Gents Baseball Splits Doubleheader, Defeats Kansas State
Sunday, February 18, 2007


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Box Score - Penn State
Box Score - Kansas State


Matt Webb had an .842 on-base
percentage over the weekend

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary split its doubleheader Sunday in the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic, played at Shehee Stadium. The Gents defeated Kansas State (3-1),4-1, while falling 7-6 to Penn State (1-3).

 

Going 2-2 in the four games this weekend, Centenary earned wins over both Penn State and Kansas State during the three-day event at Shehee Stadium. In both of the Gent losses, Centenary fell by just a run, showing a “never die” attitude and continuing to fight until the final out of the contest.

 

Having a standout performance for the Gents over the four games, senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) hit .571 (4-7) with a team-leading four runs scored and two RBI. Drawing a remarkable nine walks over the four games, Webb had an on-base percentage of .842 to lead the Gents. He finished the weekend with three stolen bases and a slugging percentage of .857 to lead Centenary.

 

Centenary travels to Stephen F. Austin Tuesday for non-conference action in Nacogdoches, Texas. Game time against the Lumberjacks is scheduled for 2 p.m.

 

Game 1 - Penn State 7, Centenary 6

Trailing 7-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Centenary scored three runs in the bottom half to cut the deficit to just a run with two innings remaining in the contest.

 

Centenary broke out with two-straight hits to start out the seventh. After Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Cameron Penny (San Diego, Calif.) both reached to start the inning, Webb drew a walk to load the bases for the Gents.

 

Junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) laced a double down the rightfield line to score all three runs  in the seventh, cutting the lead to 7-6. Maldonado led Centenary with four RBI in this weekend’s four games.

 

Following a scoreless eighth, the Gents had a golden opportunity to either tie the game or take the lead in the bottom of the ninth inning.

 

Webb, showing great speed and determination, hit a hard double to right, putting the tying run in scoring position in the final inning. Junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) followed Webb with a single towards the left side of the infield, putting runners at the corners with one out.

 

Penn State reliever Drew O’Neil, entering the game in the eighth, steadied after giving back-to-back hits to the Gents, striking out junior Jason Blilie (Roanoke, Texas) and forcing Maldonado to fly out to end the game.

 

The Gents had their opportunity, but was just unable to capitalize with runners aboard in the ninth.

 

Scott Gaffney (1-0) went six innings, striking out five in the Penn State win.

 

Centenary starting pitcher Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) pitched five innings, striking out two in the loss. Noland

 

Leading the Nittany Lions in the win, Rick Marlin went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI. Marlin hit his first home run on the season, hitting a shot over the left field wall to lead off the sixth.

 

 

Game 2 - Centenary 4, Kansas State 1

Junior Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) pitched seven strong innings to lead Centenary to the 4-1 win over the Wildcats.

 

Sheehan showed focus and control in Saturday’s outing against Kansas State, who represented the Big 12 Conference in this weekend’s Gents Baseball Classic. Not allowing a run over the first six innings and helping the Gents build a 2-0 lead.

 

Picking up his second win of the season, Sheehan struck out three and allowed six hits over his seven innings.

 

“Being from Kansas and facing Kansas State, basically, I was jacked up today,” Sheehan said following the win.

 

Holding a 2-1 in the top of the eighth inning and second baseman Eddie Vasquez on second, the defensive play of the game and what could be viewed as the deciding factor in the 4-1 win came from Sanchez in left.

 

Kansas State outfielder Tyler Link singled to left, creating a play at the plate when Vasquez rounded third and headed for home. Fielding the ball and his momentum going forward, Sanchez laced a throw towards Maldonado at the plate, tagging out Vasquez by two steps at home and preventing the game-tying run to score.

 

Pulling away in the bottom half of the inning, senior Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) and Sanchez both had RBI-singles to extend the lead to three runs.

 

Junior Aaron Bronson (Kent, Wash.) pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth to earn his second save of the season.

 

In the win over the Wildcats, freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

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