Chapman Shuts Down Gents, ORU wins 12-1
Friday, May 11, 2007


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Teddy Saenz had two of
the Gent's three hits in the loss

TULSA, Okla. -- Centenary (23-25, 6-7) ran into a roadblock in Friday’s game at Oral Roberts (30-15, 12-1). That roadblock was ORU starting pitcher Chance Chapman, who paced the Golden Eagles to a 12-1 victory at Johnson Stadium.

Now with a 6-1 record with a Mid-Con leading 110 strikeouts, Chapman was brilliant on the bump for the Golden Eagles Friday, going the distance for his first complete game of the season. Nationally-ranked as a strikeout pitcher, the 6-foot-4 right-hander struck out a career-high 19 batters, allowing just three hits and one run. He struck out the side in two of his nine innings, setting a new school record for strikeouts in a single game.

Behind Chapman’s pitching, Oral Roberts used a four-run fourth inning to take control of Friday’s game.

Leading off the fourth, ORU junior Brian Van Kirk hit a solo home run to right to tie the game at 1-1. For the game, Van Kirk was one of two ORU batters to finish with three hits, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

Following Van Kirk’s homer, junior Adam Younger doubled to left, scoring senior Pat Warfle and giving the Golden Eagles a 2-1 lead.

Brendan Duffy and Jake Kahaulelio both added RBI-singles later in the fourth to build the ORU lead to 4-1, more than enough runs for Chapman to pick up the victory.

Van Kirk and Warfle added RBI-doubles in the seventh, followed by ORU senior Carter McQuigg’s two-run homer to push the Golden Eagles’ lead to 8-1 after seven.

Kelly Minissale added a two-run home run in the eighth for the Golden Eagles.

Centenary actually took a 1-0 lead in the third Friday when senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) grounded out to first, scoring teammate Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) from third. Saenz led off the inning with a single to right, advancing to second on a wild pitch and stealing third.

After the third, Centenary was no-hit by Chapman for the next five innings, unable to stage any sort of comeback due to the hot pitching of the ORU starter.

Gent starting pitcher Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) pitched 3 1/3 innings in the loss, allowing seven hits and four runs. Freshman Dakota Robinson (Bossier City) did not allow a run in 1 2/3 innings of relief for the Gents, entering the game for Kaage in the fourth.

Junior Jason Blilie (Roanoke, Texas) made his debut for the Gents on the mound, pitching an inning of relief in the eighth, not allowing a run.

With Friday’s win, Oral Roberts moved its record at Johnson Stadium to 21-2 this season, by far the best home record in the conference.

Centenary looks to recover from Friday’s tough loss with a strong showing in a doubleheader scheduled for a 2 p.m. start Saturday. Taking the mound for the Gents will be Mid-Con wins leader Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas), along with junior Jeremy Sheehan (Bonners Springs, Kan.).