Gents Drop Series Opener to MSU 9-3
Friday, February 25, 2005


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SHREVEPORT – Giving up nine runs on 15 hits, the Centenary baseball team couldn’t capitalize on 11 of their own hits in a 9-3 loss to visiting Michigan State.  The Spartans spread their offensive attack over the entire game, scoring in five of nine innings, but no more than two runs in any.

 

Michigan State starter Tim Day (1-0) held the Gents scoreless through six innings, striking out two and walking one.

 

After giving up two runs in the top of the first, Centenary (2-4) had the opportunity to put runs on the board with runners on first and second with back-to-back singles by David Kiefer and Tim Ryan.  Spartans second baseman Oliver Wolcott misplayed a two out grounder up the middle but managed to recover in time to throw out Kiefer attempting to score.

 

The Gents would put just four batters in scoring position through the next five innings, none past second base.  With MSU (1-0) reliever John Dwan starting the seventh, Centenary took advantage by taking three runs of the lefty in one and a third innings.  Down four in the ninth, Gents reliever Brandon Fulenchek gave up two runs after pitching two solid innings of shutout ball.

 

Jonathan Christian (1-1) picked up his first loss of the season, giving up 10 hits in six innings of work.  The righthander struck out four and has a team-high 13 on the year.

 

Centenary and Michigan State’s scheduled game on Sunday has been changed to be part of a double-header on Saturday.  The first game is set to start at 12 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.