Arkansas Holds Off Gents, 10-9
Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Fayetteville, Ark.—The Centenary Gents benefited from five unearned runs on three Arkansas errors in the first inning, but could not hold on for the win as the Razorbacks took the first contest of a two-game series 10-9 on Tuesday evening in Fayetteville.

Centenary (7-10) held a 6-2 advantage until the bottom off the third inning when the Gents surrendered four runs on six Razorback hits. After four consecutive safeties that produced two runs to begin the frame, Brady Toops’ grounder to pitcher Kevin Willborn resulted in a force out at home plate. Devin Day then answered with a two-run game-tying single to right field for his only two RBI of the night.

Arkansas (13-6) struck again in the home half of the fifth inning with three unearned runs to take the lead at 9-6. With two outs and runners on second and third, Scott Bridges struck out, but reached base when catcher Alex Valdivia failed to hold on to the pitch and was charged with a passed ball. One run scored on the mistake and kept the inning alive for the Razorbacks. Bridges then stole second and was plated along with Haas Pratt when Kern Watts’ grounder to second base was muffed by Jesse Newell.

The Gents scored single runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings and missed out on other opportunities to add more runs in the contest. In the seventh, a two-out single to right field by Valdivia plated Tony Cardone but Blake Adkison was gunned down at home while trying to score from second base. Centenary had another chance in the following inning to pull closer but Cardone was caught stealing to end the inning with Bobby Gilliam at third base.

Three Gents earned multi-hit games in the loss led by Adkison’s 3-for-4 effort. The senior scored three times and belted his first home run of the season in the ninth inning. Valdivia finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and run while Cardone collected two hits in five trips to the plate.