Gents Take Two From Visiting Coppin State
Saturday, February 11, 2006

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Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Brandon Fulenchek

Matt Webb

Nate Santiago

Will Kaage

Johnny Noland

SHREVEPORT – Strong performances by the Centenary baseball pitching staff highlighted a pair of wins, 5-1 and 9-1, in Saturday’s doubleheader against visiting Coppin State.  The Gents staff struck out 15 in the twinbill while allowing a lone earned run off of 11 total hits.


Brandon Fulenchek (2-0) picked up his second win of the season in the opener after hurling a predetermined three innings, all of them perfect.  The southpaw junior struck out four in a tune-up for Tuesday’s start against nationally ranked #17 LSU.


The Gents (4-1) put their first run on the board in the third inning as the Coppin State right fielder dropped a two out fly ball from Jimmy Baker, scoring Matt Webb from third.  Centenary would add lone runs in the fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to seal the 5-1 victory.


Justin Darr would collect a pair of hits in the first win, scoring once.  Junior shortstop Nate Santiago picked up his first hit for the Maroon and White in the eighth with an RBI single through the left side of the infield.


Junior Will Kaage (2-0) pitched the Gents to their second victory of the day, tossing six innings of one run ball.  The Eagles’ (0-3-1) only run against Kaage was a solo shot by Eric Miksitz that was carried by the wind over the right field wall.


Centenary scored early in the second contest, plating four runs in the first three innings.  Things cooled down, unfortunately, as Miksitz suffered a leg injury in the fourth inning after a collision with his catcher going for a foul ball.  The game was halted for almost 45 minutes as he received medical care, cooling the hot Gents bats and putting a lull around the next few innings.


After four scoreless innings, the Gents found their spark again in the eighth.  Drawing a one out walk, Alex Maldonado reached third on the next at-bat after a double to right by Justin Huff.  Alex Valdivia’s sacrifice fly would score Maldonado on the next play, advancing Huff to third.  Santiago would then lay a beautiful two-out bunt down the firstbase line, sliding head first past the Coppin State first baseman for an infield RBI single.  A triple by Webb then scored Santiago, followed by a wild pitch to bring Webb home.


Finishing the job for Kaage was Johnny Noland, earning his first save of his career in three innings of work.  Noland struck out five batters while giving up just one hit on the evening.


The Gents face Coppin State once more, Sunday at 11 a.m., before traveling to Baton Rouge, La., to face LSU at Alex Box Stadium.