Season Ends for Gents with Loss in Mid-Con Championship Game
Saturday, May 28, 2005

TULSA, Okla – The Centenary baseball team ended the 2005 season and their run at the Mid-Continent Conference Championship with a 9-1 loss to top seeded Oral Roberts.  The Gents kept the game close before a five run inning led by Mid-Con Co-Player of the Year and Tournament MVP Michael Hollimon’s three run home run put the game out of reach for the Gents.


Oral Roberts put their first run on the board on a bases loaded error by third baseman J.C. Biagi, and extended the lead to 2-0 an inning later on an RBI double to left center by Tim Torres.


The Gents answered back in the fourth with a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Biagi, but were unable to plate another run.  Biagi, along with junior centerfielder Tim Ryan and sophomore pitcher Brandon Fulenchek, was one of three Gents to be named to the All-Tournament team.


Hollimon’s homer in the fourth started the five run inning and also marked the end of Centenary starting pitcher David McElroy’s day.  McElroy (8-3), who earned the Gents’ victory over Western Illinois a day earlier in relief, tossed 3.1 innings while giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits and three walks.  The Golden Eagles added an RBI double by Dennis Bigley and an RBI single by Ricky Rivera to round out the inning’s scoring.


Sophomore Jared Vincent led the Gents at the plate, collecting three hits in four at-bats.  Senior David Kiefer, who along Biagi was playing in his final collegiate game, added a pair of hits.


Biagi finished the tournament with a team-high five RBI, while Ryan added five hits and three RBI to earn All-Tourney honors.  Fulenchek tossed a complete game, six hitter against Southern Utah for his first collegiate win and a place on the All-Tourney team.


Centenary finishes the 2005 season 27-30 with a second place finish in the Conference Tournament, the team’s second year in the Mid-Con.  Six Gents (Biagi, Kiefer, Chris Wilson, McElroy, and Jonathan Colgin) earned Player of the Week honors a total of seven times, while Kiefer was named the Mid-Con Men’s Athlete of the Month for April.  Kiefer and McElroy were both selected to the All-Mid-Con Second Team and Head Coach Ed McCann was named Coach of the Year.