Gents Split Doubleheader with North Dakota State
Saturday, March 25, 2006

Files associated with this release:
Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Tim Ryan

Justin Huff

Alex Valdivia

Nate Santiago

Will Kaage

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team had no problems handling North Dakota State in Saturday’s doubleheader opener, cranking out 15 hits for a 12-2 victory.  The day’s second game was a different story the Gents matched the Bison hit-for-hit but stranded 11 runners on base in the 3-2 loss.


Tim Ryan had a career day for the Gents, collecting six hits, three RBI, and a pair of runs.  The senior lefty belted his third homerun of the season in the first game, a two-run shot over the rightfield fence in the second inning.


Justin Huff went three-for-three in the opener with three runs scored, while Alex Valdivia added a pair of hits and three RBI.  Shortstop Nate Santiago was also responsible for two hits and five RBI in the first contest.  Alex Maldonado scored three times as well.


Will Kaage (3-1) picked up the opening win in relief, tossing two innings of scoreless, one-hit ball.  Kris Calhoun earned his first save of the year after finishing the final four innings of scoreless play.


Centenary (11-14) plated two runs on NDSU miscues in the second game, including a failed pickoff to second with two runners in scoring position.  The Gents also perfectly executed a delayed double steal to push their lead to 2-0 in the second.


The Bison (2-18) answered back with a run in the fourth to pull within one.  They then led off the sixth with a triple to left center followed by a single up the middle to tie the score at 2-2.  After loading the bases later in the frame, Cam Feightner walked home the winning run before the Gents got out of the inning.


With one last shot in the seventh, the Gents loaded the bases with two-outs and a chance for a walkoff victory.  North Dakota State pitcher Jake Laber, who gave Centenary fits all day, jammed up Valdivia to force the game-ending pop up to second.


Centenary next travels to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a three game series next weekend.  The Gents return home to begin conference play against Western Illinois starting Saturday, April 8 with a doubleheader at noon.