Untimely Errors Haunt Gents in 9-8 Loss to UConn
Sunday, March 20, 2005

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SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team was one out away from completing their come from behind victory before giving up a bases loaded error to hand BIG EAST leading Connecticut a 9-8 victory.  The Gents committed six errors on the day and didn’t give up an earned run past the fourth inning.


Only playing seven innings because of weather and time constraints, the Gents (8-11) found themselves down three in the bottom of the sixth.  After scoring one run on a bases loaded error by the Huskies shortstop, David Kiefer found himself down 0-2 in the count with two down.  The senior shortstop slugged a double on the next pitch into left center, clearing the bases with his only hit of the day to put Centenary up 8-7.


A leadoff single started things off for UConn (11-4) in the seventh before pitcher Will Kaage (1-3) got the next two batters to pop up to the catcher and second base respectively.  With the next batter drawing a walk, the Huskies stayed alive as second baseman Alex Valdivia bobbled a grounder that would have sealed the game for the Gents.  Instead, the next Connecticut batter slapped a two-run single through the left side to take the lead permanently.


Valdivia finished the day 2-for-2 including a two-run triple in the fifth.  He drew two walks and scored three times but also accounted for three of Centenary’s six errors on the day.


Connecticut scored in each inning but the first, taking advantage of the Gents’ miscues.  Of the nine Huskies runs, only four were earned.


The Gents host #8/#15 Arkansas for a two-game series this week at Shehee Stadium.  Tuesday’s match-up will start at 5 p.m. while Wednesday’s game will begin at 3 p.m.