Extra Inning Heroics Lead Gents Past TAMU-CC
Sunday, April 17, 2005

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SHREVEPORT – A two-out error with runners on the corner lifted the Centenary baseball team to 8-7, 10-inning victory over visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Shehee Stadium.  The win puts the Gents above .500 for the first time this season since winning the season opener against Loyola of New Orleans.


Having already come from behind to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, the Gents (16-15, 3-1 Mid-Con) found themselves down a run going into the second half of the tenth.  Islanders (28-18-1) reliever Michael Hatfield hit Alex Valdivia with the first pitch of the frame before Tim Ryan screamed a deep line drive against the wall in right center to score Valdivia.  Attempting to advance to third, Ryan found himself in a pickle, eluding the third baseman before oversliding past third for the out.


Hatfield hit the next batter, David Kiefer, and gave up a single to Justin Darr to put runners at first and second.  Jonathan Colgin’s fly out to deep center advanced Kiefer to third, bringing up A.J. Howes.  Down 0-2 in the count, Howes battled back, delivering a chopper to the shortstop who misplayed the hop, giving the Gents the win.


The Gents collected 17 runs on the day, three each by Valdivia and Jared Vincent.  Colgin, Ryan, Alex Moldonado and Chris Wilson all recorded multiple hits while Kiefer scored a team-high three runs.


David McElroy pitched the first five innings for Centenary, giving up two runs on seven hits for the no decision.  Relievers Kris Calhoun and Will Kaage (4-2) finished the day, with Kaage picking up the victory after pitching the 10th.


The Islanders jumped on the board early courtesy of a solo homerun by Chuck Carter in the top of the first.  The Gents responded with two runs of their own thanks to the first of three errors by TAMUCC shortstop Jaime Landin.


Centenary would trade leads with TAMUCC throughout the day with the Islanders pulling ahead in each of the final three innings.  The Gents would stay close, answering back with single runs in the bottom halves of their frames before closing the game out with one of the Islanders’ four errors.


The Gents next travel for their first conference road series as the take on Mid-Continent Conference foe Western Illinois for a four-game series this weekend.