LSU Handcuffs Gents on Wednesday
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

BATON ROUGE, La. – With the game being delayed by an hour because of rain, the Centenary (16-6) baseball team could not find a rhythm against LSU (18-10). The Tigers pitching suffocated the Gents bats on Wednesday, holding Centenary to just five hits in the, 6-0, win at historic Alex Box Stadium.


Tigers starting pitching Ryan Verdugo (5-2) held the Gents without a hit for 4.2 innings. The no-hit bid was finally broken by senior Teddy Saenz, who was able to find a hole in the ride side, as he blooped the ball over the second baseman.


After Centenary finally broke up the no-no, it was able to pound out four more hits, as juniors Tim Deering and Ryan Bernsen along with seniors Calvin Sanchez and Cameron Penney were able to notch base knocks.


LSU’s offense, meanwhile, jumped on the board with runs in the first and second innings, as Centenary senior pitcher Matt Clark (0-1) took the loss. Clark, who was starting his first game in two years, pitched in two innings, gave up two earned runs and walked three.


The Gents relievers of Joe Hagen, Johnny Noland and Chris LaLonde combined to go six innings, scattering six hits and allowing four earned runs. The three relievers also teamed-up to strike out five LSU batters.


The Gents will begin Summit League play on Friday, against South Dakota State in Omaha, Neb. Snow in Brookings, S.D., forced the game to be moved to Creighton University.