Gents Toss Pair of Shutouts to Open 2006 Season
Saturday, February 4, 2006

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Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Brandon Fulenchek

Alex Valdivia

Tim Ryan

Justin Darr

Will Kaage

SHREVEPORT – Riding behind the strong arms of a pair of junior pitchers, the Centenary baseball team won their season opening split doubleheader against Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11-0 and 10-0.  The Gents staff allowed just 12 hits on the day, striking out 16 Golden Lions on the day and allowing only two walks.


Brandon Fulenchek (1-0) took the hill for the games opener, tossing seven innings of three-hit, scoreless ball en-route to just his second victory of his career.  UAPB couldn’t find an answer to Fulenchek’s offspeed arsenal as they were retired one-two-three each of the first three innings.  The Golden Lions managed just one runner to reach third base against Fulenchek.


The Gents (2-0) got on the board early in the first, drawing a hit batsman and subsequent stolen base by Alex Valdivia, then advancing to third on a fly ball to right by Nate Santiago.  Junior third baseman Jimmy Baker would then pick up what would be the game-winning RBI, singling Valdivia home past the sliding UAPB shortstop.  Baker would later score as the Golden Lions failed to get a two-out force at second, overthrowing the second baseman for a two-run deficit.


Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-4) would hold off the Gents offense attack for the next few innings, until senior Tim Ryan’s inside-the-park homerun highlighted a three run inning.  Ryan hit a towering shot to straightaway center, forcing the UAPB centerfielder to take an awkward angle on the ball.  Overestimating the distance, Ryan’s shot careened off the outfielder’s head in far left center, the deepest part of Shehee Stadium.  Torey Williams and Justin Darr would also score in the inning on an RBI single and sacrifice fly respectively.


Williams collected three hits in the game, and was one of three Gents to score twice.  Ryan also managed three hits, and drove in a game-best three RBI.


Centenary would add another run in the seventh as Santiago walked, advanced to second on a failed pickoff, and stole third.  Matt Webb would rip a screaming liner down the left field line, only to be caught by the diving Golden Lion right fielder.  Santiago smartly tagged up on the play and easily scored.


Batting around in the eighth, the Gents put another five runs on the board.  Justin Huff started things off with an RBI bunt to score Williams, followed by a double by Valdivia to bring Huff home.  With Santiago drawing another walk and Webb singling the bases loaded, Baker drew a walk of his own to force another run to the plate.  Ryan would finish off the production with a double to left center, bringing in Santiago and Webb.


Taking the mound for the nightcap, junior Will Kaage (1-0) picked up where his classmate left off with his own solid outing.  Kaage fanned four while giving up just four hits in six scoreless innings of work.


Darr wouldn’t be stopped in the second game, hitting a perfect four-of-four at the plate, driving in three runs and scoring twice.  Webb would also reach every time up to bat, compiling two hits and three walks while crossing home twice.


The Gents spread their offense throughout the second game, scoring three runs in the second, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, and four in the sixth. 


Centenary play’s the Golden Lions in a final game on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Shehee Stadium.  Taking the mound for the Gents will be David McElroy (0-0), a 2005 Second-Team All-Mid-Con pitcher.