Gents to host top-ranked LSUS in home finale
Monday, April 23, 2012

SHREVEPORT – Centenary wraps up its home slate Tuesday evening with a doubleheader against in-city rival and top-ranked LSU-Shreveport with a baseball doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.


The Gents (23-12) break from conference play to host NAIA's No. 1 LSUS (42-4). Centenary is coming off a doubleheader split with LeTourneau, which hosts Centenary in the Gents season finale with a Thursday doubleheader at 5 p.m.


Tyler Clakley leads Centenary at the plate with a .392 average, passing Kyle Morton last weekend as the senior moved to .385 on the year. Morton continues to lead the Gents with 35 RBIs, followed by Jeff Schaffert’s 31.


Matt Creamer upped his batting average from .311 to .336 in the two games, going 6-for-8 Saturday, including a perfect 4-for-4, four-run performance in game two. Creamer, Clakley, Morton and Schaffert are four of seven Gents to start and play all 35 games this year, along with Jemari James, Craig Littleman and Ryan Gasporra.


The Gents are hitting .319 as a team and have outscored their opponents 242-186 (6.91-5.86). The Pilots offense hasn’t struggled this year in their 46 games, posting 9.07 runs per game while holding their opponents to 2.96 runs per contest. LSUS is 22-4 in Red River Conference play and is 18-2 away from home. Centenary has been hard to beat at Shehee Stadium with a 15-5 record, but is 6-1 at home when playing non-conference opponents.


Out of American Southwest Conference play, the Gents boast a .337 average at the plate, topped by Morton’s .550 mark (22-for-40).


Kyle Pearson leads the Pilots potent plate attack with 11 home runs, 51 RBIs, 113 total bases and a .724 slugging mark. Stephen Hobbins tops the squad with a .408 average, just ahead of Greg Friesen's .403 mark, the only two Pilots above .400.