Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader With Western Illinois
Saturday, April 28, 2007

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Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Sheehan earned his second
shutout win of the season
in Game 1 Saturday

MACOMB, Ill. -- Centenary (20-22, 3-4) split its doubleheader with Western Illinois (26-18, 7-4) Saturday at Boyer Stadium. After winning Game 1 Saturday by a 5-0 margin, the Gents fell in extra innings, 14-13, to the Leathernecks.

Centenary junior pitcher Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) had a sterling performance in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, striking out six and allowing no runs over seven innings. With Sheehan excelling on the mound, Centenary built up a five-run lead, holding onto the lead for its third shutout of the season. Freshman reliever Dakota Robinson (Bossier City) pitched the final two innings of Game 1, allowing just one hit and preserving the shutout for Centenary.

In Game 2, the Gents climbed back from a 12-run early deficit to force extra innings, eventually falling in the eighth. In the comeback, Centenary scored 10 runs in the third inning, setting a new season-high for runs scored in a single inning.

Offensively Saturday, junior infielder Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) continued to perform in his new role as the leadoff hitter for the Gents. Saenz went 4-for-9 (.444) Saturday, leading the Gents in hits over the two games. The junior infielder finished Saturday with two runs scored and an RBI.

Centenary looks to win three of the four games when it takes the field for a noon series finale at Boyer Stadium Sunday. Taking the mound for the Gents will be seven-game starter Johnny Noland (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), who is 0-1 in conference games this season. In his last start, Noland allowed four hits and three runs to Valparaiso in a 9-2 loss April 22. This season, Centenary is 2-6 in games played on Sunday.

GAME 1 - Centenary 5, Western Illinois 0

In leading the Gents to a 5-0 win, Sheehan (6-4) picked up his second shutout of the 2007 season. Over the first six innings of the game, Sheehan allowed just four hits, helping Centenary take a 5-0 lead after the fifth inning.

Centenary took the lead in the fourth when Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas), Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Garret DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) all got on base to start off the inning.

After a Webb double gave Centenary runners at second and third, DeRooy hit an RBI-single to short to score Darr from third. Webb would score later in the inning off of a Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) sacrifice fly to center, giving the Gents a 2-0 lead after four.

In the fifth, Darr, DeRooy and junior Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) all had RBI’s to extend the lead to five runs, more than enough insurance for the hot pitching of Sheehan.

Handing the game off to Robinson in the eighth, the freshman reliever induced a double play and a pop up to end the eighth inning, forcing a flyout and a 4-6-3 double play to end the game in the ninth.

GAME 2 - Western Illinois 14, Centenary 13 (8 innings)

Pulling off the unpredictable, Centenary came back from a 12-run deficit through sheer determination and will, scoring 10 runs in the third inning.

After allowing eight runs in the second, the Gents could’ve folded, going through the motions through the final five innings of the contest.

Just the opposite happened for Centenary, as the team bonded together to make it just a two-run game a half inning later.

In the 10-run third for the Gents, the first six Centenary batters reached base, all scoring to make it a 13-7 game.

Batting around the lineup, Saenz hit an RBI-single to right his second at-bat of the inning, scoring Sanchez from third. Sophomore Mike Davis (Ruston, La.), who drew a walk earlier in the inning, followed Saenz with an RBI-single to left to scored Huff and cut the lead to four runs.

The final two runs of the third came when Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) reached on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice. After Saenz scored from third, taking off when the ball came off of Penney’s bat, Davis was brought home off of an error by Western Illinois second baseman Dan Johnson, making the game 13-11.

In the sixth, a two-run single by Huff evened the game at 13-13, pulling off a miraculous comeback for the Gents.

With DeRooy and Webb at second and third, respectively, Huff came through with a single to left. The senior outfielder, who had eight RBI in Friday’s 14-7 Centenary win, went 2-for-4 in Game 2 with three RBI and one scored.

In extra innings, Leatherneck first baseman Matt Newquist scored on a Cooper Stewart fielder’s choice, scoring the game-winning run for Western Illinois.

Even though not earning the win, Centenary should be proud of its efforts in coming back to force extra innings, as the team showed tremendous heart in the 14-13 loss.

Todd Nelson picked up the win for the Leathernecks, pitching 5 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits and two runs.

Centenary senior pitcher Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) struggled in the Game 2 start, going just 1 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and 10 runs.

Gent sophomore Derek Bross (St. Joseph, Mich.) was key in the Gent comeback effort. The sophomore right-hander pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief, not allowing a hit and striking out three.

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