Wednesday, March 2, 2005

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Box Score

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Gents upset the #3 LSU Tigers 6-1 on Wednesday night at the Christus Schumpert Fair Grounds Field Classic. J.C. Biagi pitched a magnificent game in his first start of the season, going the distance while allowing only two hits in the victory. The win was the first for the Centenary program over Louisiana State since the 1956 season, a span of 22 consecutive games.


The Gents got on the board first in the bottom of the opening frame after senior David Kiefer legged out an infield hit and promptly stole second base. The throw from catcher Dustin Weaver sailed high and wide into center field, allowing Kiefer to advance to third with only one out. Tim Ryan then plated Kiefer on a sacrifice fly to the outfield to put the Gents in front 1-0.


LSU (9-2) placed its first two batters on base, courtesy of back-to-back errors by Centenary third baseman Beaux Waddell to begin the second inning. Biagi then showed his first signs of dominance on the night, responding with three straight strikeouts to end the Tiger threat.


Centenary (4-5) struck again in the bottom of the second to plate three and extend its lead to 4-0. Justin Darr walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch to begin the scoring. After a pair of walks to Jared Vincent and Alex Valdivia, Kiefer came through with his second safety in as many at-bats, doubling in both runners. 


Meanwhile Biagi continued to quiet the LSU bats. The senior righthander sailed into the fifth inning before the first Tiger reached base without the assistance of a Centenary error when Quinn Stewart walked before Derek Hebert was hit by a pitch. The rally was again stymied when Biagi safely fielded a come-backer to end the inning.


The Gents provided their pitcher with two insurance runs in their half of the fifth. Valdivia and Kiefer led off the inning with a single and a walk just ahead of a single by Ryan that pushed across Centenary’s fifth run of the contest. Two batters later, Kiefer was thrown out at the plate by a drawn-in infield but Darr came through with a base hit to left field to drive in Ryan and stake the Gents to a 6-0 advantage.


With one out in the LSU seventh, Gent right fielder Jonathan Colgin misplayed a fly ball to allow Will Harris to reach base and advance to second. Biagi then lost his bid for a no-hitter when Stewart laced a single to center field moving Harris to third. Pinch-hitter Matt Luizza then sent a towering sacrifice fly to center field to drive in the Tigers lone run of the evening.


Centenary manager Ed McCann stuck with his starter in the ninth and the Gents defense backed up their hurler. Weaver led off the last at-bat for LSU with a sharp grounder to deep shortstop. Kiefer squelched the last ditch effort by the Tigers by gliding to his left, sliding to his knees, and popping up to deliver a strike to first base for the out. Biagi then retired the next two hitters to pick up the complete game victory.


Biagi (1-0) tossed nine innings in his first start of the season to garner the win. He allowed only two hits and one unearned run while striking out six Tigers.


Kiefer paced the Centenary offense going 2-for-2 with a run and two RBI’s while reaching base in all four at-bats. Ryan also drove in a pair of runs while scoring once in his 1-for-3 effort at the plate.