Baseball Falls in Close Encounter with Arkansas-Little Rock
Friday, March 16, 2007

Fulenchek went seven innings
in Friday's loss to Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Junior David Klumpp threw a complete-game four-hitter to lead Arkansas-Little Rock (8-11) to a 1-0 win over the Centenary baseball game (10-13) Friday at Hogan Field.

Behind five strikeouts over nine innings, Klumpp allowed just one hit over the final three innings to earn his second win of the season. Throwing 109 pitches, Klumpp helped the Trojans end a eight-game losing streak with Friday’s win over the Gents.

In a fast-paced pitchers dual, the winning run for Arkansas-Little Rock came in the seventh inning.

With two outs on the board for the Gents, Trojan first baseman Brent Lawler hit a bloop single to left to extend the inning for Little Rock. Originally breaking back when the ball came off of Lawler’s bat, the single wrong-footed Centenary leftfielder Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) to drop in left.

The following batter, Brian Smiley, lined a single through the left side of the infield, moving Lawler to second and putting the go-ahead run in scoring position.

UALR junior outfielder Osvaldo Torres brought home the lone and game-winning run for the Trojans, driving a single up the middle to bring home Lawler from second.

Klumpp sealed the win for the home team with a 1-2-3 ninth, inducing two fly balls and a groundout to close the game.

In the top of the ninth inning for the Gents, Sanchez appeared to catch all of a Klumpp 3-2 pitch, driving the ball to right. The ball, at first looking like a game-tying home run, hung up in the night air and died at the warning track for a harmless fly ball.

Not to be overlooked, the effort of Centenary pitcher Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) should be complemented. Going seven strong innings, Fulenchek struck out three and allowed 10 hits. Mostly allowing singles to the Trojans, Fulenchek kept UALR at bay for the first six innings of the game.

The game registered as the fastest game thus far in the 2007 season for the Gents, ending in 1 hour and 54 minutes and showing the brilliance of both starting pitchers.

Centenary and Arkansas-Little Rock continue with Game 2 of the three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m.