Gents Grab Two From Chicago State
Saturday, April 17, 2004

Chicago, Ill.—The Centenary Gents baseball team evened its league record at 3-3 after taking the first two games of the series from Chicago State by scores of 5-4 and 6-3 in Mid-Continent Conference action at Cougars Field on Saturday.

In game one, Centenary took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Blake Adkison hit a two-out RBI single off CSU starting pitcher Houston Mad that scored Alex Valdivia. The Gents added a run in the second inning off an RBI single by A.J. Howes to increase its lead at 2-0. RBI singles by Tony Cardone and David Keifer off Mad in the third inning helped expand Centenary’s lead to 4-0.

Chicago State (2-31, 0-6 Mid-Con) got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when junior Elliott Reyes scored on an RBI groundout by freshman Brian Packard to cut the Gents’ advantage at 4-1.

Centenary (16-20, 3-3 Mid-Con) added a run in the fourth inning on a RBI sacrifice fly by Jesse Newell to center field that brought home Bobby Gilliam for a 5-3 lead.

CSU scored two more runs in the sixth inning and a run in the eighth inning off two Centenary errors for the final margin.

Cardone went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI to lead Centenary. Adkison hit 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI for the Gents.

The second game began with the Gents scoring early off two Cougars throwing errors for a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

CSU rebounded in the bottom of the first inning after sophomore John Torres laced an RBI triple off Centenary starter Adam Oakley to right center that scored freshman Jonathan Sakurai to tie the game at 1-1. Torres later scored on an RBI groundout by senior Brandon Candiano to give CSU a 2-1 lead.

Centenary would then torch CSU starter Aaron Lang for five runs off five hits to take a 6-2 lead in the fourth inning and the visiting Gents never looked back.

Cardone, Gilliam and Newell each hit 2-for-3 with a combined three RBI’s to lead the Gents in the second game. Gilliam also stole his third base of the day in game two to make him the new all-time stolen base leader for Centenary.

Kevin Willborn pitched in both ends of the doubleheader, recording a save in game one and picking up the win in game two. Willborn did not allow a run in 5.1 innigs of relief work on the day and struck out six CSU hitters.

Both teams will meet again on Sunday for the final two games of the four-game set.