Gents Baseball Falls in Extras to Northern Iowa
Sunday, February 25, 2007

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Calvin Sanchez had three hits
and scored four runs Sunday

SHREVEPORT, La. -- A never-quitting Centenary baseball team (6-9) lost a heartbreaker to Northern Iowa (3-4) in extra innings Sunday at Shehee Stadium. With Sunday’s 13-12 win, the Panthers took 2-of-3 games in the weekend series.

Heart cannot be measured by a box score. In Sunday’s loss to Northern Iowa, the Gents showed tremendous heart, almost completing a miraculous comeback in the bottom of the 11th inning.

With two outs and down by three runs, Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) hit an RBI-double down the rightfield line, scoring senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) from second.

Stepping up to the plate with Sanchez on second, junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) continued the Gent rally, hitting a loop single into centerfield, scoring Sanchez and cutting the deficit to just a run.

At the plate with a full count and two outs, Panther reliever Jason Barry induced Centenary junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) into a fly ball to center, ending the game for the Gents, falling by just a run in the 11th.

Although not getting the desired result, the effort of the Gents should be compliment. Early in Sunday’s game, Centenary had to dig itself out of a large hole, trailing 7-1 after the top of the third.

The Panthers put up seven runs in the top of the third, batting around the order and recording six hits.

Entering the bottom of the third, a determined Gent squad was led off by a triple by Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) to start the inning. After Darr drew a walk on four-straight pitches, Sanchez laced a single through the right side of the infield to score Webb.

Following Sanchez’s single, Panther reliever Chad Epperson hit Maldonado to load the bases. With the bases loaded, Epperson threw two-straight walks to score two more runs for the Gents, cutting the lead to 7-4.

Still no outs in the third, senior Nate Santiago (Multikeo, Wash.) drew the third consecutive bases-loaded walk for the Gents, scoring another run for Centenary.

Senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly to right and junior Cameron Penny (San Diego) grounded out to second, both scoring runs to tie the game at 7-7 and completing the Centenary comeback.

The Gents would take the lead in the third off of a throwing error by Northern Iowa pitcher Guido Fonseca, scoring Santiago from third. In total, Centenary scored seven runs in the third to take an 8-7 lead.

Centenary would add two runs over the fourth and the fifth innings to take a 10-7 lead on the Panthers.

The Panthers would stage a comeback in the top of the seventh to force extra innings, scoring three runs off of RBI-singles by Nick Cameron, Dane Embury and Eric Hoffman.

Tied at 10-10, the Gents had their opportunity to win the game in the eighth when freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) led off the inning with a walk, moved over to third after a sacrifice bunt by Santiago and a wild pitch. With one out on the board and DeRooy on third, Centenary unfortunately would strand the freshman infielder, ending the inning with groundouts by Darr and Penny.

In the 10th after Saenz was hit by Barry to lead off the inning, the junior infielder would steal second to give the Gents the winning run in scoring position with no outs. Not capitalizing on its opportunity to win the game, Centenary again would strand the runner, unable to move Saenz from second.

For the game, four Gent batters would finish with multiple hits led by Sanchez’s three hits. Santiago led Centenary in the three-game series with five hits and a .455 batting average.

In Sunday’s game, starter Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Mo.) went 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs and six hits in a no decision. Northern Iowa starter Nick Kirk went two innings, allowing four runs and five hits.

Centenary, losing 3-of-4 games this past week, looks to get back on track next weekend, hosting Toledo at Shehee Stadium in a three-game series starting Friday.