Oral Roberts Shuts Out Centenary to Open Tournament
Thursday, May 24, 2007

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Senior Nate Santiago led Centenary
with three hits in Thursday's loss

MACOMB, Ill. -- Centenary (26-30) dropped its first game of the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Championship, falling to No. 1-seeded Oral Roberts (38-15), 20-0, in Thursday’s tournament-opener.

The wind seemed to be blowing out of Alfred E. Boyer Stadium Thursday afternoon, at least when Oral Roberts was up to bat as the Golden Eagles belted out four home runs in a blowout second inning. For the game, the Golden Eagles hit six home runs, racking up the largest shutout victory in Mid-Con Tournament history.

Taking a 7-0 lead on the Gents in the second, Oral Roberts got home runs from Adam Younger, Brendan Duffy, Jake Kahaulelio and Chad Rothford in the inning to put Centenary behind the eight ball early.

After Carter McQuigg and David Genao both reached on two errors by Centenary third baseman Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) in the second, Younger hit a three-run shot over the wall in left-center to give ORU a 3-0 lead.

Both McQuigg’s and Genao’s play occurred with one out on the board, resulting in zero of the seven runs scored by the Golden Eagles in the second being earned.

The "white flag" was waved by the Gents the following inning, as ORU added seven runs in the third to take a 14-0 lead. Rothford hit his second home run of the game in the third, hitting a grand slam to right. The 6-foot-5, 250-lb. first baseman went 3-for-6 in the game with five RBI.

Both Rothford and ORU second baseman Jake Kahaulelio had two home runs in Thursday’s blowout.

Pitching behind a 14-run lead early, ORU starting pitcher Chance Chapman, the 2007 Mid-Con Pitcher of the Year, recorded his second combined shutout of the season Thursday. Chapman (8-1) pitched seven innings for his eighth win of the season, allowing six hits and striking out seven.

Centenary starting pitcher Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas) struggled in the start Thursday, allowing 11 hits and 11 runs in 2 1/3 innings. With four of the 11 runs scored being earned, Fulenchek suffered through his shortest outing of the season.

Gent sophomore reliever Derek Bross (St. Joseph, Mich.) pitched four innings in relief of Fulenchek, allowing nine hits and seven runs.

The 20-run shutout victory broke the previous mark set by Oral Roberts during the 2003 season. Against Western Illinois in the 2003 Mid-Con Tournament, ORU beat Western Illinois by a count of 8-0 to set the previous mark.

Following the loss, Centenary head coach Ed McCann said his team will bounce back in its next game.

"This is a good group of young men," McCann said. "They’re fun to be around and when you say will they bounce back. They’ll bounce back."

Centenary faces elimination Friday, facing the loser of Thursday’s second game between Western Illinois and Valparaiso. The Gents take the field in the double-elimination tournament at 10 a.m. Friday at Boyer Stadium.

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