Baseball Swept by Valparaiso in Saturday Doubleheader
Saturday, April 21, 2007

Files associated with this release:
Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Alex Maldonado led Centenary
from the plate Saturday

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Centenary (18-20, 1-2) did not get the desired results in Saturday’s doubleheader against Valparaiso (13-20, 2-1) at Bauer Field, falling in both games to the Crusaders by scores of 6-4 and 4-2.

What stands out in both losses is the late runs allowed by the Gents. In both Game 1 and Game 2 Saturday, Centenary allowed runs in the late stages of the game, falling to 1-2 in Mid-Continent Conference play this season.

Drastically different from the team that took the field Friday and captured a 6-2 win to open up conference play, Centenary was only able to muster six hits in both Game 1 and Game 2 Saturday.

The lone bright spot Saturday for Centenary was the hitting of junior Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) and senior Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.), who combined to go 5-for-12 (.417) from the plate and recorded four of the team’s six RBI.

Maldonado had a team-high three hits Saturday, finishing with two RBI and one run scored.

Centenary looks to bring its record back up to .500 in conference play Sunday when the team takes the field for a 1 p.m. game at Bauer Field. On the mound, the Gents look to junior Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) to help the team earn a split in the four-game series.

Game 1 - Valparaiso 6, Centenary 4

Three Valparaiso runs over the seventh and eighth innings led the Crusaders to a 6-4 win over Centenary and their first win of the season in conference play.

In the seventh with junior John Giusti on second, Valparaiso junior Dallas Cawiezell hit his second home run of the season to give the home team a 5-4 lead. Cawiezell took the 1-0 pitch by Centenary junior Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) over the left-field wall to give the Crusaders the one-run lead.

Valpo would only build onto that lead in the following inning.

Crusader catcher Joe Lazar, brother of Centenary freshman outfielder Bill Lazar (Traverse City, Mich.), hit an RBI-single to short, extending the margin to two runs.

Cawiezell sealed the victory for the Crusaders in the ninth, inducing a double play to end the game.

Centenary actually took the lead in the seventh inning, scoring three runs to take a 4-3 lead.

After Maldonado hit a double to lead off the inning and junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) was hit by a pitch, Santiago hit a two-run single to right to tie the game at 3-3. Santiago would later score on an RBI-single by junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.), but the Gents would surrender the lead in the bottom half of the inning.

Sheehan pitched 7 1/3 innings for Centenary, allowing nine hits and suffering his first loss in his last three starts.

Valparaiso senior Harvey Yergin went seven innings, allowing six hits and striking out three for the win.

Game 2 - Valparaiso 4, Centenary 2

Deadlocked at 1-1, three sixth-inning runs led Valparaiso to the 4-2 win.

The "long ball" hurt the Gents again in Saturday’s second game, as a Josh Piazza two-run homer to left broke the 1-1 tie in the sixth. Piazza, a senior catcher, homered on a 1-2 pitch by Centenary senior Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) to give the Crusaders a 3-1 lead.

Down by three runs in the seventh and final inning, Centenary was able to pull within two runs when senior outfielder Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored on a Maldonado groundout, but the Gents just couldn’t get any closer.

Cawiezell, who picked up his third and fourth saves of the season Saturday, ended the game with a strikeout of Centenary freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.).

In Game 2, senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) led the Gents from the plate with a 2-for-4 effort with one RBI. Huff laid down a bunt to score Saenz in the third inning, giving Centenary a 1-0 lead.

Kaage pitched 5 1/3 innings in the loss, allowing six hits and striking out one.