Gents Split Opening Series with Loyola
Saturday, February 12, 2005

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SHREVEPORT – Loyola of New Orleans used three high scoring innings to salvage a series split with the Centenary baseball team, winning 17-7 at Shehee Stadium.  The Wolfpack took advantage of five Gents errors while posting six runs in the third, four in the fourth, and seven in the ninth.


Centenary (1-1) put themselves on the board early thanks to David Kiefer’s first homerun of the season.  The senior shortstop’s shot sailed over left center, driving home leadoff batter Alex Vadivia.


Armed with a two run lead, the Gents looked poised to take control of the game.  Starting pitcher Cam Feightner (0-1) looked solid through the first two and two thirds innings without having given up a hit.  But with two down in the top of the third, he gave up six runs on six hits including a bases loaded triple.  With the Wolfpack (4-5) batting around, senior J.C. Biagi replaced Feightner getting Brad Rodrigue to strike out for the second time that inning.


Looking to come back in the third, freshman Beaux Waddell singled into center and advanced on a Valdivia grounder to short.  Kiefer added to his heavy hitting performance by doubling to left and driving in Waddell.  Tim Ryan’s sacrifice bunt advanced Kiefer to third, but Loyola managed to get out of the inning giving up only one run.


The Wolfpack used two hits, two errors, and two hit batsmen to add another four runs in the fourth, increasing their lead to seven, 10-3.


Squeezing out one run each in the seventh and eighth innings, Centenary took the field in the ninth down only five.  Sophomore pitcher Will Kaage, who finished the game with seven strikeouts in four innings of work, gave up seven runs, but only one earned because of two Valdivia errors.


The Gents host Northern Iowa for a three-game series starting February 18 at Shehee Stadium.  Game times are set for 1 p.m. on Friday, 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday.