Late Gents Rally Falls Short Against Northwestern State
Tuesday, April 5, 2005

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SHREVEPORT – Down four runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Centenary baseball team put a pair of runs on the board and a man in scoring position with two outs before falling to visiting Northwestern State 8-6.  The Demons recorded all their runs in the first four innings, while the Gents did their damage in the final six.


Centenary (11-13) out hit the Demons 13-12, thanks in large part to a 4-for-4 performance by shortstop David Kiefer.  The senior captain raised his Mid-Continent Conference leading batting average to .439.  He drew a walk in his only other at-bat, raising his on base percentage to .527, another Mid-Con best.


Although out hit, Northwestern State (24-10, 8-1 SLC)made their count, launching a pair of two-run homeruns.  Blake Jones nailed his fifth of the season in the first inning off of starting pitcher Chad Harper while Miles Durham recorded his third four-bagger of the year in the third.


Tim Ryan and Alex Moldonado each added multiple hits for the Gents, but it was a two-out error in the ninth that gave Centenary hope for the win.  Chris Wilson hit a groundball to Demon shortstop Curtis Burkhalter.  With Ryan on third and Kiefer on second, Burkhalter couldn’t control the ball as it careened off his glove to allow both runners to score.


The next batter Beaux Waddell singled to put two on for Moldonado.  The freshman catcher slapped a tough ball to the right side hole, but NSU first baseman Durham made a nice grab and the unassisted putout to seal the win for the Demons.


Centenary opens Mid-Con play this weekend as they host Oakland for a four-game series at Shehee Stadium.  Saturday’s doubleheader starts and 12 noon, as does Sunday’s.