Bernsen Leads Gents Offense in a Big Win
Sunday, April 20, 2008

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Centenary baseball team’s offense exploded for three runs in the first and scored multiple runs in four other innings to get a four-game sweep over Summit League foe Oakland, 14-2. The Gents have now put themselves in the thick of the conference tournament race with five straight wins in league play.


Ryan Bernsen paced the Centenary (22-13, 5-7) offense in the first, as he doubled in one of his five runs. Steele Lewis and Alex Maldonado also got into the action, as they knocked in their 24th and 18th RBIs of the season.


However, after a hot start the Gents allowed the Golden Grizzlies (8-18, 3-6) to climb back into the game with two runs in the first. Joe Hagen didn’t have his best stuff on Sunday, as he went an inning, allowed three hits, two runs, all earned and walked a pair.


After a quiet second, third and fourth innings, the Gents put the game away with nine runs in the middle frames. In the fifth, Bernsen made sure a lead-off walk to Cameron Penney came back to haunt Oakland, as he belted his first home run on the afternoon.


Centenary again came up big in the sixth with a three spot in that inning, as the Gents started their half of the sixth with three straight singles. Jomar Tabor laid down a squeeze bunt to score Tim Deering, who singled to start the inning.


Also in the same inning, the Golden Grizzlies’ pitching staff had a hard time finding the strike zone, as they threw two wild pitches, which scored two more Centenary runs.


Bernsen was back swinging the big stick for the Gents in the seventh, as he parked his third home run of the season. Centenary wasn’t done in that inning, as Penney singled in Friday’s hero Ricky Imperiali.


For the game, Tim Deering also had a big day, as he was 4-for-6 with two RBIs, while Imperiali and Bernsen notched three hits. Imperiali was 3-of-5 and Bernsen was 3-for-4, while both Gents combined to score five runs.


After Hagen’s short day on the bump, Centenary got a huge relief outing from Jeremy Sheehan (4-3). The Bonner Springs, Kan., native went six innings, scattered just four hits and struck out a pair of Golden Grizzly batters.


The Gents will have a full week of action starting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., when they host Arkansas-Little Rock and then travel to Sam Houston State on Wednesday. To end the week, Centenary plays at Summit League newcomer IPFW in a four-game series starting Friday.