Gents Split Friday Afternoon Doubleheader
Friday, May 16, 2008

SHREVEPORT – On a perfect Friday afternoon for baseball, Centenary and Western Illinois split its Summit League doubleheader. The Gents were downed in game one, 8-5, but bounced back nicely to salvage a split, as they won 6-1.

 

Game one

 

Things didn’t go so well for Centenary (30-23, 13-14) early, as it allowed three Leatherneck (19-30, 12-11) base runners to cross the plate. However, the Gents offense woke up and scored three runs of their own to tie the game.

 

WIU would come back with one more in the fourth to regain a short lived lead. Centenary, meanwhile, would take advantage of an error in the bottom half of the fourth to score two more runs and held on to a slim lead.

 

The Leathernecks came back in the fifth to tie the contest, while they took the lead in the sixth for good on two errors. Before WIU could put its insurance run on the board in the eighth, the Gents squandered a two-out bases loaded chances in the seventh and could not put another threat together.

 

WIU’s Mark DiBernardo (5-6) got the win after pitching seven innings and scattering 10 hits, allowing five runs, two earned, walking two and fanning four. Joe Hagen (2-5) took the loss for Centenary, after giving up four runs in 5.2 innings of relief.

 

Game two

 

Cameron Penney and Calvin Sanchez scored two first inning runs, which helped the Gents cruise to their victory in the nightcap. In the second inning, Penney singled in two runs, while Sanchez and Alex Maldonado each drove in a run to give Centenary its final tallies.

 

Boone Whiting (2-1), who got the start and picked up his second complete game victory of the season. The Oakdale, Calif., natives only trouble in the game came in the sixth, as Western collected three of its six hits and scored its only run on single up the gut.

 

Offensively, Sanchez, Steele Lewis and Maldonado each collected two hits, while Sanchez also scored twice. For the Leathernecks, Tyler Metcalf had a pair of hits and Tyler Tilbury drove in their only run.

 

The game two victory gives Centenary its first 30 win season since 1992, and only its sixth since 1980.

 

The final contest of the series will be on Saturday with first pitch set for noon in Shehee Stadium. If Gents win tomorrow they will be the No. 3 seed in the upcoming conference tournament, but if Centenary should fall it would be the fourth seed.