Gents Upset Bid Falls Short at #23 Oklahoma
Sunday, March 12, 2006


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Tim Ryan

Matt Webb

Justin Darr

Alex Maldonado

Jimmy Baker

NORMAN, Okla. – The Centenary baseball team rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to force a tie with 23rd ranked Oklahoma, but couldn’t hold on as the Sooners responded in the bottom of the ninth for a 7-6 victory.  The Gents outhit OU 13-11, but three singles in the ninth for the Sooners sealed the one-run victory.

 

Down 6-2 in the eighth, Tim Ryan and Matt Webb led off the inning with back-to-back singles followed by a walk to Jimmy Baker to load the bases.  Justin Darr then singled up the middle, driving home a pair, and Justin Huff and Alex Maldonado also added RBI hits to knot the game at six.

 

Cam Feightner (0-1) held the ship in the bottom half of the inning, allowing the Gents (7-11) another shot to take the lead in the ninth.  Centenary couldn’t plate another run despite putting a pair of runners on, leaving the Sooners (16-4) a chance to answer in the ninth. 

 

After giving up consecutive singles to put runners on the corners, Feightner intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases with no outs.  Oklahoma came through, picking up the game-winning single through the right side by Kody Kaiser.

 

Feightner gave up allowed one run on four hits in an inning and two thirds of work in relief.  He took over for Johnny Noland in the seventh after the southpaw starter tossed 101 pitches in six and a third innings.  He allowed six runs on seven hits for no decision.

 

Four Gents collected a pair of hits in the game, as Ryan, Darr, Huff, and Maldonado eached collected two.  Darr and Maldonado would both drive in a pair of runs while Baker scored twice, including once on a solo homerun over the centerfield wall in the sixth.

 

Centenary returns home to Shehee Stadium looking to end their nine game losing streak against Alcorn State.  The Gents host the Braves for a three-game series starting on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.