Gents Pick Up Wins in Friday Doubleheader Against Chicago State
Friday, April 13, 2007


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Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2


Jeremy Sheehan allowed just one hit
to pick up his fifth win of the season

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (15-17) took the first two games of the four-game series with the Chicago State baseball team (1-29) at Shehee Stadium. The Gents earned wins of 5-1 and 6-0 over the Cougars Friday.

Behind superb pitching by starting pitchers Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) and Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.), the Gents allowed just one run in the two games against Chicago State.

Both Fulenchek, a senior left-hander, and Sheehan, a junior right-hander, went deep into their games for the Gents, both picking up their conference-leading fifth wins of the season.

"We played good defense and our pitchers hit spots today," Centenary head coach Ed McCann said following the two wins. "Pitching was the difference today. Instead of winning the game 5-4 or 4-3, we shut them out and gave up one run because we pitched real well."

McCann closed by saying it was time for the Centenary pitchers to step up, which he acknowledge they did on Friday. On the year, the Gents have a team ERA of 4.77.

From the plate, junior infielder Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) led the team with a .500 average (3-for-6), registering two RBI and two runs scored. Fellow-junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) had a team-high four RBI in Friday’s two games, going 2-for-6 from the plate with a run scored and two stolen bases.

Senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.), the nation’s leader in walks in 2007, drew five walks and went 1-for-3 from the plate with two runs scored. He brought his season total to 43 walks in 32 games.

Centenary returns to the field to closeout the four-game series Saturday, with a doubleheader scheduled for a noon start at Shehee Stadium.

GAME 1 - Centenary 5, Chicago State 1

The day started with a three-run first inning for the Gents, never trailing in the 16 innings on the day.

In the first, Webb lined a double to left to give the Gents an early runner in scoring position. After Webb stole third and senior Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) drew a walk to put runners on the corners, Penney singled to left to score Webb and give Centenary the early 1-0 lead.

Still in the first, Sanchez hit a first-pitch single to left to score both Darr and Penney, extending the lead to three runs.

With the early lead, the game was handed off to Fulenchek.

Playing well with the lead, Fulenchek allowed just three hits between the second and eighth innings, not walking one batter. The senior helped the Gents build a 5-0 lead, racking up six strikeouts in the game.

In the final inning, after forcing Chicago State shortstop Alex Hall to flyout to left, Fulenchek allowed the following three batters to get on, pulled for junior reliever Aaron Bronson (Kent, Wash.).

Bronson had little work to pick up his fourth save of the season, inducing a game-ending double play to short on five pitches.

Fulenchek (5-2) allowed seven hits on 123 pitches for his fifth win of the season.

GAME 2 - Centenary 6, Chicago State 0

Braving constant rain over Shehee Stadium throughout the seven innings, Centenary pushed through to earn a 6-0 win over the Cougars.

Sheehan, who picked up wins in back-to-back starts, had arguably his best outing of the season. Going the full seven innings, Sheehan (5-3) allowed just one hit and walked just one batter on 76 pitches.

Having command of all of his pitches, according to McCann, the junior no-hit the Cougars over the final five innings of the ball game.

For the second-straight game, Centenary used a big first inning to take command.

In the first, Webb and Darr both drew walks, stealing second and third to put runners in scoring position for Penney. With a 3-1 count, Penney hit a groundball through the left side of the infield to score Webb, giving the home team the early lead.

Sanchez, the following batter, again found a way to get a hit at the most opportune time. On a 2-2 count, Sanchez drove a single up the middle to score Darr and Penney. After junior Alex Maldonado (Whitter, Calif.) singled to left, freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) reached on a fielding error by Chicago State third baseman Trenton Sanders, allowing Sanchez to score from third.

Playing through the driving rain, Centenary let its defense do the talking for the remainder of the game, allowing just one runner on base over the final five innings.

The one hit allowed by the Gents set a new season low for hits by any Centenary opponent in 2007.

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