Gents Escape from the Demons on Wednesday
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

SHREVEPORT – After letting Northwestern State jump to a quick 2-0 lead in the first, the Centenary baseball team answered back six runs in the first four innings, which helped the Gents to an, 8-7, win Wednesday night over I-49 rival NSU at Shehee Stadium.


Centenary’s offense tied the game in the bottom of the first on a Ryan Bernsen single to right, which brought home Teddy Saenz. In the second, Calvin Sanchez singled home his seventh RBI of the season, while Alex Maldonado doubled home two and Cameron Penney also had a two bagger to bring in the Gents three runs in the third.


In the fourth, Sanchez got Centenary going again with a single center and he later moved himself into scoring position with his first steal of the season. Bringing home, Sanchez was Saenz, which was the San Jose, Calif., natives 16th RBI of the year.


However, the one of the biggest saving graces for the Gents on Wednesday was their ability to get out of bases load nobody out jam in the fifth.


Junior Chris LaLonde (1-0) allowed the first two batters to reach on singles, while walking the third. After a meeting on the mound, LaLonde struck out Jordan Nipp, got Justin O’Neal to pop out and he fanned power hitting Mike Jaworski to end the inning.   


After no runs in the fifth and sixth inning for Centenary, NSU was able to score a run in the sixth and seventh innings to make it a 6-4 game. However, the Gents did answer back with runs in the seventh and eighth inning to put the game out of reach.


NSU did make the game interesting when they plated three in the top of the ninth. Micah Tipton hit a two-run homer and Jaworksi singled in O’Neal to bring it within one. Centenary closer, Aaron Bronson got the next batter to ground back him to end the game, giving him his second save of 2008.


Centenary will be back home on Friday against Summit League archrival Oral Roberts at 6 p.m.