Centenary Pitching Stifles Islanders, Gents Take Two
Saturday, April 3, 2004



Corpus Christi, Tex.David Ruffing threw a complete game shutout and Kevin Willborn allowed only two runs in 8 2/3 innings as the Gents swept the first two games of a four-game set against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday. Centenary used the long ball for the second consecutive weekend to defeat the Islanders 2-0 and 4-2.

In a low scoring contest in the series opener, the Gents would provide the only offensive fireworks of the game in the first inning. After Bobby Gilliam was retired, Alex Valdivia and Jesse Newell belted back-to-back home runs to give Centenary the 2-0 advantage. The roundtripper was the first on the season for Valdivia while Newell recorded his fifth and his team-leading 32nd RBI with the blast. The early runs would prove to be the winning margin.

Ruffing dominated the game as he surrendered only four hits and one walk to improve to 5-2 on the year. He faced just three batters over the minimum and sat down 15 straight Islanders at one point. Texas A&M-CC earned two hits in the opening frame, but the senior did not allow another hit until the seventh and final inning.

The numer two proved to be prevelant throughout the day for both teams. After scoring two runs on two homers in game one, the Gents took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning of game two to start the scoring when Gilliam smacked a two-run homer with two outs.

The home team would answer with its only scoring output of the day in the bottom portion of the seventh inning. The Islanders scored two runs to knot the game at two apiece after the lead-off hitter was hit by a pitch and was followed by two extra base hits, a double and a triple.

Centenary (13-14) broke the tie in the ninth inning on a two-run double by Jared Vincent. The winning hit was set up by a two-out double by David Kiefer and a walk by Jonathan Ahearn.

Willborn evened his record at 3-3 while narrowly missing a complete game of his own. The senior scattered 11 hits and issued three free passes, but stayed in control the entire contest. He was relieved with two outs in the ninth by Dan Bria who picked up the save.