Gents Take Two From Iowa to Win Series
Saturday, February 28, 2004

Shreveport—The Centenary Gents took both games of a Saturday doubleheader with Iowa to take the series 2-1 after falling at home on Friday evening. The Gents collected 31 hits in the two games to win handily 7-3 and 13-8.

Centenary (5-5) took a 3-1 lead in the opening game before Iowa plated two runs in the fourth inning to tie the game. The Gents answered with three runs in the bottom half of the sixth when Jesse Newell drove in two runs after a sacrifice fly by Tony Cardone. The cushion would prove to be more than enough for starting pitcher David Ruffing.

Ruffing (1-1) kept the Hawkeye bats at bay the entire game as he allowed only three hits in seven innings of work that resulted in only two earned runs. Jacob Willett pitched two hitless innings to secure the victory for the Gents.

Iowa (1-2) jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the top of the first inning in the final game as the Hawkeyes put together five hits, including three doubles, off of Centenary starter Kevin Willborn.

The Gents responded with four runs of their own in the bottom portion of the frame with the help of some shaky defense by the visitors. After Newell scored two on a double to left field, Alex Valdivia laid down a bunt single. Opposing pitcher Ryan Dupic fielded the bunt cleanly, but threw the ball away to allow Newell and David Kiefer to cross home plate.

The potent Centenary bats proved to be too much for the Iowa pitching staff as the Gents posted three runs in the fourth and four runs in the sixth inning to go with single runs in the third and seventh frames. Centenary collected 18 hits in the win, six for extra bases, including homeruns by Blake Adkison and Jared Vincent.

Willborn (2-1) settled down after his rocky start to collect the win. He completed seven innings on the mound and surrendered five runs while scattering 12 hits. Dupic (0-1) took the loss for Iowa, giving up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Newell finished the day 7-for-10 with eight RBI, six in the nightcap, to go with two runs. Cardone collected his third four-hit game of the young season while going 5-for-9 on the day with four runs scored. Bobby Gilliam also scored four times to go with his four hits while Adkison went 4-for-7 with three runs and three RBI.

The Gents return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Ruston to face area- rival Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m.