Gents Rally Past UALR in Extra Innings for 12-11 Win
Sunday, March 6, 2005

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Matt Clark

SHREVEPORT – Already having the game-winning run negated in the bottom of the ninth, the Centenary baseball team showed it’s poise as they rallied past Arkansas-Little Rock in extra innings for the victory.  Down one, the Gents used a two-out rally to notch a pair of runs in the bottom of the tenth for the 12-11 win in the final game of the Gent Classic.


With two down, Alex Valdivia laid a perfect bunt parallel to the third base line, grazing the Trojan third baseman’s fingertips before rolling foul for the hit.  Tim Ryan then smacked his second double of the game off the right field wall, driving home Valdivia for the tying run while advancing to third on the throw.  On the ensuing at-bat, David Kiefer singled past the diving UALR shortstop for the game-winning RBI.


Arkansas-Little Rock took a one run lead in the top of the tenth courtesy of a one-out double with men on first and third.  With two runners in scoring position, the Trojan’s Jimmy Scott flied out to right field, hoping to score Tommy Bryant from third.  Gents right fielder Chris Wilson had other ideas, firing a perfect shot down the right field line to nail Bryant at the plate to end the inning.


Although they eventually claimed the victory, Centenary thought they had the game won in the bottom of ninth.  Tied at 10-10, Justin Darr singled through the left side before being pinch run for by freshman Beaux Waddell.  Designated hitter Jonathan Ahearn then singled into right field, putting runners on first and third for the Gents with one out.  The next batter, Jared Vincent, put the ball into play to the shortstop, who flipped it to the Trojan second baseman Eric Bowman for the force out.  Trying for two, Bowman’s throw sailed wide as Waddell crossed home plate for the win, but was overturned as the official called the sliding Ahearn for interference and awarded UALR the double-play.


Matt Clark (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win for the Gents after pitching five strong innings in extended relief.  The freshman struck out two in his longest appearances in four outings.


The ninth and tenth innings weren’t the only excitement of a game that saw a total of 23 runs and 35 hits.  Both teams had an explosion of scoring in at least one inning each as the Gents dropped six runs on UALR in the third while the Trojans answered back with seven in the fifth.

Three Arkansas-Little rock players recorded three hits in the game, while four Gents accomplished the feat.  Ahearn, Darr, Kiefer, and Ryan all collected a trio of hits while Ryan led the game with four RBI.  Kiefer followed suit with three, including the game-winner.


On the scoring front, five different Centenary players scored two runs in the contest.  Kiefer, Ryan, Valdivia, and Wilson each scored a pair while first baseman A.J. Howes added two while leading the game in putouts with 10.


The Gents finish the weekend 2-2, splitting evenly with UALR and Indiana.  This week Centenary faces Louisiana-Monroe in a home-home series before taking their first weekend off since the season began.  Wednesday’s game with the Indians will be played in Shreveport at Shehee Stadium at 6 p.m. while Thursday’s match-up with ULM will be in Monroe at 6 p.m.