Late Gents Rally Salvages Series Split with Michigan State
Saturday, February 26, 2005

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

SHREVEPORT – Hitless in his first seven at-bats of Centenary baseball’s double-header with Michigan State, David Kiefer came through when it counted, driving home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to seal a 3-2 victory for the Gents.  The Spartans won the first two games of the series and carried a one run lead into the last half of the ninth with a chance to sweep.


J.C. Biagi led things off for the Gents in the ninth with a hit by pitch, followed by a single past the diving Spartans shortstop by Justin Darr.  Local product Doug Williams’ (Captain Shreve HS) sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third, forcing a pitching change. 


Alex Valdivia then grounded to the pitcher, putting Biagi into a pickle between third and home.  With a high throw from the MSU third baseman to the cather, Biagi avoided the tag to knot the score at 2-2.  After Tim Ryan was intentionally walked, Kiefer knocked his only hit of the day through the left side of the infield, bringing a pinch running Beaux Waddell in for the win.


In his first start of the year, Chad Harper pitched well for the Gents.  The junior southpaw gave up one run on five hits in six and a third innings before being replaced by Will Kaage.  Kaage (1-1) picked up the win after striking out two and giving up just two hits on the night.


The day didn’t start as well for the Gents, giving up a leadoff homerun to start the double-bill.  Game one starter Kris Calhoun (0-2) regrouped, however, and pitched eight strong innings, striking out nine.


The Gents struggled offensively in the day’s opener, garnering only four hits and putting four runners in scoring position in the first game.


The Gents next face #2/#3 LSU (7-1) at Fair Grounds Field on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m.