Gent Miscues Lead to 12-5 loss to NSU
Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Shreveport—The Centenary Gents had 18 hits but managed to score only five runs in losing to the Northwestern State Demons 12-5 at Shehee Stadium on Tuesday night.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches, but due to heavy rains, the game was moved to Shreveport.

The Gents (21-28) were led by a pair of standout performances from shortstop David Kiefer and first baseman Blake Adkison.

Kiefer was 4-for-5 at the plate, including two homeruns and three runs batted in. The junior blasted a solo shot in the bottom of the third, then followed that in his next at bat by hitting a two-run blast to left center in the fifth inning.

Adkison had an equally productive day at the plate, going 4-for-5 also with a solo home run to center field in the fifth, just one out after Kiefer’s second dinger. With the great night at the plate, Adkison is now hitting a team-best .392.

The Demons (29-20) also hit the ball well, getting 15 hits on the night, while being helped out by eight Centenary errors. NSU leading hitter Brandon Morgan improved his average above the .390 mark as well, going 4-for-6 with two RBIs.

Northwestern State struck first, getting a two-run home run by Miles Durham to spark a four-run second inning. Centenary would pull to within 5-4 in the fifth on Kiefer and Adkison’s homers, only to have the Demons put three more on the board in the sixth, led by a two-run homer from Bobby Barbier.

Both teams used several pitchers in an effort to rest their starters for conference play this weekend. The Gents sent seven hurlers to the mound while Northwestern State threw four.

Eric Broaddus (2-1) picked up the win for the Demons, while Brandon Fulenchek (0-4) was saddled with the loss.

The Gents return to action for their final Mid-Continent Conference series when they travel to Rochester, Mich., to face the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The first game of the Saturday doubleheader begins at noon.