Centenary Splits Twin-Bill on Day 2 of Gent Classic
Saturday, March 5, 2005

Files associated with this release:
Box Score - Game 1 (UALR)
Box Score - Game 2 (Indiana)

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team split their doubleheader on the second day of the Gent Classic, falling to Arkansas-Little Rock in the opener 9-4 before avenging an earlier loss to Indiana with a resounding 11-3 victory.  Despite playing at Shehee Stadium, the Gents played the role of the visiting team in both match-ups for the first time this season.


Centenary jumped to an early four run lead in the opener against UALR, but gave up 10 walks as the Trojans stormed back by scoring nine runs in five innings.  Arkansas-Little Rock did not allow a hit by Centenary after the fourth inning.


Will Kaage (1-2) picked up the loss after relieving starter Chad Harper in the fifth.  Kaage gave up 10 hits and six runs in four innings of work, with most of the damage coming in the Trojan eighth.  The two pitchers combined to walk 10 batters, including the leadoff man in five separate innings.


On the offensive front, David Kiefer and Tim Ryan both went 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Ryan scored once as part of the four run Gents second.


The second game was a different story for Centenary as they looked for a little payback for a come from behind Indiana victory the night before.  The Gents came alive behind steady offensive production and the strong arm of David McElroy (2-0), scoring early and often while allowing just three runs on 12 Hoosier hits.


The Gents jumped out to a two run, first inning lead as the catcher Justin Darr singled through the right side with the bases loaded to drive home Alex Valdivia and Ryan.  Valdivia walked to start the game while Ryan reached on a misplayed fly ball to the left fielder.  Kiefer’s sacrifice fly advanced Valdivia to third before Ryan stole second, followed by Chris Wilson drawing a walk to load the bases.


Indiana answered right back with back-to-back two-out doubles to cut the lead to one.  After walking the next batter, McElroy gave up a single to center to score the tying run before getting out of the inning.


Just three days after his two-hit, complete game pitching victory over second ranked LSU, J.C. Biagi showed he can produce offensively, collecting two hits against the Hoosiers and driving in three runs.  Playing third base during the twin-bill, Biagi doubled into right center in the fourth to score Jared Vincent who singled into right field and then stole his third base of the season.  Vincent, who had been in a slump to start the 2005 campaign, looked to have broken out with two-hit, two-run performance.


Centenary added single runs in the fifth and sixth thanks to an all-out play by the Indiana right fielder, Joe Kemp.  After walking Biagi and Valdivia to start the inning, the Hoosiers found runners on second and third after Ryan grounded out the first baseman.  Intentionally walking Kiefer, Wilson nailed a bomb down the right field line but was caught by a diving Kemp in the warning track.  Biagi tagged up and scored, but Valdivia didn’t have enough to make it from second as he was thrown out at home by the relay man.


Not taking any chances with a two run lead in the ninth, the Gents exploded with a six run inning to put the game away.  Centenary rallied for six hits, including Biagi’s second double of the afternoon, to all but guarantee the victory for the Maroon and White.


McElroy pitched eight strong innings while striking out three to pick up his second win of the year in his first start.  Brandon Fulenchek finished out the ninth for the Gents, who combined for another seven walks in the second game.


Centenary concludes the Gent Classic as they look to pick up a win against Arkansas-Little Rock tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.  Indiana takes on the Trojans in the first game at 11 a.m.