Gents Eliminated From Mid-Con Tourney With 10-5 Loss to Oakland
Friday, May 26, 2006

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Jimmy Baker

Justin Darr

Nate Santiago

Alex Valdivia

TULSA, Okla.- Playing in the opening consolation game of the 2006 Mid-Continent Conference baseball tournament after a heartbreaking extra-inning loss to Oral Roberts, Centenary fell to Oakland 10-5 and was eliminated from Play.


The Golden Grizzlies got to Gents starter Matt Clark early, scoring three runs in the first two innings on six hits.  Oakland plated one run in the first on back-to-back singles while scoring twice in the second frame.


Centenary answered back in the third with a pair of runs on RBI singles by Justin Darr and Jimmy Baker.  Nate Santiago and Tim Ryan scored on the hits before Matt Webb grounded into a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded to end the inning down 3-2.


Keeping the scoring steady, OU added another run in the third with a leadoff single before Will Kaage relieved Clark on the mound.  A double on the next at-bat put a pair of runners in scoring position, followed by an RBI fielder’s choice as Santiago tagged the runner on second out in the base path.


Not to be outdone, the Gents took their first lead of game in the fifth off a three-run homerun off by Baker to make it a 5-4 ballgame.  Ryan led off the frame with a hit batsman before Alex Valdivia’s single fell into right.  After what would turn out to be an unneeded sacrifice bunt by Darr, Baker connected with a solid shot that sailed over the wall in left center.


Oakland made sure to make a game out of it, retaking the lead in the fifth with a pair of runs.  The Golden Grizzlies took advantage of two errors by the Centenary corner outfielders and scoring on a two-RBI double by Drew Jenson.


Looking to turn the tide once again, the Gents squandered the bases loaded with one out and the heart of the order at the plate.  Darr connected with a solid line drive to the second baseman before Baker struck out swinging to end the threat.


The Golden Grizzles would hold serve the rest of the way, adding another four runs in the process.