Gents Split Mid-Con Opening Doubleheader With Oakland
Saturday, April 9, 2005

Files associated with this release:
Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team split the opening doubleheader of the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference season with visiting Oakland.  The Gents won the first game, a back-and-forth affair, 7-6 before falling in extra innings in the second game 3-2.


Centenary (12-14, 1-1 Mid-Con) spotted the Golden Grizzlies (3-18, 1-1 Mid-Con) a 4-1 lead in the opening game before pounding in four runs in the sixth to take a one-run lead.  OU answered back to take the lead with two runs in the seventh before the Gents responded with two of their own in the seventh for the win.


Tim Ryan went 2-for-4 in the first contest, driving home three runs in the process.  Alex Valdivia added a pair of runs while drawing three walks.


Senior J.C. Biagi took the mound as the starting pitcher, striking out four in six innings for the no decision.  Also hitting, Biagi notched a base hit and scored twice.


Earning his first win of the year, Kris Calhoun (1-2) threw 2 and 2/3 innings of relief work.  The strong-armed righty fanned three and allowed just two hits.


The Gents sent undefeated David McElroy to the hill for what would turn out to be a pitchers duel in the seven-inning game two.  Both McElroy and Oakland’s Paul Phillips went the full seven giving up two runs each, forcing the match-up into extra innings.


With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and men on the corners, OU’s pinch-hitter Brad Noel hit a soft chopper to the left side.  Communication problems between the shortstop David Kiefer and third baseman Biagi caused Kiefer to mishandle the grounder and allow the go-ahead and eventual winning run score.


Centenary and Oakland play another doubleheader tomorrow, starting at 12 noon at Shehee Stadium.