Gents Fall in Home Opener, 13-4
Wednesday, February 18, 2004



Shreveport—The Centenary Gents baseball team fell in its home opener to Texas-Arlington on Wednesday night 13-4. The Mavericks pounded out 16 hits in the contest and scored in five different innings to take the victory at Shehee Stadium.

Centenary (2-2) collected 12 hits in the loss, but could not string many together for a big inning. Starting pitcher David Ruffing had a rough go of it as the senior allowed 12 hits and eight runs in five innings of work.

Texas-Arlington (2-2) got the scoring started in the second inning with a pair of runs. The Mavericks kept the pressure on as they posted four runs in the third inning highlighted by four consecutive singles with two outs. UTA added two more runs in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead before Centenary responded. The Gents posted two runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning when Joel Hoffman doubled in Alex Valdivia and later scored on a single by Jared Vincent.

Centenary pulled within five runs at 8-3 before Texas-Arlington scored again in the sixth inning. The visitors then exploded for four more runs in the top of the ninth when Hunter Pence drove in two with a two-out double after the bases had been loaded on two walks and a hit batsman.

Pence finished the evening 3-for-6 from the plate with two RBI and two runs to pace the Mavericks. Four other players collected two hits in the game while Carey Avants drove in a game-high three runs while going 1-for-2.

Tony Cardone led the Centenary offensive attack with four hits and was not retired until his final at-bat in the ninth inning. Blake Adkison went 3-for-5 with the bat and Valdivia recorded two hits.

Centenary returns to action on Friday when it hosts Friends University in the first of three games this weekend. The Friday game will begin at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader will follow on Saturday at 1 p.m.