Northern Iowa Blanks Gents 5-0 In Series Opener
Thursday, February 23, 2006

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Box Score

Matt Clark

David Kees

Robbie Knowles

Nate Santiago

Matt Webb

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team lost their series opener against visiting Northern Iowa 5-0 Thursday afternoon at Shehee Stadium.  The Panthers manufactured runs early and took advantage of their timely hitting while the Gents scattered nine hits on the game and stranded five runners on base the final two innings.


Northern Iowa (3-0) chipped away runs off of Gents starter Matt Clark, scoring single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings while adding a pair in the seventh.  The majority of the Panther’s hits off the sophomore southpaw were bunts and bloop singles, allowing UNI to plate five runs on 10 hits.


Clark (0-1) tossed 6 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, and striking out two in the loss.  Kris Calhoun finished the seventh for Clark and David Kees tossed two innings of scoreless ball to finish out the day.


Down five, Centenary loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs with singles by Robbie Knowles and Nate Santiago, and a walk by Justin Huff.  With the heart of the lineup set to bat, three-hole hitter Matt Webb grounded into a one-two-three double play and Jimmy Baker flied out to right to quell the Gents scoring threat.


The Gents (7-4) loaded the bases again in the ninth, this time as part of a two-out rally.  Pinch-hitters Alex Valdivia and Torey Williams reached base on a hit and walk, respectively, followed by Knowles’ second hit of the game to load the bases.  Unable to score, Huff struck out swinging to end the game.


Northern Iowa’s pitching staff combined for the shutout, striking out four and walking three.  Starter Jeff Hille (1-0) picked up the win after throwing six innings of five-hit ball.


Santiago, Webb, and Knowles each collected a pair of hits for the Gents.  Webb’s double in the sixth was the only extra base hit of the game, while six of Northern Iowa’s 10 hits came from their eight and nine hole hitters.


Game two of the four game series is slated for tomorrow at 6 p.m.  The series will conclude with a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 12 noon.