Big Ten and Big 12 Coming to Shehee Stadium for Gents Baseball Classic
Thursday, February 15, 2007




Brandon Fulenchek gets things
started for the Gents agianst
Penn State Friday

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Centenary (3-4) hosts the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic at Shehee Stadium Friday to Sunday. Visiting Shreveport this weekend are Penn State (0-0) of the Big Ten and Kansas State (0-0) of the Big 12, with the Wildcats and Nittany Lions kicking the games off Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.

 

Game Schedule (Home Team in Neutral Games Listed First)

Friday, Feb. 16

Game 1: Kansas State vs. Penn State, 4 p.m.

Game 2: Penn State at Centenary, 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, Feb. 17

Game 3: Kansas State at Centenary, 1 p.m.

Game 4: Penn State vs. Kansas State, 4 p.m.

 

Sunday, Feb. 18

Game 5: Penn State at Centenary, 10 a.m.

Game 6: Kansas State at Centenary, 1 p.m.

 

GENTS RETURN TO SHEHEE

Coming off a 5-4 loss at Northwestern State Tuesday, Centenary returns to Shehee Stadium for this weekend’s Gents Baseball Classic.

 

In Tuesday’s game, the Gents almost made up a three-run deficit over the final two innings. In the final inning, Centenary failed to score the game-tying run with two aboard and no outs.

 

The Gents broke out against Northwestern State, taking a 2-0 lead after the top of the third inning. Senior Matt Webb tripled to centerfield in the third, later scoring when fellow-senior Justin Darr grounded out to first.

 

Junior lefty Johnny Noland went six innings for the Gents, allowing seven hits, five runs and striking out seven.

 

SLATED TO START FOR GENTS

Seniors Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) and Will Kaage (RHP) will be joined by juniors Jeremy Sheehan (RHP) and Johnny Noland (LHP) in starts against Penn State and Kansas State this weekend.

 

Fulenchek gets the start in Friday’s game against Penn State, followed by Kaage Saturday against Kansas State. Sheehan and Noland take on the two teams in Sunday’s doubleheader.

 

Of the four starters, Fulenchek leads the group with a 2.77 ERA in two starts. The lefty has a 1-0 record with four strikeouts, limiting opponents to a .360 batting average.

 

Kaage (0-0) has a 4.76 ERA in his two starts, both seven inning games, holding opponents to a .298 batting average.

 

Sheehan leads all players with seven strikeouts this season, holding a 5.56 ERA and a 1-1 record.

 

Noland is coming off Tuesday’s start against Northwestern State, standing with an 0-1 record and a 5.62 ERA.

 

AT SHEHEE THIS SEASON

Centenary holds a 3-3 record at home this season, outscoring its opponents, 38-35, in the six games. As a team, the Gents are hitting .287 as a team at home this season, with an on-base percentage of .409.

 

Two juniors lead Centenary from the plate in home games, with infielder Cameron Penny hitting a team-leading .458. Penny has an on-base percentage of .519 and slugging percentage of .500, while registering five RBI in the six games.

 

Hitting .462 in home games this season, outfielder Calvin Sanchez has a .562 on-base percentage and .615 slugging percentage with three RBI in six home games.

 

Senior outfielder Matt Webb leads the Gents with a .706 slugging percentage and .607 on-base percentage. Webb is hitting .412 this season at home with four RBI.

 

The Gents have a 4.17 team ERA in home games, with starters Brandon Fulenchek, Will Kaage and Jeremy Sheehan combining for a 2-1 record.. With all three pitchers going this weekend against Penn State and Kansas State, Fulenchek leads all starters with a 2.77 ERA in 13 innings this season.

 

In last weekend’s series against Jackson State, Centenary outscored the Tigers, 27-14, in the three-game series.

 

SANCHEZ NAMED MID-CON PLAYER OF THE WEEK

In his first season with the Gents, junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez was named Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week Monday, the first Centenary player to earn weekly conference accolades.

 

Sanchez tied for the team-lead with a .500 batting average in the three-games against Jackson State, ending the series with three RBI and two doubles.

 

The junior outfielder led the Gents with a .700 slugging percentage and .615 on-base percentage.

 

SANCHEZ CONTINUES TO EARN HONORS, NAMED TO CBF HONOR ROLL

Hitting .500 for the series against Jackson State, junior Calvin Sanchez was named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll for the week of Feb. 13.

 

The only player from the Mid-Continent Conference to earn weekly honors, Sanchez scored the game-winning run against Jackson State Saturday, ending the game with three stolen bases.

 

The outfielder, who played for Cabrillo College last season, walked to get the winning run aboard in the bottom of the ninth inning. After stealing second, Sanchez scored on a Tim Kelleher single to capture the 7-6 extra innings win for Centenary.

 

This season, Sanchez is hitting .529 in seven games with an on-base percentage of .600 and slugging percentage of .706. He has three RBI and five stolen bases.

 

STREAKS HEADING IN

Seniors Justin Huff and Matt Webb, along with juniors Cameron Penny and Calvin Sanchez bring five-plus game hit streaks into this weekend’s Gents Baseball Classic.

 

Penny leads the group, getting hits in all seven games this season. The junior infielder from Palomar Community College, has a .414 batting average this season with five RBI.

 

Huff has hits in the past six games from the leadoff spot for the Gents. The centerfielder has a .333 batting average and eight runs scored with five stolen bases.

 

Webb and Sanchez both bring five-game hit streaks into this weekend’s series.

 

SAENZ FILLING IN AT SHORT

Junior Teddy Saenz is excelling at short, filling in for the injured Nate Santiago the past four games. Starting the year at second base, Saenz is hitting .400 the last four games while starting at shortstop.

 

Registering two RBI and drawing three walks, Saenz has the third-best batting average of any Gents player since Feb. 9 with an on-base percentage of .500.

 

On the year, Saenz is hitting .269 with three RBI.

 

CENTENARY RUNNING

The Gents have registered 11 more stolen bases than their opponents this season. Centenary has 24 stolen bases in seven games this season, allowing 13 stolen bases.

 

Leading the Gents in stolen bases, senior outfielder Matt Webb has eight bags in seven games, followed by senior Justin Huff (5) and junior Calvin Sanchez (5).

 

BRONSON PICKS UP SAVE FOR GENTS

Junior Aaron Bronson picked up the first save for the Gents this season, not allowing a run in the final two innings in a win over Jackson State Feb. 9.

 

In the 7-2 win over the Tigers, Bronson allowed just one hit and struck out one to earn the save.

 

In two appearances this season, Bronson has an 0-1 record with a 4.50 ERA and three strikeouts.

 

WEBB GOES DEEP TO KICK OFF SEASON

Senior outfielder Matt Webb kicked off his final season in fine style, hitting a home run over the leftfield wall in Shehee Stadium.

 

Registering the lone home run for the Gents this season, Webb is hitting .400 in seven games with a team-leading .750 slugging percentage and .606 on-base percentage.

 

Hitting in the three spot this season, Webb leads the Mid-Continent Conference with eight stolen bases.

 

CENTENARY PICKED FIFTH IN MID-CON PRESEASON POLL

Garnering 11 points in the preseason poll, Centenary was picked fifth in the 2007 Mid-Con Preseason Poll.

 

Returning all-conference designated hitter Justin Darr, Centenary looks to surprise conference foes when Mid-Con play begins in April.

 

Last season, Centenary finished fourth in the conference with an 11-11 Mid-Con record.

 

ON DECK

Centenary travels to Nacogdoches, Texas to face Stephen F. Austin in a midweek game against the Lumberjacks. First pitch Tuesday is set for 2 p.m.