#22 Oral Roberts Roughs Up Gents
Saturday, April 24, 2004

Shreveport—The 22nd-ranked Oral Roberts Eagles got an 8-for-9 effort from Matt VanDerbosch to sweep a doubleheader over the Centenary Gents 5-2 and 22-5 in the first day of a Mid-Continent Conference series at Shehee Stadium.

Weather delayed the start of the first game for four hours, but did little to dampen the hitting of ORU’s (33-7, 10-0 Mid-Con) conference player of the year candidate VanDerBosch, who went 4-for-4 with a walk in the first game of the doubleheader with two runs and three RBIs. He continued his streak in the second game, reaching base seven straight times before finally grounding out in his second at bat in the evening game. He would add four more hits in the nightcap to go along with four runs and five RBI. All total, the centerfielder compiled eight RBI and six runs to go with two stolen bases on the day.

Centenary (17-23, 4-6 Mid-Con) rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the first game in the late innings, but had the door shut on them by the relieving staff of the Eagles. Adam Lesko and Justin Ramsey combined for 2.1 innings of work and allowed only one base hit.

The lone bright spot on the day for the Gents was first baseman Blake Adkison. After ORU had put up a three-run spot in the top of the first inning in game two, the senior drove a pitch deep from ORU starter Dennis Bigley over the 30-foot high center field wall for a mammoth two-run home run. Adkison finished the evening 5-for-8 with four RBI and two runs scored.

The ace for the Eagles, Bigley, settled in after the homer to throw a complete game. He did surrender five runs on ten hits but ORU’s early lead was never threatened. Bigley improved to 8-1 with the victory.

On the mound, Kevin Cassidy pitched well in relief in game one, shutting out the Eagles for 5.1 innings. He relieved Josh Hill (2-2), who gave up all five runs in the loss.

In game two, the Eagles found their bats in the fifth inning, scoring 12 runs while hammering out nine hits to break open a 7-2 game.

David Ruffing (6-4) took the loss, giving up 13 runs, ten earned in four innings.

The Gents and Golden Eagles will complete the conference series Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at noon at Shehee Stadium.