Gents Can't Solve Panthers Pitching, Drop Pair
Sunday, February 26, 2006

Files associated with this release:
Box Score - Game 2
Box Score - Game 3

Johnny Noland

Tim Ryan

Alex Maldonado

Ben Wilson

Matt Webb

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team struggled to manufacture runs against the Northern Iowa pitching staff, dropping a pair of decisions at Shehee Stadium on Saturday evening.  In the continuation of Thursday’s 1-1 rain-postponed contest, the Panthers prevailed with a three run eighth inning to pull out a 6-2 victory.  UNI continued the night with an offensive surge, belting 16 hits for 10 runs in a 10-4 win against the Gents.


After Justin Darr’s two-out RBI single extended Thursday’s game into Saturday, the Panthers started things off with a run in the top of the seventh to begin the evenings events.  Centenary answered in turn as Tim Ryan laced a 0-2 single to left, advanced to second on a passed ball and then to third on a wild pitch.  Catcher Alex Maldonado would lay a beautiful squeeze bunt down the first baseline that the UNI pitcher couldn’t handle for the RBI infield single.


Northern Iowa (5-0) plated three runs in the eighth after taking advantage of a pair of hits, walks, and Centenary errors.  Reliever Kris Calhoun (0-1) would pick up the loss after tossing two innings of five-hit ball, giving up four runs.


Game one starter Johnny Noland pitched well to get things going on Thursday, going five innings and giving up just one run for the no decision.  The sophomore southpaw allowed six hits and struck out three in his first start of the season.


The second game didn’t start until well after nine o’clock after the Gents spent most of the day getting the field in proper playing condition after storms dumped more than an inch and a half of rain on the Shreveport-Bossier area. 


Will Kaage (2-1) got the start and the Gents immediately spotted Northern Iowa a pair of runs, both unearned, as the Panthers took advantage of a Gents error with a two-out, two-RBI double.


UNI added five runs in the third, scoring on four hits and a Centenary error.  Kaage would last an inning after that, finishing his day with four innings pitched, six hits for seven runs, only two earned, and three strikeouts.


David Kees and Ben Wilson would slow the UNI offensive, allowing just three runs through the last five innings.  Kees gave up two runs in three 1/3 innings with two strikeouts while Wilson fanned one and gave up a run in an inning 2/3 of work.


Maldonado drove in a team-high three runs, including two in the nightcap.  Matt Webb went 5-for-8, including a 3-for-4 performance with a run scored, while Jimmy Baker collected a pair of hits in Saturday night’s game.


The Gents (7-6) host UNI for a final game of the four-game series Sunday at 12 p.m.  Centenary starter David McElroy (2-0) will take the mound for the Maroon and White.