Gents Baseball Captures First Win of Season
Friday, February 9, 2007

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Fulenchek went seven innings
for the win Friday

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (1-3) rode the pitching of senior Brandon Fulenchek to capture its first win of the season Friday, defeating Jackson State (0-1), 7-2, at Shehee Stadium.

Having to brave 30-degree temperatures to start the game, Centenary got up early on the Tigers, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

After senior outfielder Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) led off the game for the Gents with a single, fellow-senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) reached on a fielding error by Tigers shortstop LaDerek Camper. Huff scored on the misplayed ball, helping the Gents to the early lead.

In the top of the following inning, what could have been a turning point for Jackson State was thwarted by the determined effort of Fulenchek and the Centenary players.

With the bases loaded and just one out on the board, Fulenchek bared down and focused on the players at the plate. Striking out infielder Kevin Patterson for the second out in the inning, Fulenchek induced a fly ball by Camper to get out of the inning without allowing a run. The efforts of the senior lefty from McKinney, Texas helped preserve the early lead for the Gents.

Falling behind by a run after Jackson State scored two in the top of the fifth, Centenary would retake the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.), who led the Gents with three RBI in Friday’s win, keyed the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single to centerfield, scoring senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) from third.

The game was put away with a four-run Centenary eighth, led off by back-to-back hits by Huff and junior Cameron Penny (San Diego, Calif.). After Darr drew a bases-loaded walk from pitcher Steven Collins, scoring Huff, Maldonado roped a single to left to score two runs for the Gents and clinch the team’s first win of the season.

Junior Aaron Bronson (Kent, Wash.) allowed just one hit over the final two innings to earn his first save of the season. Fulenchek (1-0) went seven strong innings, striking out four and allowing two runs.

The two teams conclude the three-game set with a doubleheader Saturday at Shehee Stadium. First pitch in the doubleheader is set for noon, with Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) and Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) taking the hill for the Gents.

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