Gents Baseball Scores 18 in Lopsided Win
Tuesday, April 17, 2007

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Jason Blilie led the Gents with 4 RBI
in Tuesday's win over Texas College

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (17-18) allowed its bats to do the talking in Tuesday’s 18-2 win over Texas College (2-41) at Shehee Stadium. In the win, the Gents racked up a season-high 18 runs on a season-high 17 hits.

With the 10-run rule in place, Tuesday’s game ended with Centenary leading 18-2 in the seventh inning.

Despite the shortened game, the Gents were still able to record their biggest margin of victory in more than two years. Leading the run parade for Centenary was junior Jason Blilie (Roanoke, Texas), who finished with a team-high four RBI, along with junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.).

Blilie was one of two Centenary players to hit home runs in Tuesday’s win.

The Gents started the scoring onslaught in the second inning, scoring runs in each of the innings to follow.

In the second, freshman infielder Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) hit a bases-loaded single to left to score Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) and Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.).

Leading 4-0 in the fourth, Centenary scored four more runs to take a commanding 8-0 lead on the Steers.

Senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) hit a two-run triple to right to score DeRooy and Saenz. Showing great speed around the bags for the stand-up triple, Huff would later score on a Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) groundout.

Senior Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) followed Sanchez with a high home run over the left-field wall. The home run was Webb’s fifth of the season.

The big inning for Centenary came in an eight-run, seven-hit fifth.

Junior Tim Kelleher (Chicago) started the inning off with a triple to right, hustling for his first triple of his Centenary career. Kelleher, who came in for sophomore Mike Davis (Ruston, La.) at first in the top of the fifth, went 2-for-3 from the plate Tuesday with an RBI and two runs scored.

With Kelleher on third, Saenz hit a single up the middle to score the ninth Centenary run.

Still in the fifth with the bases loaded, Blilie lined a single to left, scoring Saenz and DeRooy. Blilie would score later in the inning when freshman Gordon Murphy (Fort Wayne, Ind.) reached on a throwing error by Steer second baseman Chris Hite.

Batting around the order in the fifth, Kelleher again stepped up to the plate and delivered. At the plate with two outs and runners on the corners, Kelleher doubled to left, scoring Penney from third.

The big inning ended with Saenz hitting a double off of the center-field wall to score Murphy and Kelleher.

Blilie would add two more runs in the sixth for the Gents, hitting his first home run of the season and ending a successful night with his third and fourth RBI of the game. With a 1-0 count, the junior stepped into a Nick Pena pitch and hit a shot to left.

Both homers hit by the Gents Tuesday left Shehee Stadium in a hurry, with Blilie hitting arguably the longest home run for Centenary this season.

Not to be forgotten in the lopsided win was the pitching by the Gents.

Junior right-hander Aaron Bronson (Kent, Wash.) picked up the win in a shortened start. Bronson did not allow a hit over the first two innings of the ballgame, striking out two.

In relief of Bronson, sophomore Derek Bross (St. Joseph, Mich.), junior Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) and freshman Dakota Robinson (Bossier City) combined to strike out four, allowing a combined six hits.

Noland got out of jam in the sixth. After allowing two to get on with one out, Noland struck out DeAndre Walker and ended the inning with a Daniel Treat groundout, not allowing Texas College to score a run in the inning.

Centenary enters Mid-Continent Conference play on a high note following Tuesday’s win, looking to bring their hot bats into this weekend’s series at Valparaiso. The Gents, who lead the Mid-Con in batting, start a four-game series with the Crusaders Friday at 3 p.m.

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