Gents Put Up 12 Runs, Defeats Northern Iowa
Saturday, February 24, 2007


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Justin Darr led Centenary
with four RBI in Saturday's 12-8 win

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (6-8) had a season-high 16 hits to defeat Northern Iowa (2-4), 12-8, Saturday at Shehee Stadium.

Originally scheduled for a 2 p.m. start, Mother Nature pushed the game back to 7:30 p.m. with a downpour hitting the Shreveport area.

Once the game had commenced, it was Centenary doing the hitting, lighting up the scoreboard with eight runs over the middle three innings.

Led by the bats of juniors Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) and Cameron Penny (San Diego), eight out of nine Gent batters had a hit in Saturday’s win over the Panthers.

After falling behind 1-0 following a solo home run by Panther first baseman Brett Featherston, who hit a home run to lead off the second for the second consecutive day, Centenary reeled off nine runs over the next four innings.

In the bottom of the third with the bases loaded, senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) from third and tying the game at 1-1. Huff led off the inning with a lined single up the middle, scoring two runs in Saturday’s win.

The following inning, freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) helped the Gents take their first lead of the contest, hitting a looped single to left, just out of the reach of retrieving shortstop Brandon Douglas. On the hit, both Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) and Saenz scored to give the Gents a 3-1 lead.

Centenary pulled away from Northern Iowa in the sixth, scoring five runs to take a 9-3 lead.

After the Panthers scored two runs in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to just a run, Centenary dug deep and was very selective at the plate.

The big inning was started by a Nate Santiago (Multikeo, Wash.) single up the middle, followed by a Huff walk to give the Gents two runners on base. After a Penny sacrifice bunt down the first base line, senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) was intentionally walked to load the bases for Darr.

With the count 1-0 to Darr, the senior designated hitter drove the ball into right field, curling away from outfielder Eric Hoffmann for a bases-loaded double, scoring three runs for the Gents.

Continuing Centenary’s big inning, junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) hit his first home run as a Gent off of reliever Angelo Cordova. With Darr on second, Sanchez hit a shot of the right field wall, giving Centenary a six-run cushion.

Adding the final three runs for the Gents, Saenz and Santiago each had RBI-singles in the eighth. After Darr and Sanchez both drew walks off of reliever Zach Zirbel, Saenz’s single brought home two more runs for the Gents. Santiago followed with a liner through the right side of the infield to score Saenz and the final Centenary run.

For the game, Northern Iowa and the Gents combined for 31 hits.

Saenz led the Gents in the hitting department, going 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Penny went 4-for-5, while Darr led Centenary with four RBI.

On the mound for the Gents, senior Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) went six innings, striking out three for his first win of the season. Constantly battling Northern Iowa’s hitters throughout the evening, Kaage routinely worked with runners in scoring position, allowing just three runs over his six innings.

Taylor Sinclair went 4 2/3 innings in the loss for the Panthers, allowing eight hits and four runs.

Sunday’s series finale has been changed from a noon start time to an 11 a.m. start time. Junior Jeremy Sheehan (Bonners Springs, Kan.) takes the bump for the Gents, looking to duplicate the magic of last Sunday’s 4-1 win over Kansas State.