Big Inning Lifts Gents over North Dakota State 12-8
Friday, March 24, 2006

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Box Score

Jimmy Baker

Tim Ryan

Matt Clark

Torey Williams

Cam Feightner

SHREVEPORT – Looking at a three run deficit in the bottom of the eighth, the Centenary baseball team pounded North Dakota State for seven runs in the bottom of the frame to claim a 12-8 victory.  Playing in unseasonably cold weather more suited to the visitors from Fargo, the Gents bats caught fire at the right time for the come-from-behind victory.


Jimmy Baker and Tim Ryan each collected a pair of hits for the Gents (10-13), with Baker driving in four runs and Ryan three.  Ryan also scored three runs batting in the leadoff spot.


North Dakota State (1-17) put the Gents in an early hole, plating four runs in the third inning off starter Matt Clark.  Clark tossed seven strong innings, striking out six Bison batters while giving up four runs on seven hits.  He was removed with a 5-4 lead in the eighth.


Centenary scored their first run in the third as Matt Webb was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.  For the second time this season, Webb tied the Gents single game record by recording three hit by pitches.  Baker would single to left center a batter later to cut the lead to 4-2.


Ryan tied the game an inning later with a two-RBI double to left center, scoring on the next at-bat as Torey Williams singled him home.


Holding on to a one run lead, Kris Calhoun took the mound for Clark in the eighth with a 504 lead.  North Dakota State took advantage of a pair of walks to score four runs in the frame, retaking the lead at 8-5.


Not willing to let the Bison take home the win, the Gents loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs as Nate Santiago beat out a would-be sacrifice bunt for an infield single.  Ryan picked up his third RBI with a walk, followed by a sacrifice fly by Williams to pull within one.


Webb would then get tagged with his third hit batsman, loading the bases for Baker to clear with a triple past the fully-committed Bison centerfielder.  Alex Maldonado would sacrifice Baker home with a perfect bunt down the third baseline, reaching on a throwing error by the third baseman.  Alex Valdivia then knocked Maldonado home with a double down the left field line to complete the Centenary comeback.


Cam Feightner (2-1) picked up the win for the Gents, throwing two-innings of three-strikeout ball in relief.


Centenary and North Dakota State finish their series with a doubleheader starting at noon tomorrow.  The new Shehee Pavillion will be dedicated an hour earlier at 11 a.m.