Gents Open Mid-Con Play with Doubleheader loss to Western Illinois
Saturday, April 8, 2006

Files associated with this release:
Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Brandon Fulenchek

Will Kaage

Matt Webb

Jimmy Baker

Alex Maldonado

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary baseball team started their 2006 Mid-Continent Conference season on a down note, dropping both games of the opening doubleheader to Western Illinois 1-0 and 6-2.  The Gents starting pitchers turned in strong performances but the home bats couldn’t back them up.


Game one starter Brandon Fulenchek found himself in a pitcher’s duel with the Leathernecks’ Quinn Leath to start off the day.  Leath tossed eight innings of scoreless one-hit ball while Fulenchek allowed no runs on four hits in seven frames.


Western Illinois (10-20, 2-0 Mid-Con) plated the only run of the opener in the top of the ninth inning.  Tyler Johnson singled to left with one out, leading to an error by Gents shortstop Nate Santiago on a double-play ball that would have ended the inning.  Instead, the Leathernecks remained alive, drawing a walk on Kris Calhoun (1-2) to load the bases.  Joe Pacyga the singled up the middle to score Johnson before Centenary got out of the inning on a double play the next at-bat.


Bobby Mahon picked up the first of two saves on the day in the game.  He struck out one and walked one in the ninth, holding the Gents hitless in the process.


In the second game, Gents starter Will Kaage went five innings, allowing just one run on seven hits.  He was also embroiled in a pitcher’s duel with John Paul Shore (2-3), leaving the game tied 1-1 in the sixth.  Shore lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.


The Gents (12-18, 0-2 Mid-Con) jumped on the board early with a 1-0 lead in the first.  Tim Ryan led off with a double down the leftfield line and was advanced over by Justin Huff a batter later.  Ryan would be thrown out at home on Matt Webb’s squeeze attempt, which ignited a two-out rally.  Webb then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, allowing Jimmy Baker to single Webb home through the left side.


Western Illinois would respond in the second as TJ Kistner singled off the glove of diving Gents first baseman Torey Williams with two down.  Nick Simmons followed suit with a single up the middle, leading to an RBI hit through the left side by Pacyga to score Kistner.


The Leathernecks would add another pair of runs in the sixth off Jon Christian (2-3) as Johnson doubled and Kistner singled to put runners on the corners with one out.  Simmons then drove Johnson home with a sacrifice fly to right while Kistner later scored on an RBI single by Pacyga.


Centenary would also score in the sixth, as Webb and Baker tagged Shore for back-to-back hits, including a double by Baker to left center, forcing the Leathernecks to bring in Mahon with a 3-1 lead an two runners in scoring position.  Gents catcher Alex Maldonado, also the team’s RBI leader, came through with a single to the edge of the infield dirt to score Webb. 


Visiting WIU padded their lead in the seventh and final inning, scoring three runs off Cam Feightner.  Feightner gave up the three runs on two his and four walks in the frame.


Centenary and Western Illinois tangle again on Sunday at noon.  Probable starters from the Gents are Matt Clark and David McElroy, while the Leathernecks are expected to throw Aaron Madill and Jon Adams.