Gents Fall to Visiting ULM 5-2
Wednesday, March 9, 2005

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team committed three costly errors as Louisiana-Monroe handed them their eighth loss of the season, 5-2.  The Gents walked four batters and hit three more to give the Indians ample opportunities to score.


A two-run single by reigning Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week David Kiefer put the Gents on the board first.  With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, Kiefer’s hard grounder down the first base line bounced off the diving ULM first baseman’s chest, rolling to the visiting dugout.  Alex Valdivia and Beaux Waddell scored to put Centenary up two.


Kiefer finished the night 2-for-4 while Valdivia added a team-high three hits, all singles.


Louisiana-Monroe answered back in the top half of the fourth, scoring two runs to knot the game at 2-2.  With two outs and runners on the corners, Julian Tafoya attempted to steal second, forcing the Gents to choose between holding the tying run on or getting out of the inning.  Centenary chose the latter, allowing Tafoya to score and continuing with a tied ballgame.


Indians’ pitcher Matt Lane (2-2) wouldn’t allow another run, striking out nine to pick up his second win of the season.  Jared Jennings struck out five in two innings of relief to pick up the save.


An error by Waddell in the fifth with two down allowed ULM to score what would be the winning run.  The Indians added two more insurance runs in the sixth to put the game at 5-2.


J.C. Biagi (1-1) picked up the loss for the Gents.  The senior righty went five innings, striking out a pair.  Matt Clark and Kris Calhoun finished the game, with Calhoun throwing three innings of hitless ball.


The Gents look to even the score with ULM as the travel to Monroe to face the Indians on their ground.  Scheduled for 6:30 p.m., it will be the first road game of the season for Centenary.