Fulenchek Allows Just Two Hits, Gents Win 7-2
Saturday, March 10, 2007

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Fulenchek had a no-hitter
through five innings Saturday

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Brandon Fulenchek allowed just two hits in the Centenary baseball team’s (9-11) 7-2 win over Trinity University Saturday at Shehee Stadium.

Carrying a no-hitter through five innings, Fulenchek picked up his second consecutive two-hit victory with Saturday’s win over the Tigers. The McKinney, Texas, native did not allow a run in his six innings of work, showing superior command of his pitches while striking out four batters.

Behind Fulenchek’s prowess on the mound, Centenary was able to build a 6-0 run on Trinity.

In the third, the Gents were able to take the lead when Matt Webb (Blue Springs, Mo.) hit an RBI-single to left, scoring Justin Huff (Beaumont, Texas) from third.

Huff, who finished with two hits and two runs scored in the Gents’ win, led off the third with a lined single to left, taking the first pitch of Drew Bignall over the head of shortstop Jeff Claydon. Gents junior infielder Cameron Penney (Valley Center, Calif.) would add a second run for Centenary in the third when Justin Darr (The Woodlands, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly to right.

Centenary could have taken the lead earlier in the contest, however the Gents failed to score with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the first inning. Despite the early struggles at the plate, the Gents never trailed in Friday’s game thanks to the pitching of Fulenchek and steady defense by the Gent infielders.

The big inning for the Gents came in the sixth when Centenary was able to score four runs with two outs on the board.

With Darr on second, freshman Garrett DeRooy (Duvall, Wash.) lined a shot down the third-base line that rolled into the Centenary bullpen, scoring the third Gents run and putting DeRooy on second with a double. After Nate Santiago (Mukilteo, Wash.) walked to put runners at first and second, Huff reached on a fielding error by Trinity second baseman Steven Ramos.

Now with the bases loaded, the runners would advance on a passed ball by catcher Teddy Wilson, scoring DeRooy from third and extending the lead to four. A Calvin Sanchez (Santa Cruz, Calif.) single up the middle scored both Santiago and Huff to make it a 6-0 lead for the Gents and give the home team full momentum.

Webb would add the last run for Centenary in the seventh on a single by Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.). Highlighting seventh inning was the running of Webb. After leading off the inning with a single to right, Webb stole both second and third to give the senior outfielder a team-leading 15 bags on the season.

The lone bright spot for Trinity in the loss came in the final inning when outfielder Nicholas Vera hit a deep home run over the wall in left to score the Tigers first run of the contest and breakup the shutout.

Senior David McElroy (Victoria, B.C.) pitched three innings of relief in Saturday’s win, allowing three hits and striking out three.

Bignall went six innings for Trinity, allowing nine hits and all seven runs.

The two teams reconvene for the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.

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