Gents Split Doubleheader With Friends
Saturday, February 21, 2004

Shreveport—Friends University won two of three games from the Centenary Gents to take the first-ever series between to the two teams. After losing to the Falcons 8-3 on Friday night, the Gents managed only a split in the Saturday doubleheader. Centenary collected 14 hits in game one to easily win 11-4, but struggled with only four hits in game two to fall 5-2.

Centenary (3-4) allowed three first inning runs in game one but surrendered just one run the rest of the contest to stifle the Falcons. Kevin Willborn tossed eight innings and struck out five batters to earn his first win of the season.

The Gents carried a 6-3 lead into the sixth inning before posting four runs on three hits, including a triple by Jesse Newell that scored two runs. Tony Cardone went 4-for-5 at the plate with three runs and three RBI while Newell finished 3-for-5 with three runs and one run batted in.

Friends (2-1) played solid baseball all the way around in game two for the victory. The Falcon defense did not commit an error, the offense pounded out 11 hits, and Jeff Robinson allowed only two runs in 6.1 innings of work on the mound. Chris Fox drove in two runs while hitting 2-for-3 at the plate.

Centenary senior Bobby Gilliam scored two runs in the Gent win in the first part of the double dip to tie the all-time Centenary record for runs scored with 141 in a career. He currently shares the honor with Dennis Traynor who compiled the same total from 1989-1991.

The Gents will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to face the University of Alabama at 6:30 p.m. in Tuscaloosa.