Comeback Falls Short in Gents 7-5 Loss to TAMUCC
Sunday, April 2, 2006

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Box Score

Robbie Knowles

Justin Huff

Tim Ryan

Alex Maldonado

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Centenary baseball team scored four runs in the final three innings against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi but couldn’t overcome an early 5-1 deficit, falling 7-5 on Sunday afternoon. 


Three Gents (12-16) hit three triples in the loss, tying a single-game record for the Maroon and White.  Robbie Knowles, Tim Ryan, and Justin Huff each collected a three-bagger, each driving in runs in the process.  Knowles finished the day with three RBI.


Will Norman (3-2) earned the win for A&M-Corpus Christi (14-19), striking out 12 Gents in a complete game.  Three of his five runs were earned and he gave up seven hits and a pair of walks.


Will Kaage (3-2) picked up the loss for Centenary.  He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in two innings of work.


The Islanders plated five runs in the first three innings, followed by lone runs in the fifth and seventh.


Centenary put their first run on the board in the second with Alex Maldonado leading off with a single, followed by back-to-back sacrifice bunts by Huff and Alex Valdivia to move him to third.  Knowles then picked up his first RBI with a single through the right side to score Maldonado.


The Gents wouldn’t score again until the seventh, plating a pair on Knowles triple.  Maldonado, who again led off the inning with a base hit, scored along with Huff who reached on a fielder’s choice.


In the eighth, Huff’s triple scored Jimmy Baker to make the game a 7-4 contest.  Baker singled to left field for his only hit of the game.


Holding the Islanders in the eighth, the Gents had one last chance to pull out a come-from-behind victory.  Knowles was hit by a pitch in the leadoff spot, followed by Ryan’s RBI triple to left center, but Centenary was unable to produce any more runs.


The Gents return home as the open their 2006 Mid-Continent Conference season against Western Illinois.  The Leathernecks won three of five meetings last season, but the Centenary eliminated WIU from the postseason tournament with a 6-5 victory.