Gents Fall in Late Innings Against Kansas State
Saturday, February 17, 2007

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Will Kaage went seven innings
in Saturday's loss to Kansas State

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Kansas State (2-0) scored three runs in the eighth inning to capture a 6-5 comeback win over the Centenary baseball team (4-5) Saturday at the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic, held at Shehee Stadium.

Leading the Wildcats for majority of Saturday’s game, the Gents just couldn’t close out the contest Saturday, allowing three runs in the eighth.

In the deciding inning, the first six Kansas State batters reached recorded hits, leading to three runs to take a 6-5 lead over the Gents.

With two on in the eighth, pinch-hitter Derek Bunker roped a double to center field, scoring the first of the three runs.

Kansas State shortstop Eli Rumler followed Bunker with a single to center field, scoring Jordan Cruz from third and tying the game at 5-5. Catcher Rob Vaughn had the final RBI hit of the inning, hitting a single to right field to score Bunker.

Over the final two innings, Centenary was unable to duplicate the magic that it possessed earlier in the game. Daniel Edwards closed out the one-run victory for the Wildcats, pitching two no-hit innings to record his first save of the season, ending any chances of a Gent comeback.

All five Centenary runs came in the bottom of the third inning.

Senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) led off the inning with a single to right field, later scoring on a wild pitch by Kansas State pitcher Ben Hornbeck.

Still in the third with runners at second and third, senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) hit a single to center field, scoring Cameron Penny (San Diego, Calif.) and Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) to give Centenary a 3-1 lead. Junior Alex Maldonado (Whitter, Calif.) added an RBI-single down the first-base line, scoring Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.), while Darr would score the fifth and final run on a Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) fielder’s choice.

Keeping the Wildcats at bay early, senior Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) allowed three runs through seven innings, giving up three in the eighth for the loss.

The Gents Baseball Classic continues Sunday, with Centenary participating in both contests. The Gents face Penn State at 10 a.m., following by a return matchup against Kansas State at 1 p.m.

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