Gents Look to End Losing Skid, Host Alcorn State
Thursday, March 16, 2006

Kris Calhoun

David McElroy

Justin Darr

Alex Maldonado

SHREVEPORT – Coming into this weekend having lost nine straight, the Centenary baseball team looks to right the ship as they host Alcorn State for a three-game series.  The Gents have 11 games remaining before they start their trek for their third consecutive Mid-Continent Conference tournament appearance.


Kris Calhoun (0-1, 4.03 ERA, 18 K) will take the mound in the series opener, set for a Friday doubleheader at 3 p.m., for his first start of the 2006 season.  Calhoun has made a team-high 11 appearances in relief so far this season, tossing 22 1/3 innings of work.  Opponents are hitting just .253 against the hard-throwing righty.


The second game will see two-time Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week David McElroy (2-0) take the hill.  McElroy leads the Gents (7-11) with a 2.81 ERA and 25 2/3 innings pitched.  He’s struck out 11 batters in five appearances this season.


Weather permitting, the Braves (12-5) and Gents will tangle for a third game on Saturday at 12 noon.  Junior southpaw Brandon Fulenchek (2-4, 5.66 ERA, 15 K) will get the nod for Centenary in the game.  Fulenchek started the season 2-0, but three of his four losses are against programs that made appearances in the NCAA postseason a year ago. 


Offensively, Justin Darr leads the Gents with a .382 batting average.  Joining him at the top of the hitting charts are outfielders Matt Webb (.373 BA) and Tim Ryan (.339 BA), and catcher Alex Maldonado (.327 BA).  Maldonado leads Centenary in RBI with 16, followed just behind by Darr with 15. 


Jimmy Baker and Ryan each have accounted for a pair of homeruns this season while Baker and Webb are tied for the team lead in doubles with four.  Also a threat on the basepaths, Webb and Justin Huff each have stolen nine bases, Darr and Nate Santiago six each, and Ryan five.


The Gents next travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on nationally ranked Arkansas for a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning home to host North Dakota State.