Southern Utah Claims Series Victory Over Gents with Pair of Saturday Wins
Saturday, April 15, 2006

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Box Score - Game 2
Box Score - Game 3
Box Score - Game 4

Justin Darr

Matt Clark

Tim Ryan

Johnny Noland

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Southern Utah took two of three games from the Centenary baseball team on Saturday, including a 6-5 extra-inning win from a postponed game, to pull off a series victory over the weekend.  The Thunderbirds dropped the next game 7-4 before rallying in the bottom of the seventh of the last game for a 4-3 victory.


The Gents (15-21, 3-5 Mid-Con) initially fell in the completion of Friday’s second game, postponed in the fifth at 5-5 because of rain and lightning.  Centenary jumped to an early 4-0 lead in the first, thanks to back-to-back-to-back RBI hits by Justin Darr, Jimmy Baker, and Tim Ryan. 


SUU (20-13, 6-2 Mid-Con) would answer back with four runs in the next five innings, tying the contest at 5-5 before the postponement was initiated.  Kali’i Zablan would score the winning run on a Trevor Dimick single after reaching third on a failed pickoff attempt by losing pitcher Kris Calhoun (1-3).


The second game saw a solid pitching performance by sophomore Matt Clark (2-3), earning his second win of the season after tossing 7 1/3 innings of six-hit ball for three runs.


Ryan collected three hits in the game, including his third triple of the year, to lead four Gents in double-hit numbers. Matt Webb, Darr, and Nate Santiago all added a pair of base-knocks to the fold, with Webb driving in a pair of runs with a double down the leftfield line in the seventh.


Cam Feightner would close out the game, tossing 1 2/3 inning of slid relief work, coming in with a 7-3 lead.


The final game of the series saw a pitcher’s duel between Centenary’s Johnny Noland and Southern Utah’s Matt Wilson.  Noland would earn a no-decision with a six-inning, five-hit, two-run performance.  Wilson got his fourth victory of the season with a complete-game, six-hit show.  He struck out seven batters while not allowing an earned run in the process.


Centenary scored three runs in the sixth, including and RBI single by Darr and and two-RBI single by Torey Williams to take a comfortable lead.  Southern Utah would answer, however, hitting the Gents for four runs in the bottom half of the final seventh inning for the win.


Justin Sotelo would knock the game, and series, winning sacrifice fly to cap a last ditch effort for a series victory.


The Gents return home to host the Mid-Continent Conference preseason favorite Oral Roberts for a four-game series at Shehee Stadium.  A pair of doubleheaders is set to start at 12 noon on Saturday.