Gents Drop Marathon to Golden Eagles
Saturday, April 12, 2008

SHREVEPORT – After looking like a harmless nine inning affair, the Centenary and Oral Roberts baseball teams took it to the extreme, going an astonishing 16 innings. However, in the end Centenary couldn’t put one last rally together, falling to the Golden Eagles, 10-9, in Summit League action on Friday night at Shehee Stadium.


The Gents holding a 4-1 lead in the sixth, allowed ORU to slowly craw back into the game, as the Golden Eagles plated two in the sixth and then tied the contest in the seventh. However, Centenary retook the lead in the seventh on a Teddy Saenz single down the right field line.


Centenary held on to a 5-4 lead with one out in the ninth, ORU then had seven straight batters reach base. That helped the Golden Eagles to score five runs in that inning and take what seemed to be a win.


With their backs against the wall the Gents railed to score four, but it wasn’t without a bit of controversy. Centenary had the bases loaded with one out and Tim Deering was hit by a pitch and sent down to first, scoring in Mike Davis. But after a protest by ORU, it was determined that Deering had stuck his arm out, which ended up just being a painful strike and Davis was sent back to the third.


Still with one out, Deering stepped back in the box grounded into a fielders choice, scoring Davis to tie the contest at nine. With two down, Steele Lewis had the crowd on their feet in hopes of ending the game, but the Kingsville, Ontario, native flew out to send the game into extra innings.


During free baseball, both teams couldn’t put anything together; leaving the game knotted at nine going into the 16th. To start the top half of the inning Ben Petralli walked then moved to second on a wild pitch and later scored on a single by David Genao, who had three RBIs to tie for the game-high.


With the starting pitchers long gone by the end of the game, it was up to the bullpens, as Joe Hagen (0-2) took the loss for Centenary after pitching two innings. Getting the win for ORU was Carlos Luna (7-0), who now leads the nation in wins.


The same two teams will back at Saturday afternoon for an official doubleheader starting at 12 p.m.