Gents Can't Find Bats Against Little Rock, Fall 15-0
Sunday, March 18, 2007


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Johnny Noland went 4 1/3 innings
in the loss Sunday to Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The bats just didn’t show up for the Centenary baseball team (10-15) Sunday, as the Gents fell to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock (10-11), 15-0, at Hogan Field. With the win, the Trojans completed a three-game sweep of Centenary.

Registering just three hits over nine innings, the Gents were shutout for the third time this season and second time in the weekend series against the Trojans. The three hits set a new season low for hits in a game this season for Centenary.

The Trojans took a 3-0 lead early in Sunday’s game, scoring three runs in the second inning.

Started by Osvaldo Torres and Brian Asbill getting on to start the inning, senior infielder Matt King hit a single up the middle to score two runs and give Arkansas-Little Rock the early advantage. Later in the inning, freshman outfielder Brad Swiderski doubled to left to score junior Tommy Mousel from first, giving the Trojans the three-run lead.

In the fourth with runners at second and third, a high popup by Trojan senior Ryan Gotcher eluded the Centenary infield, bouncing to the right of the pitchers mound and scoring two runs for Arkansas-Little Rock. Not fielded by Centenary pitcher Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), who lost the ball in the sun, Gotcher’s popup was just out of the reach of a diving Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) to score the two-runs for the Trojans and give the home team a 5-0 lead.

Centenary was just unable to come back after giving up five runs and garnering only one hit over the first four innings.

Little Rock junior Robert Taylor and King both had RBI’s in the fifth to extend the lead to 7-0 for the Trojans.

Allowing two hits over seven innings and picking up his third win of the 2007 season, Trojan freshman left-hander Ashur Tolliver pitched a gem of a game for Little Rock. Walking just one batter and striking out four, Tolliver did not allow a Centenary runner reach second in his seven innings of work.

Noland pitched 4 1/3 innings in the start for the Gents, allowing seven hits and striking out three.

In the fourth and what may be viewed as the key inning, in which UALR scored two to extend it to a five-run lead, Noland struck out Swiderski with runners at second and third, giving the Gents two outs. The Gent junior lefthander would have gotten out of the inning unscathed, but the Gotcher popup couldn’t be fielded cleanly by Centenary, leading to the two runs.

For the game, the Trojans registered 18 hits, led by senior Brian Smiley going 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. King went 4-for-4 in Sunday’s game with three RBI.

Over Saturday’s and Sunday’s games with Little Rock, the Gents allowed a combined 30 runs.

Centenary, falling in their last four games, looks to put an end to the losing streak when it hosts the University of Arkansas at Shehee Stadium Wednesday.

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