Big Innings, Walks, Sink Gents in Rematch With ULM
Thursday, March 10, 2005

MONROE, La – The Centenary baseball team gave up 12 runs, 11 hits, and seven walks in the first three innings of their 18-2 loss against Louisiana-Monroe.  The Gents gave up 11 base on balls as the Indians scored in every inning but two.


Centenary (6-9) starter Chad Harper (0-1) started the first inning in trouble, walking the first two ULM batters before earning the first out with a shallow fly to center.  Drawing another walk, the Indians loaded the bases and scored their first run of the ballgame on a wild pitch.  Harper would walk two more batters in the inning, one with the bases loaded, before retiring the side down 2-0.


The Indians (12-5) opened the second frame with a bunt single down the third base line, followed by a one-out single back to the pitcher.  Tony Lamothe slapped a single into left field, driving home another run.  ULM’s next batter, James Bennett cranked a two-run triple into right center, ending Harper’s night on the mound.


Coming in relief, sophomore Will Kaage walked his first batter before giving up an RBI single to left and an RBI double to deep right field.  After striking out the next batter, Kaage gave up another single, a two run chopper up the middle for the Indians’ seventh run of the inning, eventually getting out of the jam with a comebacker to the mound.


The third wasn’t any kinder to the Gents as Bennett nailed his second triple in as many innings into the left center warning track.  Kaage walked the next batter, putting runners on the corners, before giving up a three run homer by Daniel Raymond over the left field fence to push the ULM lead to a dozen.


Centenary put their first runner in scoring position in the sixth as Alex Moldonado, getting his first start at third, drew a leadoff walk.  Jared Vincent pulled out a hit to the shortstop, advancing Moldonado to second.  After a force out at third, Tim Ryan put the ball into play to the shortstop who overthrew the third baseman, scoring Vincent in his Monroe homecoming.


Brandon Fulenchek took the mound to start the bottom of sixth, immediately giving up the second homerun of the game, a solo shot down the left field line.  The sophomore southpaw struck out the next batter and walked the next before drawing two fly balls to end the inning.


Justin Darr picked up his second hit of the game in the seventh, stealing second on the next at-bat. A J.C. Biagi chopper to second advanced Darr to third but a great diving stop by the ULM first baseman ended the Gents rally two batters later.


Shortstop David Kiefer added an RBI single up the middle in the eighth to make the score 16-2.  With Kiefer and Ryan on first and second, pinch hitter A.J. Howes tapped the ball to the first baseman, putting both runners in scoring position.  Howes almost knocked two more in before the Indians shortstop pulled a trick out of his hat, sliding to his right on his knees, knocking down the almost out-of-reach ball, and firing it to first for the final out of the inning.


The Gents return home to host NAIA Wiley College on Monday, March 14.  Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.