Big Innings Sink Gents in 15-3 Loss to #16 LSU
Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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Matt Webb

Tim Ryan

Brandon Fulenchek

BATON ROUGE, La. – Looking for lightning to strike twice after shocking then-second-ranked LSU in Shreveport last season, the Centenary baseball team couldn’t repeat the magic as they fell 15-3 to the #16 Tigers at Alex Box Stadium.  The Gents controlled the game early before the host Tigers put together a trio of at least four-run innings to seal the victory.


Centenary (5-2) put their first run on the board almost immediately as Matt Webb doubled with a hard liner off the leftfield wall, scoring Justin Huff from second.  Huff had picked up the Gents first hit of the game, a single that careened off the diving second baseman’s glove, then put himself in position to score with his seventh stolen base of the season.


After holding the Tigers to quick three-and-out, the Gents came right back with another lone run in the second inning.  Tim Ryan connected with a solo shot to deep right field, clearing the fence 350 feet away.  The homerun was Ryan’s second of the season


LSU (3-1) responded in the third, drawing a pair of two-out walks before Bruce Sprowl’s dying quail landed deep between second and short, scoring the runner from second.  Right fielder Quinn Stewart would take it from there, belting a homerun over the leftfield wall to drive in three runs and take a 4-2 lead.


Pitching on just two days rest, Gents starter Brandon Fulenchek (2-1) went 3 1/3 innings in the loss.  He easily retired the first eight batters before giving up three hits and two walks for four earned runs.


With a scoreless fourth and Gents fifth, LSU doubled their score with a four run bottom of the fifth.  The Tigers took advantage of a pair of hit batsmen by putting together four hits, three of them up the middle, to push their lead to 8-2.


The Tigers would add seven runs, including six in the seventh, to complete the resounding victory over the Gents.  Clamping down on defense, LSU wouldn’t allow a Centenary runner to reach base after the third inning until Webb hit a monster shot that cleared the left field flags above the bleachers.


The Gents return home next for a three game series against Jackson State.  Action begins Friday evening at 6 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.