UNI Completes Series Sweep Over Gents With 7-5 Comeback Victory
Sunday, February 26, 2006

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Tim Ryan

Alex Maldonado

Nate Santiago

David McElroy

Jimmy Baker

SHREVEPORT – Down 5-1 in the eighth inning, Northern Iowa used a six-run top half of the inning to complete a four-game series sweep over the Centenary baseball team.  The Gents fell to .500 on the year after starting the season with a 7-2 record.


Centenary (7-7) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second innings, plating the pair of runs on a two-out rally.  Tim Ryan collected the first of four consecutive hits for the Gents, advancing to second with his fifth stolen base of the season.  Gents RBI leader Alex Maldonado then singled Ryan home and advanced to second with a bunt single by Torey Williams.  Shortstop Nate Santiago kept the rally going with an RBI single through the right side to bring home the innings final run.


Northern Iowa (6-0) couldn’t find a way to score on Centenary starter David McElroy until the sixth inning, taking advantage of a bases loaded error by Santiago with two outs to pull within one run.


McElroy went six innings in the game, giving up five hits and only one unearned run in the no decision.  He struck out one and walked three.


The Gents would answer with another run in their half of the sixth, leading off with back-to-back doubles by Jimmy Baker and Ryan to regain the two-run advantage.


Looking to put the game away, the Gents added another two runs in the seventh to go ahead 5-1.  Maldonado and Ryan each added their second RBIs of the game on a single and a sacrifice fly respectively.


Things looked to start smoothly for the home team in the eighth as the Gents appeared to convert a 6-4-3 double play before the first base umpire declared Matt McGlathery pulled off the bag at first early.  UNI took advantage of the missing out and jumped on reliever Brandon Fulenchek with forced walks and infield hits with the bases loaded.  Jon Christian would spell Fulenchek with two-outs but surrender a bases loaded, three RBI double that ended the inning as the Panthers’ slugger was thrown out at third.


The Gents travel to Sam Houston State on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and have their first open weekend afterwards.  Centenary doesn’t play again at home until they host Alcorn State for a three game series starting March 17.