Gents Drop Series to WIU 3-1
Sunday, April 24, 2005

Files associated with this release:
Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Matt Clark

MACOMB, Ill – The Centenary baseball team survived their first Mid-Continent Conference series sweep of the season after splitting a second doubleheader against Western Illinois.  The Gents dropped the first contest 5-4 before winning the second game 9-6.


Freshman pitcher Matt Clark threw six and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits.  He struck out five WIU (15-23, 6-2 Mid-Con) batters before being relieved by Kris Calhoun down 2-1 in the seventh.


The Gents (17-18, 4-4 Mid-Con) evened the score in the top of the eighth on an RBI single to right by Justin Darr.  Tim Ryan scored on the play after doubling down the right field line and advancing to third on groundout to second by David Kiefer.


The Leathernecks responded with a three run eighth, capitalizing on three hits and an inning opening walk.


Down three in the top of the ninth, Kiefer hit his second homerun of the season to put Centenary within one.  The two-out, two-run shot scored Alex Valdivia, but the Gents couldn’t plate another run in the 5-4 loss.


Centenary came out firing in the second game, determined not to leave the state of Illinois without a victory.  They scored five runs in the first three innings, including a three run first, and capped the contest off with a three run ninth.


Jonathan Colgin hit 2-for-3 in the second game with two RBI and a pair of runs scored.  Kiefer, Valdivia, and Chris Wilson also scored twice while Valdivia notched his first triple of the year.


Sophomore Will Kaage (5-2) moved himself into a tie for the team lead in wins with five with the victory.  He gave up four runs on six hits in five and a third innings of work.


The Gents continue their road trip as they face Northwestern State on Tuesday, April 26 in Natchitoches at 6:30 p.m.  Centenary will then return to Shehee Stadium to host Southern Utah for a four-game Mid-Con series with doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, both starting at noon.