SFA Bats Too Much For Gents in Saturday Loss
Sunday, March 6, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas-It was one of those days. A day that saw SFA power up 22 hits, which led to a 22-2 win over the Centenary baseball team in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon.

The Gents (2-2) weren't able to answer the Lumberjacks (6-5) offensive threat that began early and often.

SFA mustered up 10 hits and scored 10 runs over the first two frames. Centenary would plate one in the top half of the second when freshman Pete Rajkovich led off the frame with a walk and was plated on a double off the left center wall by junior Seth Lugo.

Hits would continue to fall for the Lumberjacks as they posted seven more runs to build on its early lead, going up 17-1 through four innings.

The Gents managed to plate one more run in the fifth when junior Kyle Morton opened the frame with a double down the right field line. With two outs, sophomore Matt Creamer came through with a single to right field, plating Morton for the second run.

SFA was able to score five more runs over the fifth and sixth innings, before Centenary's staff and defense held the Lumberjacks scoreless in the final two stanzas.

Centenary called on all forces in today's game as 23 players saw action, including 10 who played in their first career game as a Gent.

Sophomore Cole Thompson (0-1) (1.1,7,9,7,3,2) would suffer his first loss of the season after allowing seven earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 1.1 innings of work.

Freshmen Trey Lavespere (0.2,3,1,1,0,0), Ryan Maldonado (1.0,3,3,2,0,0) and Trey Bishop (0.0,4,4,3,1,0) all pitched in their first career college outing in relief.

Also seeing action out of the pen was junior Zachary Christ (1.0,0,0,0,1,1) who tossed a hitless fourth inning in his first appearance on the mound for Centenary. Freshman Laetten Galbraith (1.0,2,2,2,0,1) and junior Dan Lazarou (1.0,3,3,3,3,1) each tossed 1.0 inning.

Showing strong outings late in the game were freshman Sam Martin (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) and sophomore Kelby Langston (1.0,0,0,0,1,2) who pitched the final two frames, holding SFA to no hits, while fanning three in their first career appearances for the Gents.

Centenary tallied eight hits on the afternoon, which came off the bats of eight different players.

Morton (1x4, R, BB) and Lugo (1x1, RBI) each doubled for Centenary to lead the way, while Creamer (1x2, RBI), junior Jeff Schaffert (1x2), and freshmen RJ Talamantes (1x4, BB), Mark Gillean (1x3), Marc Martinez (1x3) and Derrick Hernandez (1x1) each had a knock.

SFA's Jason West (2-1) (5.0,6,2,2,3,8) picked up the win after tossing 5.0 complete innings, allowing two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts.

Darren Crabtree led all hitters with a 5-for-6 effort at the plate, scoring five runs and driving in three.

Centenary will wrap up the three-game set on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 pm. RHP junior Seth Lugo will get the start for the Gents. All game action can be followed online at www.sfajacks.com.