Errors Haunt Gents in 6-3 Loss to Northwestern State
Tuesday, February 21, 2006

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Brandon Fulenchek

Matt Webb

Justin Darr

Kris Calhoun

Torey Williams

NATCHITOCHES, La. – Three errors by the infield proved costly for the Centenary baseball team in a 6-3 loss at Northwestern State on Tuesday night.  The Gents traded leads with the Demons through the first five innings before Centenary miscues and missed opportunities put the game out of reach.


Northwestern State (5-3) jumped on the board early, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the first.  The Demons put two runners in scoring position with a fielder’s choice followed by a double to right center, bringing both across the plate by a single in the next at-bat.  Gents starter Brandon Fulenchek would settle down from there, finishing the inning with a strikeout and a pickoff at second.


The Gents (7-3) responded in the top of the fourth, knotting the score at 2-2.  Matt Webb reached on an error by the Demons third baseman before Jimmy Baker singled up the middle for Centenary’s first hit of the game.  With both runners advancing a base on a wild pitch, Justin Darr knocked Webb home with a single through the left side.  Tim Ryan then evened the score with a deep sacrifice fly to left center, easily scoring Baker from third.


Centenary took the lead an inning later, loading the bases with no outs to start the frame.  Alex Maldonado led things off with a hard-hit single to center, followed by a hit batsman by Nate Santiago.  An infield single to the shortstop by Justin Huff then loaded the bases, allowing Alex Valdivia to score Maldonado with a deep sac fly to right field.


Not to be outdone, Northwestern State regained the lead with a two-run fifth, taking advantage of the Gents second error of the game to pull ahead 4-3.  A pair of singles and a walk and a run ended Fulenchek’s night, bringing in Kris Calhoun with runners on first and second and one down.  Centenary’s miscue on a double-play ball to Baker at third scored another Demons run, and an infield single loaded the bases.  The Maroon and White would hold on as Calhoun forced a double-play grounder to second to end the inning.


Fulenchek (2-2) tossed 4 1/3 innings, giving up four hits and four runs, three of them earned.  He struck out four in the loss.


The Demons added another two runs in the seventh, leading off with a single up the middle and advancing to second two outs later on a close-call stolen base.  Centenary’s third error of the game, a groundball through Valdivia at second, brought in the first run of the inning before a double to deep center brought in the second.


Centenary looked to even the score in the eight, beginning the inning with a pair of singles by Darr and Ryan, allowing Torey Williams to advance them both to scoring position with a short chopper to third.  With only one down, the Gents couldn’t convert any runs, ending the inning with consecutive outs to the second baseman by Maldonado and a pinch-hitting Robbie Knowles.


The Gents return to the friendly confines of Shehee Stadium as they host Northern Iowa for a four game weekend series.  Game one is slated for Thursday at 3:30 p.m.