Adkison, Ruffing Power Gents By IPFW
Friday, March 26, 2004

Shreveport—The Centenary Gents used the power duo of pitcher David Ruffing and hitter Blake Adkison to take the first two games of a four-game set with IPFW on Friday. The Gents discarded the Mastadons 7-0 and 6-5 to improve to 10-12 on the season.

Ruffing improved his record to 4-2 on the year with a solid seven-inning performance in game one. The senior scattered seven hits and walked only two while striking out five and did not allow a run in the outing. Freshman Brandon Fulenchek closed out the contest by tossing two innings, facing only batter over the minimum.

A rare Centenary homerun barrage put the Gents on the board early. Jesse Newell blasted a pitch from IPFW starter Jason Horvath over the right field fence for his third round-tripper of the season in the first inning. The following inning, Blake Adkison and David Kiefer belted homers to left field in back-to-back fashion to extend the advantage to 3-0. The Gents would add three runs in the seventh inning to put the game away for good.

Game two proved to be a back and forth affair, but the hitting of Adkison once again stole the show. In his first at-bat, the senior from Tyler, Texas, blasted his fifth home run of the season to left field to tie the game at 1-1. Trailing by one again in the bottom half of the fourth, Adkison ripped the first pitch he saw over the left-center field wall for his third home run on the day.

Centenary carried a 4-3 lead into the last inning but surrendered two runs in the top of the seventh to fall behind. In their final at-bat, the Gents used three walks and a clutch base hit by freshman Jared Vincent to pull off the come-from-behind victory.

Centenary and IPFW will meet again at Shehee Stadium for a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m.