Gents to Host Coppin State for Three-Game Weekend Series
Friday, February 10, 2006

Brandon Fulenchek

Justin Darr

Jimmy Baker

Tim Ryan

Will Kaage

SHREVEPORT – Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in the final game of a 2-1 series victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Centenary baseball team retakes the field this weekend against visiting Coppin State.  The Gents look to right the ship after committing three errors and stranding 10 runners on base against the Golden Lions.


Leading the way will be the reigning Mid-Continent Conference Player, Justin Darr, and Pitcher, Brandon Fulenchek, of the Week.  Darr hit .667 with eight hits, five RBI, five runs, and three stolen bases last weekend against the Golden Lions.  Fulenchek tossed seven shutout innings, striking out six without allowing a walk en route the team’s first win of the season in the opener.


The Gents will also look for help from the bats of Jimmy Baker and Tim Ryan, both of whom own the Gents pair of homeruns so far this season.  Also expected to continue with their strong contributions at the plate are outfielders Justin Huff and Matt Webb.  Huff is hitting .500 with three RBI with Webb just behind at a .455 clip, adding four runs on the year.


On the mound for Centenary will be juniors Fulenchek, Will Kaage, and David McElroy.  Kaage pitched six innings of shutout ball against UAPB for his first win the season,  McElroy struggled in his 2006 debut for a no decision, is expected to regain his top form this weekend that made him the staff ace a year ago.


Coppin State comes into Shreveport with a 0-1-1 record after tying Navy in the nightcap of a doubleheader called because of darkness.  Ryan Deakyne and Michael Prats lead the Eagles with .500 averages, while relievers Jesus Melendez and Dennis Lane anchor the CSU pitching staff.  Melendez has given up just one hit in 3.2 innings of work, striking out four while walking three.  Lane has five K’s in 4.1 innings pitched and is holding opponents to a .188 batting average.


Saturday’s doubleheader has been pushed back because of rain, with the first game now starting at 2 p.m.  The second contest will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first.  Sunday’s lone game is still set for 12 noon.