Gents Earn Series Sweep Over IPFW
Saturday, March 31, 2007


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Teddy Saenz went 3-for-3
Saturday with two RBI

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (13-16) earned a 9-5 win over IPFW (4-22) Saturday at Shehee Stadium, sweeping the Mastodons in the three-game weekend series.

Racking up 14 hits in the win, Centenary was led by the bats of senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) and junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) against IPFW Saturday.

Saenz, who hit .545 for the series, went a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with two RBI and one run scored. Darr went 3-for-5 Saturday with a team-high three RBI.

The big inning for the Gents came in the third, keyed by the bat of Saenz.

After Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) singled to center field, scoring Darr from third, junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) lined a single up the middle to put runners at the corners. Freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) drew a walk to load the bases for Saenz.

With Saenz up, a wild pitch by IPFW starting pitcher Stacy Herrold scored Maldonado from third to give Centenary a 3-2 lead on the Mastodons, advancing the other two runners a base.

Still at bat and runners at second and third, Saenz looped a single into right to score two more runs for the Gents and give the home team a 5-2 lead.

IPFW scored runs in fourth and fifth to cut the Gent lead to just a run at 6-5 heading into the sixth inning.

On target all day, Centenary starting pitcher Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) responded to the pressure of being up by only a run and no hit the Mastodons over the sixth and seventh innings, allowing the Gents to reestablish their control of the game.

Noland forced three consecutive groundouts in the sixth, leading to a Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) solo home run in the bottom half of the inning to give Centenary a 7-5 lead.

Noland, 1-4 on the season in 11 appearances, ended his day with a strikeout of IPFW second baseman Mark Carden to end the seventh. The junior left-hander allowed just six hits and walked one batter.

Following the game, Noland remarked at how important it was no hitting the Mastodons over the sixth and seventh innings.

"It was real big. It kept momentum on our side," Noland said.

The junior picked up his first win of the season, saying it was a relief to get the first one out of the way.

The win was sealed with two runs in the bottom of the seventh off of a two-run double to right by Darr.

Junior reliever Aaron Bronson (Kent, Wash.) and freshman reliever Dakota Robinson (Bossier City) did not allow a hit over the eighth and ninth innings to lock up the four-run win for Centenary.

For the weekend, Sanchez led the team with a .583 batting average, ending the series with four runs scored and four RBI. Saenz hit .545 in the three games, tying for the team-lead with six RBI.

Centenary faces Northwestern State in its next game, played Tuesday at Shehee Stadium. Scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start, the Gents look to earn redemption for a 5-4 loss in Natchitoches earlier this season.

Notes

Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader was cancelled due to a mutual coach’s decision between Billy Gernon of IPFW and Ed McCann of Centenary. Saturday’s game was moved back an hour due to rain in the Shreveport area.