Gents Have Early Inning Success on Sunday
Sunday, February 24, 2008

SHREVEPORT – Jumping on early pitching mistakes in the first two innings proved to be the difference, as the Centenary baseball team was victorious, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon over Northern Iowa.


Centenary (3-1) didn’t squander its first inning chances on Sunday, as junior Jamar Tabor walked to open the Gents half of the first and later stole third on a double steal with senior Cameron Penny. Centenary scored its first run when junior Steele Lewis singled in Penny, for the Kingsville, Ontario, natives, only RBI on the day.


The Gents got back on the board in the next inning, after senior Calvin Sanchez hit a two-run bomb over the right field fence. Centenary scored its final and winning run on Penny’s deep single to right centerfield that scored junior Tim Deering.


After surviving a first inning scare, senior pitcher Johnny Noland buckled down and got NIU (1-3) to ground out into a double play and fly out to end its threat. Noland on the afternoon pitched six innings for the win, striking out three and allowing two runs, while walking a pair.


The Gents bullpen continued to do a nice job in relief, as sophomore Peter Stark and senior Aaron Bronson combined to pitch three innings, giving up a run and a hit, while fanning two. Bronson also picked up his first save of the season, after retiring all six batters he faced in order.


For the Panthers, they were led by Brandon Douglas, who picked up three hits, while Chris Lopez, Brett Douglas and Travis Hendrix all knocked in an RBI. On the mound, starter Shuhei Fujiya took the loss after giving up three runs on three hits in two innings of work.


Centenary’s next action will be on Wednesday when Texas College comes to town for a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.