ORU Claims Series Victory with Doubleheader Sweep Over Gents
Sunday, April 23, 2006

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Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Robbie Knowles

Matt Webb

Derek Bross

Kris Calhoun

Matt McGlathery

SHREVEPORT – After splitting the opening Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader on Saturday, Oral Roberts swept the Centenary baseball team in a Sunday twin-bill to claim a 3-1 series victory.  The Gents lost the opener 10-4 before falling in the nightcap 11-2.


Golden Eagles starters Daniel Greenwalt (3-2) and Nick Jones (4-3) both pitched complete game victories.  Johnny Noland (0-3) and David McElroy (3-1) picked up losses for the Gents.


Oral Roberts (22-13, 6-1 Mid-Con) was in control from the beginning, posting an 8-0 lead in the opener before the Gents scored in the sixth inning.  Centenary (16-25, 4-8 Mid-Con) would plate a pair in the sixth and another two in the eighth to make it a 10-4 contest.


Freshman Robbie Knowles went 3-for-4 at the plate in game one, adding a pair of runs.  Tim Ryan also had multiple hits with two, while Matt Webb drove in two runs on a pair of groundouts.


Noland tossed four innings of seven hit ball with only three of his runs allowed earned.  He struck out two before being replaced by Derek Bross who threw three innings, allowing four runs on four hits and also fanning a pair.  David Kees would close out the contest, holding the Golden Eagles hitless and scoreless through the final two innings.


The Golden Eagles scored in every inning but two in the nightcap, including three in the first and four in the sixth.  McElroy lasted just 1 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits.  He was replaced by a platoon of relievers, the most effective being Kris Calhoun for 2 2/3 innings.  Calhoun allowed two runs on three hits, but also struck out a game-best five batters.


Webb and Alex Maldonado both produced a pair of hits for Centenary, while Knowles and Justin Huff drove in the runs.  Freshman Matt McGlathery went 2-for2 on the day off the bench for his first two collegiate hits.


With what can be considered the toughest part of their conference schedule behind them, the Gents next travel to Chicago State for a four-game series next weekend.  Centenary swept the Cougars 4-0 last season in Shreveport.