Gents Split Hard-Fought Doubleheader with Oral Roberts
Saturday, April 22, 2006

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Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Nate Santiago

Justin Huff

Kris Calhoun

Robbie Knowles

Matt Webb

SHREVEPORT – Hosting the defending Mid-Continent Conference champions to a four-game series, the Centenary baseball team split the opening doubleheader 8-7 and 5-3 in a pair of closely fought battles.  The Gents used a seven run inning in the opener to propel them to their first win over the Golden Eagles since joining the Mid-Con before falling just short in the second game with a bases loaded in the last at-bats.


The Golden Eagles (20-13, 4-1 Mid-Con) jumped to a 4-0 lead in the opener, plating single runs in the first, second, fourth, and fifth innings.  Centenary (16-23, 4-6 Mid-Con) would respond by putting up a seven spot in the fifth. 


Nate Santiago led off the rally with a walk, advancing to second on an error by ORU third baseman Carter McQuigg on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Justin Huff.  After a strikeout by starter Taylor McIntyre (1-4), the Gents put together back-to-back-to-back singles followed by three straight walks, including consecutive free passes with the bases loaded to Alex Maldonado and Robbie Knowles.  Having batted around the inning, Santiago knocked a two-RBI single to right side in his second at-bat of the inning.  The Golden Eagles would get out of a jam though, forcing Huff into a double-play line-out to second baseman Jake Kahaulelio.


Oral Roberts would score again in the seventh to make it a 7-5 ballgame, but the Gents answered back with a run of their own that inning.  With two-outs, Knowles led the rally with a bunt single down the third baseline, immediately stealing second a batter later.  Santiago then forced a walk, and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch by Chance Chapman.  Huff then beat out a single to Kahaulelio to score Knowles before Santiago got caught in a rundown to end the inning.


With the Gents up 8-5, ORU kept the game close by plating another run in the eighth before Andy Bouchie hit his second homerun of the game in the ninth with two outs to pull within one.  Cam Feightner would hold the fort, striking out Travis DeBondt to hand the Golden Eagles their first ever loss in Shehee Stadium.


Kris Calhoun (2-3) picked up the win for the Gents with 3 1/3 innings of solid relief.  He allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out three.  He replaced starter Brandon Fulenchek in the fifth, who also pitched well despite allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits.  Feightner earned his second save of the season with 1 1/3 of one-run ball, fanning a pair.


The second match-up saw a last-inning Gents rally fall just short in the loss.  Down 5-2 in the seventh, Maldonado opened the frame with a single while moving to second two batters later on a walk by Alex Valdivia.  Tim Ryan then singled through the left side, loading the bases with one out.  A sacrifice fly by Matt Webb to left field scored pinch-runner Seth Salinas, but ORU got out of the jam with a forced groundout to short for the final out.


Will Kaage (3-3) earned the loss, giving up three runs on 10 hits in four innings of work.  His counterpart, Chris Ashman (6-1) threw 6 1/3 innings for the Golden Eagles, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits while striking out five.  Closer Sean Jarrett picked up his Mid-Con leading fourth save for Oral Roberts.


Centenary and ORU will battle each other in another doubleheader scheduled for 12 noon on Sunday.