third. Dalzell's hit in the 5-6 hole forced Louisiana College into an error, plating Rajkovich for the game-winner.

Game 2 Recap

Talamantes doubled to open the game and was moved to third on sacrifice bunt by Rajkovich and later scored on a Louisiana College wild pitch, though the one-run lead in the first wasn't enough as the Wildcats answered back with two in the top of the second on three hits.

The Gents battled to plate another in the latter half of the frame when Martinez, Lazarou and Lugo each hit back-to-back singles to load the bases for a sacrifice fly by Dalzell to make it a 2-2 game through the fourth inning.

Louisiana College would break the tie with runs in the fifth and sixth after the Gents committed three errors. Centenary was held to just four hits in the final seven frames.

Dalzell (2x3, RBI) and Schaffert (2x4) each finished with two hits, while Talamantes (1x3, R), Martinez (1x3, R), Lazarou (1x3), and Lugo (1x4) contributed with a hit offensively.

Senior starter Justin Kraft (0-1) (5.0,8,3,3,1,2) suffered the loss after tossing 5.0 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts.

Coming in relief of Kraft was freshman Grady Flournoy (3.0,1,1,0,0,1) who pitched 3.0 solid innings, giving up one hit and fanning one and Dalzell (1.0,0,0,0,1,1) who tossed a final hitless frame with one strikeout.

Louisiana College's Kory Kottenbrook (2-0) (7.0,8,2,2,0,7) picked up the win after tossing 7.0 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts.

Centenary will return to action on Friday, March 4 when Stephen F. Austin comes to town for a 6 pm showdown at Shehee Stadium.