Gents Turn Tables, Take Two from Western Illinois
Sunday, April 9, 2006

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

Matt Clark

Jimmy Baker

Matt Webb

Justin Darr

David McElroy

SHREVEPORT – A day after dropping a pair of Mid-Continent Conference games to visiting Western Illinois, the Centenary baseball team responded by sweeping Sunday’s doubleheader 6-4 and 13-3.  The Gents matched their solid pitching performances from Saturday and added aggressive and timely hitting to the mix, collecting 21 hits on the day.


Game one starter Matt Clark (1-3) dominated the Leathernecks on the mound, striking out eight batters in five innings of work.  He allowed just one run on five hit en route to his first victory of the season.


The Gents (14-18, 2-2 Mid-Con) scored all six of their runs in the opener in the first two innings, jumping on WIU starter Aaron Madill early.  Jimmy Baker went 3-for-3 while knocking in five runs, all on a pair of back-to-back doubles in the first and second innings.  The top of the Centenary order, Tim Ryan, Alex Valdivia, and Matt Webb, scored all six Gents runs.


Western Illinois (10-22, 2-2 Mid-Con) looked for a comeback, plating three runs in the seventh off Kris Calhoun before Johnny Noland and Cam Feightner closed the door on the Leathernecks chances.  Feightner picked up his first save of the season.


In the nightcap the Gents scored in every inning but the fourth, including eight in the first three innings.  The Gents loaded the bases in the fourth with one out, but Nate Santiago’s hard-hit liner right to WIU first baseman Matt Newquist allowed for the easy double play force out.


Baker added another pair of RBI in the contest, again on a double down the right field line in the first, scoring Valdivia and Webb who both walked.  Justin Huff added another double to the attack, scoring Baker before Alex Maldonado laid a perfect squeeze bunt down the first baseline to score Justin Darr.  Huff later scored on a wild pitch.


Darr would add to the offensive attack, nailing a bases-loaded single through the right side to score Ryan and Webb in the second.  He was one of six Gents with multiple-hit games and drove in four RBI.


Maldonado led the third inning attack on the Leathernecks, opening the stanza with a single to right field.  Freshman second baseman Robbie Knowles then connected with a double to the gap in left center to score Maldonado from first.  After a pair of walks to Santiago and Ryan to load the bases, Valdivia and Webb produced consecutive sacrifice flies to make it an 8-0 ball game.


Centenary added another run in the fifth as Webb scored on an RBI single by Darr, and another two in the sixth by Maldonado and Seth Salinas.  Every Gent starter scored a run in the game, while Webb crossed home three times


David McElroy (3-0) picked up the win for the Gents, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits in five innings.  Freshman Derek Bross finished the job giving up one run on a hit and a walk in two innings of relief.


Next up for the Gents in a four-game road series at Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah, on Friday and Saturday.  The Thunderbirds are coming off a 3-1 series split with Valparaiso.