Gents Close Out Non-Conference Slate with 7-5 Loss to SHSU
Tuesday, April 18, 2006


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Robbie Knowles

Torey Williams

Justin Huff

Jimmy Baker

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team completed their 2006 non-conference schedule with a 7-5 loss to visiting Sam Houston State.  A controversial play at the plate ended the Gents comeback hopes after trailing by three with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

 

With runners on first and second with two down in the ninth, freshman Robbie Knowles knocked a deep shot into the gap in right center, scoring Torey Williams from second easily.  Attempting to score from first, Alex Maldonado appeared to have gotten the outside angle on a headfirst slide home but was called out by the home plate official to end the game.

 

Williams would lead the Gents (15-21) with three hits on the night while Knowles added a pair.  Justin Huff also got a hold of a pair of hits, driving in three runs in the process.  Williams also scored three times while Jimmy Baker crossed the plate twice.

 

Sam Houston State (21-18) got to an early 2-0 lead after scoring single runs in the first and third innings.  The Gents would respond in the fourth, singling to centerfield with two outs and the bases loaded to score Baker and Williams.

 

Centenary starter Derek Bross earned a no decision in his first collegiate start.  He gave up two runs on six hits in four innings of work before being relieved by Jon Christian.  Christian (2-5) would throw another 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits to pick up the loss.  Senior Cam Feightner would close out the final 2/3 of the game for the Gents.

 

The Gents rallied back again in the sixth after falling behind 4-2.  Maldonado would score Baker on a sacrifice fly to right field while Huff again knotted the game with his second RBI single to center.

 

With a chance to take the lead, the Gents loaded the bases in the sixth but Bearkats winning pitcher Brandon Alford struck out Alex Valdivia and Matt Webb to end the threat.  Centenary stranded 13 runners in the game while SHSU almost matched with 12.

 

With the non-conference slate behind them, the Gents next host defending Mid-Continent Conference champions Oral Roberts to Shehee Stadium for a four-game series.  Centenary and the Golden Eagles faced each other six times last season, including twice in the Mid-Con tournament, with ORU taking all six contests.