Gents Fall in a Doubleheader to Oral Roberts
Saturday, April 12, 2008

SHREVEPORT – It was a tough day for the Centenary baseball team, as it fell in a doubleheader to Oral Roberts, 8-4, and, 7-3, Saturday afternoon in Summit League action at Shehee Stadium.


Game one


After less than 15 hours from the completion of Friday’s game, Centenary found some early momentum, plating three runs in the third. The Gents were able to put a three spot up on Teddy Saenz and Cameron Penney’s RBIs.


In the fifth, ORU was able to scratch across on a run, on a Brian Van Kirk sacrifice fly to centerfield. However, Gents starting pitcher Justin Kraft didn’t let the run affect him and was able to get out of the fifth with the lead.


Centenary was held scoreless in its half of the fifth and ORU got the momentum to swing back to them. The Golden Eagles had three runs cross the plate on three hits, as Juan Martinez picked-up his two RBIs on a double.


The Gents were able to make it a one run game in the eighth on a Steele Lewis single through the middle. But with the bases juiced and nobody out Centenary ran itself out of the inning.  A Gent was on second trying to move over to third, but ended up being hit by the ball for the first out. Ricky Imperiali, who came home on the play was sent back third base and the next two batters struck and lined out.  


For the game, Tim Deering had a perfect day at the dish going 3-for-3 with run, while Penney was 2-for-5 with the aforementioned two RBIs. Kraft (6-2) took the loss, tossing 8.1 innings, allowing 15 hits, eight runs, five earned, four walks, but fanned three.


Game two


The Gents clawed back in the nightcap, tying the game in third inning with two runs crossing the plate. With two-out, Alex Maldonado doubled to the gap scoring Penney and Ryan Bernsen.


In the next half inning, ORU scored three runs to retake a lead they would never give back. During the four innings Centenary was only able to get two base runners on, as Imperiali reached on an error and Saenz singled to center.


Individually, the Gents didn’t have anybody with more than a hit, but Tim Deering did get his seventh RBI of the season in the second inning. On the mound, Joe Hagen (0-3) went six innings, giving up seven hits, six runs, five earned, with three walks and three strike outs. 


It will be the same two teams on Sunday for a single game starting at 12:00 p.m. and the game can also be heard on