Gents and Leathernecks Split Weekend Mid-Con Series
Sunday, May 9, 2004

Shreveport—After splitting a pair of games on Saturday, Centenary and Western Illinois did the same again on Sunday at Shehee Stadium to earn a series split. The Leathernecks took game three 14-9 while the Gents bounced back to win the series finale 5-3.

Western Illinois (24-32, 10-10) roughed up Centenary starter Adam Oakley in game one of the Sunday twinbill scoring six runs in the first inning highlighted by a Kyle Malan grand slam. WIU sailed through the rest of the contest fueled by the hitting of right fielder Blake Schultz. Schultz finished the game with a 4-for-4 effort that included a homerun, two doubles, a single, a sacrifice fly, and a walk. All total, Schultz drove in nine runs and scored twice to account for 11 of the Leathernecks 14 runs in the victory.

Centenary (21-27, 8-10) would pull within four at 13-9 with three-run innings in both the sixth and seventh frames. However, the Gents would never get within serious striking range as Ryan Schmidgall moved over from shortstop to finish out the game for Western Illinois on the hill. Schmidgall did not allow a runner to reach base over the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up his second save of the season.

The pitching of freshman Will Kaage and one big inning with the bats helped Centenary secure the split with a victory in game two. The Gents got on the board first in the opening inning when David Kiefer belted his third homerun of the season over the left field fence. Western Illinois answered with single runs in the top of the second and third innings to pull ahead at 2-1.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Centenary’s Jesse Newell drew a lead off walk and moved to second on an errant throw by the pitcher on a failed pick off attempt. Blake Adkison also walked and both runners advanced a base on a ground out by A.J. Howes. Tony Cardone’s ground out to the shortstop scored Newell just ahead of a double by Alex Valdivia that allowed Adkison to cross home plate.

With the Gents up 3-2, Jared Vincent poked a single through the right side to score Valdivia. After Vincent moved up to second on a wild pitch, Jonathan Ahearn promptly singled to center field to plate Vincent and end the scoring for the Gents.

Kaage made the five runs stand up as he tossed his first complete game allowing only three runs. He scattered six hits and issued only one free pass while striking out two in the nightcap to improve to 2-1 on the season.