Morton Belts Game Winner; Kraft Solid in Gents Win Over SFA
Saturday, March 5, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team was anchored by a game-winning home run off the bat of junior Kyle Morton and an impressive outing by senior starter Justin Kraft, propelling the Gents to a 4-3 victory over SFA on Friday evening at Shehee Stadium.

The Gents (2-1) and head coach Mike Diaz picked up their second win of the short season, defeating the Lumberjacks of the Southland Conference (5-5) in Game 1 of the three-game set scheduled for the weekend.

Kraft (1-1) (8.0,6,3,3,2,1) earned his first win of the season, after dominating the Lumberjacks in the final five innings. The righty allowed three runs on six hits and two walks through 8.0 solid innings, while fanning one.

Morton came through in the clutch in his final at-bat when he gave the Gents the lead with a blast over the right field wall. The lefty battled a 3-2 count with two outs before connecting on his first hit as a Gent.

Junior Seth Lugo (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) pitched the final frame, allowing one knock and striking out one for his first save of the year.

Centenary jumped on board early, taking advantage of an inconsistent lefty for SFA, garnering three runs in the first inning.

Freshmen RJ Talamantes and Nic Parrott opened the game with consecutive walks. Morton followed with a hit-by-pitch, while junior Jeff Schafftert earned an RBI-walk to put Centenary on board. Freshmen Marc Martinez and Pete Rajkovich picked up an RBI apiece off a SFA error and a sacrifice fly.

SFA would even the score in the top of the second with three runs on four hits, including two doubles.

Kraft continued to dominate the opponent, allowing just two hits in the final five frames he worked.

SFA had its chance in the top half of the seventh with runners at first and second and two outs. Junior Dan Lazarou showcased his strong arm from right field, gunning the runner at home to end the inning and holding the Lumberjacks scoreless late in the game.

Centenary tallied four hits on the evening. Morton (1x3, 2 R, RBI) led the Gents at the plate with a homer, scoring two runs and driving in one.

Schaffert (1x3, RBI), Talamantes (1x3, R), and Lugo (1x3) each picked up a hit for Centenary.

SFA's Tyler Herriage (0-1) (8.0,4,4,3,3,8) fanned eight, but allowed three earned runs on four hits and three walks for the loss.

Justin McAninch was 2-for-2 for the Lumberjacks with a run scored and an RBI.

"Overall, that was a big win for us-a Southland Conference school in SFA. You always strive to win the 7th, 8th and 9th innings and we were fortunate to do that," said Diaz.

Centenary will continue its three-game set on Saturday in Nacogdoches, Texas. Game time is set for 2 pm. Weather permitting. Check GoCentenary.com for updates and game time changes if necessary.