Gents Split Twinbill With Prairie View
Sunday, February 15, 2004

Prairie View, Tex.—The Centenary Gents split their doubleheader with Prairie View A&M on Sunday to improve to 2-1 on the season. The Panthers received a strong pitching performance from Terrance Sparks in game one as Prairie View held on to a 4-3 victory. In the final game, the Gents used a six-run second inning to ease by the Panthers 8-3.

Prairie View used timely hitting in the first game to jump out to a 3-0 lead after three innings. The Panthers added another run in the sixth after a lead-off walk, a wild pitch, and an error set up the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Three of Prairie Views’ four runs in the game were unearned because of two Gent errors.

Centenary rallied in the last inning to put together three runs, but it was not enough. After Jacob Willett opened the frame with a single, the bases were soon loaded when Bobby Gilliam walked and David Kiefer singled. Blake Adkison responded with a bases-clearing double, but was unable to score to extend the game.

The Panthers would not be as fortunate in the final game of the series. The Gents got on the board early with a run in the first inning. Centenary kept up the pressure with six runs in the second inning, five with two outs, highlighted by a double with the bases loaded by Jesse Newell to drive in three.

J.C. Biagi hurled five innings to pick up the complete game win in the shortened affair. The contest was called after the fifth when the Prairie View head coach was ejected from the game and refused to leave the grounds. The umpires then called the game and left, leaving the Gents with the 8-3 victory.

The Centenary offense was led by Newell’s four RBI in the two games and a 2-for-5 performance. Gilliam scored four times on the day while going 2-for-5 at the plate and Kiefer finished with two runs scored while collecting three hits in five at-bats.

The Gents will open the home portion of their schedule when they host Texas-Arlington at Shehee Stadium on Wednesday at 3 p.m.