#5 Arkansas Scores Early, Often to Defeat Gents 10-1
Tuesday, March 22, 2005

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Matt Clark

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team gave up 10 runs on 10 hits en route to a 10-1 loss to visiting Arkansas.  The fifth ranked Razorbacks posted four runs in the first inning and never looked back as a crowd of 885 looked on at Shehee Stadium.


The Gents put their one run on the board in the bottom of the first as Justin Darr single up the middle to drive home Tim Ryan.  Darr finished the day 2-for-4, the only Centenary player with multiple hits.


Freshman Matt Clark (1-1) pitched seven innings for Centenary, his longest outing of the year.  Picking up the loss, he threw over 130 pitches, striking out six and walking five.  Arkansas fanned just one Gents all game.


The Razorbacks started the game on a tear, doubling down the left field line and then singling through the left side to put two runners in scoring position with no outs.  After driving in their fit run on a fielder’s choice, Arkansas loaded the bases with a hit batsman.  Another hit-by-pitch and back-to-back walks with the bases full pushed the Razorbacks’ lead to four.


Clark settled down to hold Arkansas scoreless until the fifth.  Walking consecutive batters, the southpaw gave up an RBI single through the right side.  The errant throw by rightfielder Jonathan Colgin skipped out of play, advancing the batter to second and scoring the man from first.  A wild pitch by Clark eventually accounted for the third run of the inning.


Arkansas added single runs in the sixth, eighth, and ninth innings.  The Gents opportunities to score were few and far between with their best shot coming in the seventh.  Reaching on a fielder’s choice, Colgin advanced to second on Jonathan Ahearn’s single up the middle.  Catcher Alex Moldonado drew a walk to load the bases, but freshman Beaux Waddell lined out to centerfield to end the Gents scoring hopes.


Centenary and Arkansas face each other for the second game of their series tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.