Gents Rally to Salvage Series Split with Southern Utah
Saturday, April 30, 2005

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

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team used a second final inning, come-from-behind rally in as many days to earn a doubleheader and series split with visiting Southern Utah.  The Gents dropped the first contest 8-3 before downing the Thunderbirds 3-2 in the second game, an extra inning affair.


Senior David Kiefer beat out a double play attempt with runners on the corners in the bottom of the eighth inning of game two to drive in the game-winning run.  Jonathan Ahearn started off the rally with a hard chopper down the first base line, careening past the Thunderbird first baseman for a double.  A pinch-running Steven Rodriguez advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Valdivia, forcing Southern Utah to intentionally walk Tim Ryan and try to draw a double play.


Kiefer also sparked the two-run, game-tying rally in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff double into left field.  First baseman Chris Wilson then singled up the middle to put runners at the corners, and Jonathan Colgin followed suit with an RBI single of his own, advancing to second on an error by the SUU centerfielder.  J.C. Biagi knotted the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly to score Wilson and advance Colgin to third.


With two-down and a man on third, Jared Vincent hit a sharp grounder down the third base line, but had the ball knocked down by the Thunderbird’s Darren Duckworth.  Duckworth regrouped and fired to ball to first just in time to beat Vincent sliding headfirst and negating the would-be winning run.


Southern Utah plated two runs in the sixth on an RBI single to center and a suicide squeeze bunt by Jeff Oliverson.


Sophomore Will Kaage threw five and a third innings, giving up both earned runs on just three hits.  Jonathan Christian (2-5) picked up the victory after tossing two and a third perfect innings.


Justin Abbott (4-5) went the distance for the Thunderbirds (18-20, 7-7 Mid-Con).  He fanned seven Gents and gave up just five hits in the loss.


Centenary (18-20, 6-6 Mid-Con) struggled in the first game of the doubleheader as they fell 8-3 in a contest that saw six errors between both squads.  Starting pitcher Matt Clark (2-2) suffered the loss, surrendering seven run, five of them earned, on nine hits in three and a third innings.  Brandon Fulenchek tossed another four innings of strong relief, striking out three while allowing just one run on four hits.  The final five outs were earned by Cam Feighter in hitless relief.


Kiefer hit his third homerun of the season in the ninth inning.  The power hitting shortstop hit a sharp liner down the rightfield line into the visiting bullpen, legging out the hit and beating the throw home.


Centenary next travels to conference leader Oral Roberts for a four-game series on May 7 and 8 in Tulsa, Okla.  The Gents return to Shehee Stadium for the home finale against Chicago State on May 14 and 15.