Gents Get a Doubleheader Sweep over Oakland
Saturday, April 19, 2008

ROCHESTER, Mich. – In its continued must win situation the Centenary baseball team did what it had to do, sweep Oakland on Saturday in a doubleheader. The Gents were victorious over the Golden Grizzlies, 5-1, and, 5-2, Summit League action.


Game One


Centenary (21-14, 4-7) got things started early, as Jomar Tabor reached base in the first and was drove home by Cameron Penney’s two-out double to right field gap. The Gents would score again in the third, as Joey Fandel crossed home when Oakland’s third baseman overthrew first.


The game stayed 2-0 until the sixth and that’s when Centenary was able to put the game away by scoring twice. Picking-up the RBIs for the Gents were Ryan Bernsen and Alex Maldonado, who knocked in their 17th and 16th run respectively.


Getting his first collegiate start on the mound for Centenary was Boone Whiting, who went four innings and didn’t allow a run. Chris LaLonde (3-0) earned his third win of the season after pitching three innings of relief, while Johnny Noland went the final two frames.     


Game Two


The nightcap didn’t come easy for the Gents, as they spotted Oakland (8-17, 3-8) a 2-0 lead in the first inning. However, Centenary like it has all weekend bounced back, by scoring two runs in the second to tie the game.


In the second inning Bernsen got things started with a double down the left field line and later scored on a passed ball. Later in the inning, Teddy Saenz brought home his 20th RBI on a sacrifice fly to center.


With the score still knotted at two, Fandel was the big hero on a one-out, two RBI single to right field, giving Centenary the lead for good. Tabor added another run for the Gents in the seventh when knocked Saenz, which was Tabor’s 17th RBI.


Justin Kraft (7-2) was outstanding on the bump for Centenary, as he threw a complete game seven-hitter. Kraft on the afternoon allowed two runs, all earned, walked four and fanned four.


The Gents and Golden Grizzlies will wrap up their series on Sunday starting at 12:00 p.m. eastern time. However, Detroit area forecasters are predicting a 70 percent chance of rain for Sunday.