Gents Trade 10-6 Contests in Doubleheader with TAMU-CC
Saturday, April 16, 2005

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

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball teams split the opening doubleheader of their three-game series at Shehee Stadium, each winning by a 10-6 margin.  The Gents took the first game courtesy of a six run eighth inning while the Islanders evened the series behind a strong five run head start.


Centenary (15-15, 3-1 Mid-Con) spotted TAMU-CC a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh of the first match-up.  Second baseman Alex Valdivia drew a walk and promptly stole second base, putting a runner in scoring position for David Kiefer.  The Mid-Continent Conference’s leader in batting average, hits, and doubles, Kiefer smashed his second two-bagger of the game into right field, scoring Valdivia.  With two-down, Justin Darr singled up the middle to score Kiefer before crossing the plate on a towering 400 foot double off the centerfield wall by Jonathan Colgin.


The Islanders (28-17-1) responded with the go ahead run in the eighth before the Gents rallied for their game-breaking six run inning.  Opening the inning with a single to left, Jared Vincent was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Moldonado.  Pinch hitter Chris Wilson careened a double into left center to tie the score and force TAMU-CC to bring in help from the bullpen.


Normally a relief pitcher, Steven Rodriguez saw his first action in the basepaths running for Wilson.  The sophomore moved to third on a Valdivia groundout and was joined on the corners by Tim Ryan, who drew a four ball walk.  Not willing to take chances with the nation’s 10th best hitter for average, the Islanders intentionally walked Kiefer to load the bases.  With the pressure on, TAMU-CC hurler Michael Hatfield hit Darr to force in the go-ahead run.  Colgin would put the game away with a two RBI single through the right side.


Kris Calhoun (2-2) held on for his second win of the season, throwing two innings of relief and giving up a single unearned run. 


The second game didn’t fare as well for the Gents, as TAMU-CC hit starting pitcher Jonathan Christian (1-4) early and often.  The junior transfer from Bossier Parish CC gave up five runs, only three earned, on four hits in one and two thirds innings. 


Darr, Kiefer, and Vincent all produced multiple hits in the loss, lead by Darr’s 3-for-4, two run effort.  On the day, he went 5-for-7 with three RBI and four runs scored.  Kiefer joined him going 4-for-8 with three doubles, three RBI, and three runs scored.


The Gents and Islanders play the deciding game three Sunday at 12 noon at Shehee Stadium.