Gents Fall to Northwestern State 5-4 Tuesday
Tuesday, February 13, 2007

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Noland struck out seven
in the start Tuesday
against the Demons

NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Centenary (3-4) fell 5-4 to Northwestern State (1-3) Tuesday at Brown-Stroud Field, ending a three-game winning streak for the Gents.

In a game that featured several questionable calls by the umpiring crew, the Demons used a three-run third inning to earn their first victory of the season.

With one out in the bottom of the third, third baseman Chase Lyles reached on an error by Centenary centerfielder Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas), later scoring on a single to right by Bernard Williams. Hitting a high fly ball to shallow center, a charging Huff initially had the ball for the out, falling out of his glove for the error.

The first of numerous questionable calls came when Williams singled to right, trying to leg out a double. As Williams slid into second, he appeared to be tagged by Centenary shortstop Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.), but called safe by the first base umpire. This questionable call brought Gents head coach Ed McCann onto the field for the first of four face-to-face conversations with the umpiring crew.

With Williams at second, Jacob Rhodes tripled to right-center, bringing home Williams for the game-tying score. Still in the third, Northwestern State benefitted from a bases-loaded walk by Centenary pitcher Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) for their third score of the inning, taking a 3-2 lead over the Gents.

The Demons would hold onto the lead for the remainder of the contest, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single by first baseman Mike Jaworski to build its lead to three runs.

Centenary got off to a strong start in Tuesday’s game against the Demons, leading 2-0 after the top of the third inning.

In the top of the second, junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Saenz hit back-to-back doubles to get the first Centenary run on the board.

Sanchez laced a liner to left field, getting on when leftfielder Dylan Libadisos tripped while fielding the ball. The following batter, Saenz, went to the same spot as Sanchez, hitting the ball to Libadisos for the RBI-double.

The next inning, senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) hit a hard shot off of the centerfield wall for his first triple of the season, scoring on a Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) ground out up the middle.

Junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) scored on wild pitch by Demons sophomore Heath Hennigan in the seventh to cut the lead to two, however Centenary could not comeback to tie the game over the final two innings.

Over the final two innings, Centenary had its opportunity to get back into the game, twice hitting into double plays with runners in scoring position.

The Gents best opportunity came in the eighth. With the bases loaded and no outs, Gents junior Jason Blilie (Roanoke, Texas) grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, allowing freshman Dakota Robinson (Shreveport) to score, but not giving the Gents the tying or go-ahead runs.

Demons junior Ryan Campbell pitched the final two innings of the contest for the save, allowing one hit over the final two innings of the game.

Leading Centenary from the plate, Sanchez went 3-for-4 with one run scored in the game.

Northwestern State junior Jason Grace pitched three innings for the win, allowing four hits and two runs.

Noland went six innings in the loss, allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out seven. The junior lefty was on early, not allowing a run when Northwestern State had two runners on base in the first inning.

Centenary returns to Shehee Stadium this weekend, hosting Penn State of the Big Ten and Kansas State of the Big 12 in the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic.