Gents Early Lead Not Enough in 3-2 Loss to Bearkats
Tuesday, February 28, 2006




Matt Clark

Kris Calhoun

Tim Ryan

Justin Darr

HUNTSVILLE, Tex.—The Centenary baseball team collected two runs in the first inning but could not generate any offensive production the rest of the game in falling on the road to Sam Houston State 3-2 on Tuesday evening. The loss was the sixth straight for the Gents who could not cash in on a strong performance by the Centenary pitching staff.

 

Matt Clark (0-2) tossed 4.1 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, and only four hits although the southpaw did walk four batters. Kris Calhoun relieved the sophomore with 3.2 scoreless innings for the Gents while facing just two hitters over the minimum after giving up just one base hit and a walk.

 

Centenary (7-8) loaded the bases to begin the contest on two walks and a single by Tim Ryan. Justin Darr’s ground ball resulted in a RBI force out before an error on the first baseman allowed Ryan to score all the way from second. With only one out and runners on second and third, the Gents failed to add to their early lead when Jimmy Baker flew out to right field and Nate Santiago struck out swinging.

 

Sam Houston State (6-5) answered with a single run in the bottom half of the first. After two quick outs, Clark issued a base on balls, which was immediately followed by an error on Santiago at shortstop. With the inning still alive, Dustin Martin found an opening up the middle to cut the deficit in half for the home team.

 

The score remained 2-1 in Centenary’s favor until the Bearkats added two more runs in the fifth. Clint Mann led off the frame with a walk and two batters later Karl Krailo redeemed himself for his error in the first inning with a two-run homerun. With the blast, SHSU claimed the lead and would not surrender it the rest of the way.

 

Jesse Marshall picked up the win for Sam Houston State to improve to 1-0 on the season. He pitched 5.2 innings, struck out six Gents, and cruised after the initial hiccup to start the night. Matt Heinrich picked up his first save with 3.1 innings of scoreless three-hit ball.

 

Centenary will now have over a week off before traveling to face the Oklahoma Sooners in a three-game set beginning on Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m.