Gents Earn 7-6 Win over Penn State Friday
Friday, February 16, 2007

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Matt Webb went 3-for-3
with 2 RBI against Penn State

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (4-4) used timely hitting to earn a 7-6 win over Penn State (0-2) Friday at the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic at Shehee Stadium.

Leading throughout the entire nine-inning game, Centenary showed its fight in the late innings, battling to hold onto a one-run win over the Nittany Lions.

Getting a win over Penn State of the Big Ten, Centenary head coach Ed McCann credited his team’s grittiness and defense in the late innings.

"We pitched real well and played pretty good defense. Most importantly, we’re beginning to gel a little bit," McCann said. "No one really cares who gets the credit as long as the job gets done. Although its great to beat a big-time name, we expect it."

Centenary got on the board early in Friday’s game, as senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) hit an RBI-single to left, scoring fellow-senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) from second.

Webb, who stole three bases against Penn State Friday, ended the game going 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI, while Huff had two RBI and two runs scored.

In the second inning, Huff and Webb continued their timely hitting, both hitting RBI-singles to score three runs.

With two outs and junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) and Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) on, Huff laced a sharp single to left field to score two runs. After Cameron Penny (San Diego, Calif.) walked to put two on for the Gents, Webb singled up the gut to give Centenary a commanding 4-0 lead.

The Gents were able to build the lead due to the early pitching of senior Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas), who earned his second win of the season Friday. In the top of the second inning, with one out and the bases loaded, Fulenchek concentrated on the plate. The senior lefty was able to force Penn State second baseman Matt Cavagnaro to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning, keeping the Nittany Lions scoreless.

Fulenchek, complemented by McCann for his ability to battle at adverse times during Friday’s game, went five innings, allowing two runs and eight hits.

After Penn State cut the deficit to 7-4 after the sixth inning, the Nittany Lions used a two-run eighth inning to make it a one-run game with just an inning left.

Cavagnaro, Brian Ernst and Joe Blackburn led off the inning with three consecutive hits, scoring two runs to make it a 7-6 game.

After freshman Dakota Robinson (Shreveport) came in relief of David McElroy (Vicotria, B.C.), the rookie lefty forced Penn State catcher Rob Yodice to ground out, giving Penn State just three outs to tie the game.

Robinson made little work of the Nittany Lions in the final inning, forcing two fly balls and striking out pinch hitter Jim Leitgeb to end the game.

Mark Wyner went two innings for Penn State in the loss, allowing four runs and three hits.

The Nittany Lions fell in both of their games at Shehee Stadium Friday, losing to Kansas State (1-0), 5-0, in the opener Friday afternoon.

The Gents Baseball Classic continues Saturday with Centenary facing Kansas State at 1 p.m. The Wildcats, representing the Big 12, then face Penn State at Shehee Stadium at 4 p.m.