Early Deficit Sinks Gents Against #11 Arkansas
Wednesday, March 22, 2006

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Box Score

Jimmy Baker

Tim Ryan

Justin Huff

Cam Feightner

Derek Bross

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Centenary baseball team allowed seven Arkansas runs in the first three innings before taking control for the final six with a 4-1 scoring advantage, but the early lead by the 11th ranked Razorbacks was too much to overcome in the 8-5 loss.  The Gents relievers held their hosts to five hits over the latter span, striking out five in an effort to get the Maroon and White back in the hunt.


Jimmy Baker and Tim Ryan each collected a pair of hits as the Gents put nine knocks on the board to Arkansas’ 10.  Both squads stranded 11 runners on base.


Centenary (9-13) jumped on the boards first, leading off the first with a double by Ryan to left center.  With Torey Williams moving him to third on a sacrifice bunt, Matt Webb’s sac fly to right field brought in the first run of the game.


The Razorbacks (19-3) would respond with two runs in the first, three in the second, and another pair in the third.  Gents’ starter Johnny Noland (0-2) allowed all seven runs, six earned, on five hits and five walks.


Baker would drive in the Gents second run in the fifth, taking advantage of a two-out single by Williams and a hit batsman on Webb.  Nate Santigo would make it 7-3 an inning later, beating out an infield single to score Justin Huff who led off the innings with a double down the right field line.


After plating another Arkansas run in the sixth, catcher Alex Maldonado singled up the middle to score Baker who had walked and advanced on a passed ball.  Huff would score later in the inning on a wild pitch.  Maldonado also threw out a pair of Razorback runners on the basepaths.


The Gents bullpen held Arkansas to just one run in the final five innings of play.  Cam Feightner struck out three in two innings of scoreless relief while Derek Bross finished out the game with three innings of one-run, three hit ball.  He struck out a pair of Razorbacks in the process.


Centenary returns home to host North Dakota State for a three-game series starting Friday at 6 p.m.  Saturday will see a doubleheader starting at noon, with the dedication of the new Shehee Pavilion to take place just prior at 11 a.m.