Gents Split Double Dip With IPFW, Take Series 3-1
Saturday, March 27, 2004

Shreveport—The Centenary Gents used a second come-from-behind victory in as many games to squeak out a 9-8 win over IPFW on Saturday before running out of steam in the final game of the series, losing 13-7 to the Mastadons. With the doubleheader split, the Gents took the first-ever series between the teams 3-1 after sweeping a twinbill from IPFW on Friday.

Centenary (11-13) got on the board first in the opening game when Jesse Newell plated Jordan Standefer on a sacrifice fly and Blake Adkison singled home Bobby Gilliam in the third inning. After three walks and an error allowed IPFW to score four times in the fourth inning, the Gents responded with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth on a Tony Cardone sacrifice fly and another Adkison single.

IPFW (6-14) used three singles to load the bases in the seventh inning and scored three runs without the benefit of another hit in the frame. With one out, Centenary pitcher Will Kaage walked a run in and then unleashed two consecutive wild pitches to bring in two more runs.

The Gents evened the score in the bottom of the inning and then surrendered a single run to the visitors in the eighth to set up the climactic finish. Alex Valdivia walked to open the inning and Newell promptly singled. After Cardone advanced both runners on a ground out, Adkison was intentionally walked to fill the bases. A.J. Howes came through with a pinch-hit single to push across Valdivia and knot the game at 8-8, but Newell was gunned down at the plate. With two outs, David Kiefer proved to be the hero when he singled home Adkison for the game-winner.

Game two proved to be a high-scoring affair as both teams were thin on pitching. IPFW used a five-run fourth inning to blow the game open with the use of two singles, a triple, and three hit batters. The Mastadons went on to collect 14 hits, led by Eric Lambert’s 3-for-4 effort with four RBI, to stave off the four-game sweep.

Centenary will travel to face Texas-Arlington on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to begin a six-game road trip. The Gents will not return home until April 9th when they host Valparaiso in their Mid-Continent Conference opener.