Gents Take Two from Visiting Chicago State
Saturday, May 14, 2005

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

Matt Clark

SHREVEPORT – With only eight Mid-Continent Conference games remaining and on the outside looking in for the fourth and final postseason bid, the Centenary baseball team won both games of their opening doubleheader against Chicago State 8-7 and 10-1, moving into a tie for the final spot with Valparaiso.  The Gents face the Cougars twice more this weekend while the Crusaders are idle in league play before the two squads match up next weekend to determine tournament bids.


Centenary’s David Kiefer went 3-for-6 on the day, hitting nothing but triples in the doubleheader.  He again accomplished a feat only five other Gent players has, hitting two triples in a game, for the second time this season.  He added four RBI and three runs scored while collecting the game-winning RBI on a hit by pitch in the first contest.


The opener saw Chicago State (6-44, 3-15 Mid-Con) rally from a five run deficit to knot the game at 7-7 in the eighth.  Freshman Matt Clark tossed a strong seven inning outing, giving up just one earned run on six hits with three strikeouts.  The Cougars plated four runs in the top of the eighth courtesy of three walks and a hit batsman by reliever Jonathan Christian.  Southpaw Chad Harper  (1-3) picked up his first win of the year, closing out the final 1.2 innings with one hit and a pair of strikeouts.


Will Kaage (6-3) dominated the second game for the Gents (21-25, 8-10 Mid-Con), throwing a complete game four-hitter.  The sophomore fanned five Cougars and allowed just one run on back-to-back doubles in the sixth.


Gents’ second baseman Alex Valdivia chimed in by scoring five runs on 3-of-5 batting, including his second triple of the year, a leadoff shot into the right field gap in game one.  Freshman Chris Wilson added a trio of hits and RBIs while fellow Californian Alex Maldonado added three hits and a pair of runs as well.  Maldonado also had a strong game behind the plate, throwing out Mid-Con steal leader Jonathan Sakurai twice on the day.