Gents Get Handed a Tough Loss by ORU
Friday, May 23, 2008

TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team was not a gracious host to Centenary on Thursday evening in The Summit League Championship. The Gents were downed by ORU, 11-5, in the opening round of the double elimination conference tournament.

Things started good for Centenary, as Jomar Tabor led the game off with a single to left field. However, Tabor was picked-off of second after being caught too far from the bag, and that sent the Gents into a downward spiral.

The Golden Eagles' lead-off hitter, Brendan Duffy, reached base on a fielding error, which helped spark a six-run inning. Justin Kraft (9-5) lasted only one inning and gave up all six runs; one earned, while walking two and striking out one.

Johnny Noland, meanwhile, pitched well in relief of Kraft, as he went seven innings, scattered five hits, allowed five runs, four of which were earned, walked four and fanned a season-high six.

Steele Lewis led the Gents batters, as he was 3-for-4 with a run, while Cameron Penney, Ryan Bernsen and Tim Deering each collected two hits. Bernsen and Deering also knocked in a team-best two runs.

For the Golden Eagles, Brian Van Kirk was 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, while Michael Notaro, David Genao and Juan Martinez each platted a pair of runs.

Up next for Centenary will be Southern Utah at 11 a.m. on Friday in the elimination game, and the winner will play either ORU or Western Illinois in the nightcap starting at 7 p.m. The games will be heard on www.gocentenary.com and live stats can seen on www.orugoldeneagles.com.