Gents Set to Host Jackson State
Thursday, February 8, 2007




Alex Maldonado had 4 RBI
against Jackson State last season

CENTENARY GENTS

0-3, 0-0 Mid-Con

vs.

JACKSON STATE TIGERS

0-0, 0-0 SWAC

 

Feb. 9-10, 2007

Shehee Stadium

Shreveport, La.

 

Friday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 10 (DH), 12 p.m.

 

PROBABLE STARTING CENTENARY PITCHERS

Friday: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP)

Saturday: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP) and Will Kaage (RHP)

 

Looking to get back on track, the Centenary baseball team (0-3) hosts Jackson State (0-0) Friday and Saturday at Shehee Stadium. Friday’s single game is set for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled for a noon start.

 

The Gents, who were swept in last weekend’s season-opening series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, are poised to get back to .500 in this weekend’s three-game set against the Tigers. One of three Mid-Continent Conference teams to get their season underway, Centenary looks to find its bats this weekend versus Jackson State.

 

In last season’s series against the Tigers, Centenary earned a two-game sweep, played Feb. 17, 2006 at Shehee Stadium. In the two games against the Tigers last season, the Gents outscored Jackson State by a 21-7 margin, keyed by a 15-2 win in Game 1 of the three-game set.

 

CENTENARY STRUGGLES IN OPENING WEEKEND

In last weekend’s series against Corpus Christi, the Gents struggled from the plate, ending the series with the Islanders with a .215 team batting average.

 

Leading Centenary from the plate after last weekend is senior outfielder Matt Webb and freshman infielder Cameron Penny. Webb leads the Gents with a .571 batting average, registering a team-high three RBI and an on-base percentage of .769. The senior outfielder drew five walks in the opening series against Corpus Christi, while stealing two bases.

 

Penny, in his first season with the Gents, led the team with six hits in three games, standing with a .500 batting average and a .500 on-base percentage.

 

On the mound, both Brandon Fulenchek and Will Kaage picked up no decisions in last weekend’s action against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Fulenchek pitched six innings in the season-opener, allowing seven hits and three runs. Kaage pitched 5 2/3 innings in a no decision, allowing six hits.

 

Junior Jeremy Sheehan started Game 3 of the series against the Islanders, allowing 13 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work.

 

All three pitchers are slated to start in this weekend’s series against Jackson State.

 

A LOOK AT JACKSON STATE

Coming off a 22-17 record last season, the Tigers suit up for their first action of the 2007 season.

 

Leading the returnees on the field for Jackson State are infielders Joaquin Rodriguez and Jerome Tyes. Rodriguez led the Tigers with a .457 batting average last season and 54 RBI. The shortstop finished the season with 15 doubles and 19 stolen bases.

 

Tyes finished the year with a .414 batting average and 24 RBI, scoring 29 runs in 31 games.

 

On the mound, the Tigers had a team ERA of 7.12 in 2006.

 

LAST SEASON VS. JACKSON STATE

Playing two games against the Tigers, with the third being rained out, Centenary outscored Jackson State by a 21-7 margin.

 

Played at Shehee Stadium Feb. 17, 2006, senior outfielder Justin Darr led the gents with a .500 batting average and three hits against the Tigers last season. Darr ended the series with three RBI and an on-base percentage of .571. Leading the team with four RBI, junior catcher Alex Maldonado went 1-for-5 in the two-game set.

 

Picking up the two wins last season against the Tigers was David McElroy and Jon Christian. In a start, McElroy went five innings and allowed six hits, giving up just two runs.

 

Starting the other game for the Gents, Will Kaage went four innings and allowed four runs in a no decision, fanning five batters.

 

As a team, Centenary allowed just one extra-base hit in the two-game series against the Tigers last season.

 

TAKE YOUR BASE

Senior outfielder Matt Webb leads the Mid-Continent Conference in walks after the season-opening weekend.

 

Webb, who leads the Gents with a .571 batting average and three RBI, drew five walks in three games last weekend to lead the conference.

 

In his first at bat of the season, Webb went deep for the Gents, hitting a two-run home run over the wall in left center, leading to a very productive weekend for the outfielder.

 

BRINGING THE HEAT

Centenary pitching only struck out nine batters over three games against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last weekend. In contrast, the Islanders struck out 19 Gent batters over the weekend, a difference of 10 strikeouts.

 

Although early in the season and with a team ERA of 5.67, Centenary allowed just four extra-base hits against the Islanders last weekend.

 

ON DECK

Centenary travels to Natchitoches for a mid-week non-conference game against Northwestern State. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.