Sheehan and Gents Eliminate Western Illinois With 9-3 Win
Friday, May 25, 2007

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Jeremy Sheehan pitched eight
innings to earn the win Friday

MACOMB, Ill. -- Junior pitcher Jeremy Sheehan led Centenary (27-30) to a 9-3 win over Western Illinois (31-26) Friday in Game 3 of the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Championships, played at Boyer Stadium, on the campus of WIU.

With the Gents advancing to play the loser of Oral Roberts/Valparaiso in Game 5 of the tournament Friday at 4:30 p.m., Sheehan went eight innings in Friday morning’s win, allowing 10 hits and striking out five.

Strong over eight innings, Sheehan, a native of Bonner Springs, Kan., captured his second win this season at Boyer Stadium over Western Illinois, also earning a 5-0 victory against the Leathernecks April 28.

"Basically I just wanted to go out there and win," Sheehan said following the win. "We needed a win and that’s all I wanted to do. Help us (Centenary) get further in the tournament."

Eight of the nine Centenary starters got hits in Friday’s win, as Centenary scored in six of the eight innings.

Eliminating the tournament-hosts Leathernecks from the Mid-Con Baseball Championships, Friday’s game was set for an early morning, 10 a.m. start.

Despite the early start, Centenary jumped on Western Illinois early, scoring four runs over the first three innings to take a 4-1 lead.

In the bottom of the first with two outs on the board, Centenary seniors Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) and Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) extended the inning by drawing walks to put runners at first and second.

Fellow-senior Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) came up big with a two-out hit to center, scoring Darr and giving the Gents the early lead.

After junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) hit an RBI-triple to right center to score Alex Maldonado (Whittier, Calif.) in the second, the Gents added two more runs in the third to lead 4-1 on the No. 2-seeded Leathernecks.

Huff recorded a single to left in the third, brought home by a Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) double to left. Penney, who led Centenary with three hits and two RBI Friday morning, scored later on in the third on a Maldonado hard single up the middle.

Backed by four early runs, the game was handed off to the pitching of Sheehan.

Although allowing five hits over his final five innings pitched, Sheehan was guarded by a strong defensive effort by the Gents, stranding runners in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Centenary head coach Ed McCann continued to praise the all-out effort of Sheehan following the win.

"Jeremy was the key to the game today," McCann said. "It’s all about locating for him and it’s about getting the job done. He and these other guys went about it in the right way."

Joining Penney with multiple hits in the win was Saenz, Huff and Maldonado.

Webb laced a two-RBI single to left in the eighth to scored two more runs for the Gents and extend the lead to 8-1.

Centenary must continue to swing its bats in this afternoon’s game. The nine runs scored by the Gents set a new program record for runs scored in the conference tournament. For the game, Centenary had 13 hits.

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