Gents Come Back on Saturday with a Sweep
Saturday, April 26, 2008

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Two complete games on Saturday for the Centenary starting pitchers helped the baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Summit League foe IPFW (10-27-1, 6-9). The Gents came away with a, 8-1, and, 14-4, victory over the Mastodons at Mastodon Field.

Game one

Centenary (24-17, 7-8) scored three early runs and had outstanding pitching from Justin Kraft (8-2), which kept IPFW from getting back into the game. Kraft retired nine straight batters to start the game, helping him earn his first collegiate complete game. The Yakima, Wash., native, scattered six hits, allowed one run, walked two and struck out two.

On offense, Cameron Penney, Ryan Bernsen, Tim Deering and Joey Fandel each had two hits. Helping the Gents score their runs were Alex Maldonado, Deering and Fandel, who each had two RBIs.

Game two

After Centenary scored a run in the second, the Mastodons came back with three runs to take a short lead. However, the Gents answered with 13 runs in the final four innings to put IPFW away.

Boone Whiting (1-0), who had some early trouble, bounced back nicely to strike out six Mastodon batters. The Gents offense forced IPFW to go through five pitchers, as Stacy Herrold (1-5) went four innings and allowed seven runs with two walks.

All nine Centenary starting hitters had at least one base hit, while Fandel was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate. Steele Lewis and Deering knocked in three RBIs, while Maldonado picked-up two RBIs.

The final game in the series will be Sunday at 11 a.m. and it can be heard on www.gocentenary.com. The Gents are a game in front of IPFW for fourth place in the conference standings.