Oakland Takes Game One of Series With Gents
Friday, May 18, 2007

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Cameron Penney had three hits
in Friday's game against Oakland

SHREVEPORT, La. -- A three-run eighth inning led Oakland (20-31, 5-12) to a 5-2 victory over the Centenary baseball team (23-29, 6-11) Friday at Shehee Stadium.

In a must-win weekend for teams in the Mid-Con, the three runs by the Golden Grizzlies in the eighth were a result of an untimely error by Centenary that would’ve gotten the Gents out of the inning unscathed.

With two outs and runners on the corners in the eighth, an Andy Sheppherd grounder caromed off of the glove of Centenary second baseman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) and into right field, extending the inning and scoring the game-winning run from third.

What could be defined as being snake bitten of late, Friday was the second consecutive game that DeRooy misplayed a ball in the late innings, with both situations having an impact on the final outcome of the contest. The freshman looks to atone for the error with a strong performance in the final three games of the weekend series against Oakland.

After Sheppherd got on, Oakland left-fielder Drew Jenison hit a single to right to score two more runs for the Golden Grizzlies and seal the victory.

Centenary failed to score over the final two innings of the game, limited to just one hit after the third inning.

The Gents came out of the gates Friday swinging, taking a 2-0 lead after two innings.

Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.), Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) and Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) all had hits to start the game off, capped by Webb’s single to left to score Saenz from third.

In the second, Centenary junior Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) led off the inning with a single to right, later scoring on a Saenz RBI-single. With hits in the last three games, Penney led the Gents with three hits Friday, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Unfortunately for Centenary, the hits stopped following the third, shut down by the pitching of Oakland starter Billy Schmieder (2-4), combined by acrobat catches by the Golden Grizzly outfield.

Oakland tied the game in the third with RBI’s by Ryan Heath and Kevin Carkeek.

Centenary senior pitcher Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) pitched 7 1/3 innings Friday, allowing nine hits and four runs. Relieving Fulenchek in the eighth, Centenary freshman Dakota Robinson (Bossier City) induced two consecutive ground balls, with the second being Sheppherd’s that would’ve ended the inning. Robinson pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out two and allowing two hits.

Reaching the crossroads of the season, Centenary must win two of the final three games of the series to make the Mid-Con Tournament, played May 24-26 in Macomb, Ill.

Senior Will Kaage (Burlington, Wash.) and junior Jeremy Sheehan (Bonner Springs, Kan.) take the hill for the Gents in Saturday’s doubleheader at noon.