Falcons Pull Away From Gents, 8-3
Friday, February 20, 2004

SHREVEPORT – After spotting the Centenary Gents two runs in the first inning, the Friends University Falcons came back and eventually pulled away with an 8-3 victory Friday night at Shehee Stadium.

The Falcons started their comeback with single runs in the third and fifth innings to tie the game at two. After Josh Hill (0-1) walked Scott Jay to start the eighth inning, Kyle Roth pinch ran for Jay and made it to third base on a single by Cody Larson. Roth scored on a double play, putting Friends ahead for the first time in the game.

The game got away from the Gents in the ninth inning, as the Falcons hit three consecutive doubles to score three runs. Friends added two more runs in the inning and then held off Centenary’s ninth-inning rally, as Jon Qualls earned two strikeouts with the bases loaded to end the game.

Five of Centenary’s eight hits came from the top two batters in the order. Bobby Gilliam went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored, while Tony Cardone hit 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and a run batted in. Kevin Cassidy pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.

For the Falcons, Brad Cline led the offense by going 4-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and two runs batted in. Justin Thurman went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and a run batted in.

After starter Ryan Bensch settled down to pitch the first six innings, Ryan Schamborn (1-0) earned the victory for the Falcons by pitching a scoreless seventh inning, giving up only one walk. Qualls pitched two innings to earn the save.

The Gents (2-3) and Falcons (1-0) will play a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Shehee Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.