Baseball Prepares for Conference Home Opener
Schreiner (8-13, 0-1 SCAC)
#11 Centenary (LA) (17-3, 4-0 SCAC)
3/17/2017 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 157
Schreiner (18-3, 5-0 SCAC)
#11 Centenary (LA) (8-14, 0-2 SCAC)
3/18/2017 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 107
Schreiner (8-15, 0-3 SCAC)
#11 Centenary (LA) (19-3, 6-0 SCAC)
3/18/2017 | Shreveport, La. | Attendance: 107
SHREVEPORT, La. – The Centenary Gents baseball team (16-3, 3-0 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) will welcome Schreiner (8-12, 0-0 SCAC) for the home-opening conference series Friday and Saturday, March 17-18. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, with first pitch of a doubleheader scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.
Among the Tops in the Nation
Centenary did a lot to stay in the national rankings by putting on an offensive display last week in a conference-opening sweep at Austin College
The Gents lead the nation in runs (220), doubles (50), triples (16), and shutouts (four). Ironically, Centenary sits tied in shutouts with La Verne, who the Gents beat 7-6 back on February 3. The Maroon and White rank third in home runs (18) and hit by pitch (40), fourth in slugging percentage (.584), stolen bases (44), and sacrifice flies (14), and fifth in batting average (.375), scoring (11.6), and hits (244).
Individually, junior Chris Zapata still leads the nation with 36 RBI’s (by four) and sophomore Matthew Devillier is tied for first with five victories.
In the SCAC, freshman Cody Crowder and senior Michael Schimpf sit first and second in batting average at .500 and .443, respectively. Junior Kaleb Kirk sits second in ERA (1.05), and wins (four) and strikeouts (42), while Zapata and junior Cole Lavergne sit first and second in home runs (six and four respectively).
Climbing the Rankings
It was another week of climbing for the Gents this week.
In the first regular season poll of the season released by the American Baseball Coaches Association, Centenary moved from unraked preseason to number 12. D3Baseball.com received 60 votes and is in the de facto 26th position in the poll as the top team receiving votes not in the top-25.
Released Wednesday, March 15, Perfect Game (who had had the Gents ranked in the top-25 all season), moved Centenary up a spot to 11th. But the big news, Occidental (13-5) went from unranked to 15th. The Gents won at Occidental 11-1 back on February 5.
Besides the ranking news, it was another busy week for the Gents in individual awards. Junior Kaleb Kirk made his second appearance of the season on the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week, while classmate Chris Zapata and Kirk were repeat winners of SCAC Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively.
Numerous Centenary hitters are helping rewrite the Centenary record books:
Ricky Slade (1978-81) 118
Matt Creamer (2010-13) 109
Aaron Quintanilla (2014-pres.) 105
Alex Maldonado (2005-08) 32
Andy Watson (1979-82) 31
Ryan Gasporra (2012-13) 31
Jemari James (2012-13) 31
Chris Zapata (2015-pres.) 29
Aaron Quintanilla (2014-pres.) 27
Michael Schimpf (2014-pres.) 27
Mitch Ashmore (1978-80) 8
Bill Schmidt (1977-78) 8
David Coss (1979-82) 7
Larry Haas (1976-77) 7
Aaron Quintanilla (2014-pres.) 6
Tim Ryan (2005-06) 6
David Kiefer (2005-06) 6
Nic Parrott (2011-14) 6
Michael Schimpf (2014-pres.) 6
Andy Watson (1979-82) 110
Chris Zapata (2015-pres.) 106
Aaron Quintanilla (2014-pres.) 103
Aaron Quintanilla (2014-pres.) 41
Kevin Cassidy (2000-04) 18
Taylor Henry (2012-15) 18
Kaleb Kirk (2015-pres.) 16
On the World Stage
Former Gent pitcher Seth Lugo represents Puerto Rico at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He threw 5.1 scoreless innings on March 9 in Puerto Rico’s 11-0 win against Venezuela. He returns to the mound tonight when Puerto Rico faces off with the USA tonight at 9 p.m. CST, with the game being shown live on the MLB Network and MLB.TV.
It will be a massive midweek battle when 11th-ranked Centenary makes the trip west on I-20 to take on the fourth-ranked UT Tyler Patriots on Tuesday, March 21. First pitch in Tyler, Texas, is set for 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017Former Gents Baseball Player Seth Lugo Takes Center Stage on a World Stage
Tuesday, March 21, 2017Gents Baseball Scores 5 Unanswered to Rally Past #2 UT Tyler, 6-5
Tuesday, March 21, 2017Gents Break into Top-10, Schimpf Named to Team of Week
Tuesday, March 21, 2017Nationally Ranked Centenary Gents Baseball Offers Spring Break Camp Next Week
Monday, March 20, 2017Schimpf Named SCAC Player of the Week
Saturday, March 18, 2017#11 Gents Tally 15th Double-Digit Scoring Game of Season, Sweeps Doubleheader against Schreiner
Friday, March 17, 2017#11 Gents Baseball Rallies Past Schreiner, Takes SCAC Home Opener, 10-6
Friday, March 17, 2017Baseball Prepares for Conference Home Opener