Gents Complete Series Sweep of Jackson State
Saturday, February 10, 2007

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Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Justin Huff finished the series
hitting .500 over the three games

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team (3-3) found their bats in Saturday’s doubleheader with Jackson State (0-3), scoring a combined 20 runs Saturday to sweep the three-game series with the Tigers at Shehee Stadium.

Winning Game 1 Saturday by a score of 13-6, the Gents dug deep into their emotional pocket to edge out Jackson State, 7-6, in Game 2.

No one Gents hitter led the offensive onslaught Saturday, but rather a combined team effort, registering 24 runs over the two games.

Senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas), along with juniors Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Cameron Penny (San Diego, Calif.) and Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) all finished the series hitting over .400. Junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) led the Gents with five RBI in three games.

Following Saturday’s doubleheader, Centenary travels up the road to Natchitoches, facing Northwestern State Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Brown Stroud Field.

Game 1 - Centenary 13, Jackson State 6

Centenary jumped on the Jackson State pitching early, scoring eight runs over the first three innings of the contest.

After scoring two runs in the first to open the game, a four-run second inning gave the Gents an early 6-2 lead on the Tigers.

In the second, the first three Centenary batters reached base, leading to a bases-loaded RBI double to right by Huff, scoring Sanchez and Saenz. The scoring in the inning was capped by a sacrifice fly by senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.), who went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases in Game 1.

Ahead 10-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning and the bases loaded, junior Jason Blilie (Roanoke, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Penny and building onto the six-run lead. The following batter, Sanchez, would rope a double to right, scoring Webb and Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) to give Centenary the 13 runs and a new season high for runs in a game.

Junior Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) pitched seven solid innings for the win, allowing six hits and striking out six batters for his first victory of the season. Sheehan stranded seven batters in his seven innings of work.

Game 2 - Centenary 7, Jackson State 6 (9 innings)

Dramatics and lady luck went to the Gents in the series finale with Jackson State, as Centenary came from behind to capture the victory in extra innings.

In the ninth and final inning, Sanchez walked, later stealing second to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. With an 0-1 count, junior infielder Tim Kelleher (Chicago) hit a blooper to left, just out of reach of the forward-diving Tigers’ outfielder, Doyle Harrington.

Delaying his run at second, Sanchez broke past third, touching home for the game-winning run for Centenary.

The Gents had to battle back down two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

After Webb led off the inning with a single to left, Maldonado went the opposite way to put the tying runs on for the Gents.

With luck on their side, Centenary would benefit from an bad throw by third baseman Kevin Patterson on a Blilie fielder’s choice, allowing Webb to score from second. On the play, Patterson went for the out at second base, throwing the ball into centerfield and cutting the Gents’ deficit to just a run.

The tying run came on a fielder’s choice by Sanchez, scoring Maldonado from third and putting the game into extra innings, leading to the dramatic ninth inning.

Scoring the game-winning run, Sanchez hit .500 for the series, scoring four runs with three RBI and four stolen bases.

Freshman Dakota Robinson (Shreveport) picked up his first-career win, pitching 3 1/3 innings in relief and striking out four. Starter Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and striking out three.

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