Gents Take Both Games of Friday Doubleheader Against IPFW
Friday, March 30, 2007

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Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Calvin Sanchez went 5-for-7 in
Friday's two wins over IPFW

SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Centenary baseball team (12-16) won both games of a Friday doubleheader against IPFW (4-21) at Shehee Stadium.

The Gents defeated the Mastodons, 13-7, in Game 1 of the doubleheader, earning a decisive, 13-1, win in Game 2.

The bat of junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) paced Centenary in Friday’s sweep of IPFW, as the junior outfielder led the Gents with five hits and a .714 average in the two games. Sanchez went 5-for-7 from the plate with four RBI and three runs scored against the Mastodons Friday.

Asked what was key to his success at the plate in Friday’s doubleheader, Sanchez stated the obvious.

"I felt like I just had a lot of balls fall," Sanchez said. "On other days, they might not have been hits."

He is batting .356 this season with 18 RBI.

With a combined 26 runs scored Friday -- 40 runs over the past three games -- Centenary head coach Ed McCann gave due credit to assistant coach Mike Diaz for his work with the Gent hitters.

"One thing that Mike Diaz does is, he makes guys get better throughout the year," McCann said. "Since he’s been here, every year we get better at the end. He’s made some adjustments with some guys and guys are trusting him."

As a team, Centenary hit .412 in Friday’s doubleheader, with freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) and senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) also having standout efforts at the plate to join Sanchez.

Centenary must avoid a letdown, as the two teams resume the four-game series Saturday with a noon doubleheader at Shehee Stadium.

Game 1 - Centenary 13, IPFW 7

Tied 7-7 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Centenary responded with six runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to earn a 13-7 win over IPFW in the series-opening game.

In the sixth, in what turned out to be the key inning for the Gents, junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) led off the inning with a double to right field to put the go-ahead run in scoring position.

With Saenz on second, senior Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) responded with a single to center to give the Gents an 8-7 lead, a lead that Centenary would not relinquish over the final three innings. Santiago, who went 3-for-8 on the day, led Centenary with six RBI in Friday’s doubleheader.

Ahead 8-7, senior right-hander David McElroy (Victoria, B.C.) closed the book on IPFW in Game 1, not allowing a hit over the final three innings and retiring all nine batters faced on 23 pitches. McElory earned his second save on the season.

Centenary avoided falling behind in the fifth inning.

With two outs and runners on the corners, Gent freshman reliever Peter Stark (Dallas) came in for starter Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) and forced IPFW second baseman Mark Carden to fly out to right, keeping the game tied at 7-7. Stark followed up by not allowing a run in the sixth to earn his first career win.

Fulenchek went 4 2/3 innings in a no decision, striking out three and allowing 11 hits.

For the game, Sanchez went a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with four RBI and one run scored.

Game 2 - Centenary 13, IPFW 1

Centenary junior right-hander Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) became the first Gent pitcher to go the distance this season, earning a complete-game victory over IPFW and bringing his record to 4-3 this season. Sheehan, going all seven innings of Game 2, allowed just five hits and threw just 65 pitches to earn the 13-1 win for the Gents.

The Gents got on the Mastodons early, scoring four runs in the first inning to take a 4-1 lead in Game 2.

In the first, seniors Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) and Webb led off the game for the Gents with back-to-back singles to put runners at first and second for senior DH Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas). Darr, who was behind on the count at 1-2, singled up the middle to score Huff and tie the game at 1-1.

Junior Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to follow Darr, loading the bases for junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.). With the bases juiced, Maldonado singled to right to score two more runs for the Gents, helping Centenary take another early lead on IPFW.

Later in the inning, DeRooy lined a single to left to scored Penney from third, building a 4-1 lead after the first inning. DeRooy, who’s batting has improved recently, went 4-for-7 on the day with three RBI.

Sheehan had little trouble in holding onto the early lead for the Gents. The junior did not allow a hit over the second and third innings Friday, allowing Centenary to build a 6-1 lead.

In Game 2, Maldonado went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored.

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