Gents Score 28 Runs in Saturday Sweep of Grambling
Saturday, March 29, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary baseball team stretched its home win streak to 13 games and improved to 15-1 overall at Shehee Stadium this season with a doubleheader sweep of Grambling on Saturday. The Gents easily handled the Tigers in the pair of victories, winning 21-3 and 7-2.


Centenary (16-5) received all the run support it needed to take game one in the first inning. The Gents plated four runs on just two singles in large part to three Grambling errors. Jomar Tabor led off the game with a base hit and promptly stole second. The speedster then took third base on the next pitch and scored when the throw from Grambling’s catcher sailed into left field.


Centenary starter Jeremy Sheehan sailed along without allowing a hit to the Tigers until the fifth inning, but by then it would be too little, too late for Grambling.


The Gents exploded for eight runs in the home half of the fourth inning on eight hits. Centenary sent 13 hitters to the plate in the frame and scored six runs before the first out was recorded. Tabor and Alex Maldonado each collected multiple RBI in the rally.


Grambling’s Mychal Roby broke up Sheehan’s bid for a no-hitter with one out in the fifth. Sheehan then lost his chance at a shutout as well when the following batter, Adrian Turner, belted a fastball over the right field fence to put the Tigers on the board, although trailing 12-2.


Centenary put the game away for good with seven more runs in the fifth. The high-scoring inning featured four hits, highlighted by doubles from Calvin Sanchez and Joey Fandel and a triple by Ricky Imperiali.


Sheehan (3-1) picked up the win after tossing five innings, surrendering two runs on two hits while striking out six. He did not walk a single batter.


Game two began as a scoreless tie until the third inning. Centenary’s Tim Deering walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Imperiali. Tabor then came through with a looping double into a wide-open right field to push Deering across. Three straight singles by Steele Lewis, Cameron Penny, and Maldonado provided the rest of the offense, staking the Gents to a 4-0 lead.


The Gents added three runs in the fifth to conclude their scoring on the day. Centenary grabbed a 7-0 advantage after another single by Penney plated two and Maldonado drove in one.


Grambling (10-15) scored two in the sixth on a double by Jeremy Shelby, but it would not be enough.


Justin Kraft improved to 6-0 for the Gents, going five scoreless innings and giving up just four hits. He struck out four and walked one on the day.


Penney went 5-for-6 at the plate for Centenary in the twin bill. He also tallied five RBI and three runs. Tabor reached base six times, notched four hits, scored five times, had four RBI, and stole four bases.


The Gents and the Tigers will face each other again on Sunday for a single contest at Grambling. Game time is set for 12 p.m.