Gents Baseball Drops Third-Straight to Valparaiso
Sunday, April 22, 2007

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Teddy Saenz hit a two-run homer
in the fifth Sunday

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Centenary (18-21, 1-3) couldn’t find an answer to its road woes for the 2007 season, falling to Valparaiso (14-20, 3-1), 9-2, Sunday at Bauer Field. With the loss, the Gents dropped three of the four conference games in the weekend series.

As the Gents now fall to 1-8 on the road this season, Valparaiso used seven runs over the fifth and sixth innings to blow away the Gents in the series finale.

Not drastically out-hitting Centenary by any means in Sunday’s game -- a 12-8 margin in favor of Valpo -- the five-run sixth inning for the Crusaders was led by a two-run home run by senior outfielder Jeff Rickert. Now trailing the Crusaders, 8-2, after the sixth, Centenary couldn’t recover after surrendering the five runs in the sixth, perhaps taking a hit both mentally as well as on the scoreboard.

The sixth was led by the first two Valpo batters reaching base off of Centenary senior reliever David McElroy (Victoria, B.C.), who came into the game in relief of starter Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.). With two on, Valpo freshman Josh Wallace singled to right to score Brian Rzepka and make the score 4-2 in favor of the home team.

After a Jason Brunelli’s single brought home two more runs for Valpo, Rickert hit the homer to left to make the score 8-2 and taking the wind from Centenary’s sails.

The two runs scored by the Gents in Sunday’s loss came off of a home run by junior infielder Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.), who registered his first homer of the season with the two-run shot in the fifth.

Valparaiso freshman left-hander Ranko Ivetic pitched seven innings in Sunday’s win, striking out four to pick up his second win of the season. Noland, who struck out five, went five innings in the loss and allowed four hits.

Centenary must solve its road problems if it wishes to contend in the Mid-Continent Conference race this season. The team travels to Western Illinois next weekend for a four-game conference series starting Friday.

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