Gents Baseball Defeats Toledo in Ninth
Saturday, March 3, 2007

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Alex Maldonado hit a fly to right
to bring home the winning run

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The third time was the charm for the Centenary baseball team (8-9) in Saturday’s game against the University of Toledo (2-2), as the Gents earned a 3-2 win on a sacrifice fly by Alex Maldonado in the ninth inning.

Wasting two previous opportunities to score with the bases loaded earlier in the game, Centenary was not about to blow its third-and-final chance in the final inning.

In the ninth inning, Toledo pitcher Steve Wenning hit junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) with a pitch to lead off the inning and put the winning run for the Gents aboard. After Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) pushed a sacrifice bunt down the first-base line to move Sanchez to second, senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) was intentionally walked to put two on for Centenary.

With runners at first and second, senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) lined a shot off the glove of Wenning for a single, moving the runners over and loading the bases for the Gents.

On a 2-1 pitch, Maldonado hit a high flyball to right, deep enough for Sanchez to tag up from third and score the game-winning run.

Taking advantage of their third opportunity with the bases juiced, the Gents scored three runs over the final two innings to take Saturday’s game in the three-game series against the Rockets. Combined over the first two games, Centenary has outscored Toledo by a 12-3 margin.

After falling behind 2-0 after a two-run fifth inning by the Rockets, in which Toledo got RBI-hits by Jake Swint and Joel Visser, the Gents turned it on over the final two innings to earn their eighth win of the season.

Just six outs left in the game and trailing by two runs, Darr and junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) both walked to put the tying runs aboard.

Senior Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) stepped to the plate to face Wenning with two aboard. On the first pitch by Wenning, Santiago lined a double to right to bring home the game-tying runs for Centenary.

Dakota Robinson (Bossier City) took the mound for Centenary in the top of the ninth, not allowing a hit to give the Gents an opportunity to win in the bottom half of the inning. The win was Robinson’s second of the season.

Centenary starter Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) pitched five innings of four-hit ball, allowing just the two runs in the fifth. Although pitching from behind, the relief crew of junior Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Peter Stark (Dallas) and Robinson did their job over the final four innings, combining to allow just two hits and striking out five.

The three relievers walked just one batter over four innings.

Looking to capture a three-game series sweep over the Rockets, junior Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) takes the mound for the Gents in Sunday’s series finale at noon. This season, Sheehan has a 2-1 record with a 4.71 ERA over 21 innings. He is scheduled to face senior righthander Todd Thomas, who is set to start for Toledo.

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