Baseball Opens Season Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday
Friday, February 2, 2007




Brandon Fulenchek takes the mound
for the Season Opener Saturday

CENTENARY (0-0, 0-0 Mid-Con)

vs.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (0-0, 0-0 Southland)

Feb. 3-4, 2007

Shehee Stadium

Shreveport, La.

 

PROBABLE STARTING CENTENARY PITCHERS

Saturday: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) and Will Kaage (RHP)

Sunday: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP)

 

The slates anew as the Centenary baseball team takes the field for the first time in the 2007 season Saturday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Shehee Stadium.

 

The Gents take the field in a doubleheader against the Islanders Saturday, followed by a single game Sunday. Both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games are scheduled for a noon start.

 

SENIORS LEADING CHARGE

Seniors Brandon Fulencheck and Will Kaage are set to take the mound for the Gents in Saturday’s doubleheader against the Islanders. Both experienced arms, Fulenchek and Kaage combined to make 25 starts for Centenary last season, combining for seven wins.

 

Fulenchek led the Gents in innings pitched in 2006, logging 70.0 innings and ending the year with a 3-6 record, striking out 37.

 

At the plate, seniors Justin Darr, Justin Huff, Nate Santiago and Matt Webb combined for 114 of 286 RBI (39.9 percent) for Centenary last year, with Darr finishing second on the team in RBI with 37.

 

Webb registered 45 runs and finished the season with a team-high 17 stolen bases.

 

DARR RETURNS AS ALL-CONFERENCE

Senior Justin Darr returns as the lone all-conference player for the Gents heading into this weekend’s series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

 

Named first team All-Mid-Con in 2006, Darr finished the year ninth in the conference in individual batting with a .368 batting average and 37 RBI. He was one of three Gent players to earn all-conference honors.

 

SCOUTING CENTENARY’S INFIELD

Juniors Cameron Penny, Teddy Saenz, along with senior Nate Santiago and freshman Garrett DeRooy are penciled in as opening day starters for the Gents.

 

Santiago returns as the only infielder with starting experience, starting in 52 games last season and set to start at short against Corpus Christi. The 5-foot-11 senior hit .260 last season with 27 RBI and 28 runs scored.

 

Penny, Saenz and DeRooy all come highly-regarded and will have to step up in a potential-filled, yet young infield.

 

SCOUTING CENTENARY’S OUTFIELD

A power and experienced position for the Gents, seniors Justin Darr, Justin Huff and Matt Webb are set to start in the outfield against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday.

 

In the most experienced position on the Gents roster, the three seniors accounted for 87 RBI and 99 runs last season, all poised to close out their collegiate careers with a Mid-Con Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.

 

Darr, who may also see time as a designated hitter, started 45 games last season, with Huff starting 50 in the outfield. Huff finished the year with a .307 batting average and 29 runs scored.

 

Webb, leading the squad with 17 stolen bases, finished the year with a .308 batting average and an on-base percentage of .429.

 

A LOOK AT CENTENARY’S CATCHERS

Junior Alex Maldonado returns starting 52-of-53 games as a second-year player in 2006. Maldonado finished the season with a .318 batting average and 34 RBI, with a .452 on-base percentage.

 

First-year Centenary players Jason Blilie and Gordon Murphy add depth to the position.

 

2007 ARMS

Seniors Will Kaage, Brandon Fulenchek and David McElroy all come back with starting experience, combining for 10 wins last season. With the seniors, junior Johnny Noland and sophomore Derek Bross appeared in over 20 games last season, adding depth to the senior class. Noland started six games with a 5.02 ERA and a 1-3 record.

 

The newcomers to the Gents roster will be looked upon to step up and fill both the rotation and out of the pen heading into 2007. Coming from Cowley County Community College, junior Jeremy Sheehan gets the Sunday start for the Gents.

 

LSU COMING TO FAIR GROUNDS FIELD

The Bayou Bengals are coming to Shreveport, facing Centenary in the annual matchup March 6. Played at Fair Grounds Field at 7 p.m., tickets are now available for the game and can be purchased at area ticket outlets, the Fair Grounds Field box office or contacting the Centenary baseball office at 869-5298.

 

Tickets are priced at $25/$20/$15 with all fans requiring a ticket.

 

UP NEXT

Centenary continues its homestand facing Jackson State at Shehee Stadium Feb. 9-10.