Gents Capitalize on SUU Errors to Split Series Opener
Friday, April 29, 2005

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Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team split the opening doubleheader of the series versus visiting Southern Utah, falling 8-0 before winning 7-6.  The Gents took advantage of three consecutive Thunderbird errors in the last half inning of the second game to pull out a one-run, come-from-behind victory. 


In the second contest, Centenary (18-20, 5-5 Mid-Con) found themselves down one run in the bottom of the seventh.  David Kiefer drew a one-out walk before SUU first baseman Aaron Nelson misfired a double-play attempt to second on a Chris Wilson grounder, putting men on first and second.  Another error, this time by T-Bird third baseman Darren Duckworth, allowed Jonathan Colgin to reach and loaded the bases.  The Thunderbirds (18-20, 6-6 Mid-Con) then committed their third consecutive error as Duckworth fielded a chopper by Justin Darr and threw wide-right attempting to force Kiefer out at the plate.  The miscue scored the senior shortstop and a pinch-running Jared Vincent from second.


Kris Calhoun (3-3) earned his third victory of the year in extended relief, taking over for starter David McElroy in the third.  He allowed one unearned run on three hits, fanning two in process.


Centenary looked to jump to a comfortable lead in the first when Tim Ryan hit his first of two homeruns of the game.  The liner over the leftfield wall scored Alex Valdivia, who drew a four-ball walk to start the inning.  Kiefer then walked and stole second, and was advanced to third on a fly ball to right by Wilson.  Kiefer scored on a Colgin double, while Colgin later scored on a sacrifice fly by J.C. Biagi.


Not to be outdone, Southern Utah showed why they lead the Mid-Continent Conference in homeruns and team slugging percentage.  Tyson Olson hit his second homer on the day in the second, a two run shot to right.  The Thunderbirds plated another three runs an inning later, forcing McElroy to call it an early day.


Southern Utah used a strong pitching performance by Jeff Oliverson (2-3) to hold the Gents scoreless and to just two hits in the opener.  Jason Ruiz’s solo shot in the third proved to be the game winner, but the Thunderbirds added a run in the fifth and six in the ninth to put the game out of reach. 


Biagi (2-4) picked up the loss, tossing 8.1 innings and giving up five runs on 10 hits.  Oliverson struck out six while Jason Gillins (2) earned the save in three innings of hitless relief.


Centenary and Southern Utah look to finish their series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 12 noon at Shehee Stadium.