Gents Split With Chicago State, Win Series 3-1
Sunday, April 18, 2004

Shreveport—The Centenary Gents baseball team earned a split in its Sunday Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader against Chicago State in windy and humid conditions. As a result, the Gents took the series from the host Cougars, three games to one by winning 19-11 before falling 10-9 in the finale.

Chicago State (3-32, 1-7 Mid-Con) collected season-highs in hits with 19 and runs scored with 11, but Centenary used a nine-run fifth inning to take a commanding 15-6 lead and put game one away.

CSU took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Brandon Candiano hit a two-out RBI double off Gents starting pitcher Kevin Cassidy that brought home B.J. Guyse. The Cougars added another run in the inning on an RBI double by Bryan Grippo to increase its lead at 2-0. The Cougars continued the scoring in the second inning when Dave Walter singled down the left field line to score Jason Grace and Derrick Bass for a 4-0 advantage.

Centenary (17-21, 4-4 Mid-Con) finally got on the board in the top of the third inning when David Kiefer hit a solo homer off CSU starting pitcher, junior Ryan Payne, to cut the Cougars’ lead down to 4-1.

CSU came back to add four more runs off Cassidy to increase its lead at 8-1 in the bottom half of the third inning.

The Gents scored five runs off Payne to cut CSU’s advantage at 9-6 before they scored nine runs in the fifth inning off CSU relievers Jonathan Duncan and Scott Fritzler to take a 15-6 lead. The lead served as first of the game for the Gents.

A three-run homer by Jared Vincent to left field helped increase the Gents’ lead to 18-9 in the seventh. Chicago State would add two more runs but would not complete the comeback.

In the second game, Centenary took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on solo homers by Bobby Gilliam, Jesse Newell and Blake Adkison off CSU starting pitcher Paul Darby.

After a single run in the bottom of the first for the Cougars, the Gents came back to score a run in the second and third innings to increase its lead at 5-1.

CSU cut the deficit down to 5-3 in the fourth inning after Packard blasted a two-run homer to left center off Gents starting pitcher Will Kaage. CSU scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run homer by Grace and an RBI double to left field to take a 6-5 lead.

Centenary scored again in the top of the sixth after Newell hit a three-run homer to right field off Darby to reclaim the lead at 8-6. A solo home run by Adkison off Torres increased the Gents’ lead to three runs at 9-6.

CSU came back with a run in the bottom half of the sixth to cut Centenary’s lead down to two runs at 9-7, before back-to-back homers in the bottom of the seventh tied the game at 9-9 and forced extra innings.

After Torres held Centenary at bay in the top of the eighth, Reyes opened the bottom of the eighth with a two-out double down the left line and scored the winning run on Roberson’s single to center field.

On the day, Newell recorded two homers, four runs and six RBI while Vincent scored three times and also added six RBI. Adkison extended his team-leading home run total to nine with three long balls on the afternoon. The senior drove in seven on the day and scored four times to lead the Gents offensively.