Gents Take Field Against Northern Iowa
Thursday, February 22, 2007




Alex Maldonado leads the Gents
with 11 RBI this season

CENTENARY

(5-7, 0-0 Mid-Con)

vs.

NORTHERN IOWA

(1-3, 0-0 Missouri Valley)

 

Feb. 23-25, 2007

Shehee Stadium

Shreveport, La.

 

PROBABLE CENTENARY PITCHERS

Game 1: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP)

Game 2: Will Kaage (RHP)

Game 3: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP)

 

The Centenary baseball team (5-7) looks to get back on track this weekend, hosting Northern Iowa (1-3) in a three-game series at Shehee Stadium. The weekend series between the Gents and the Panthers is set to begin Friday at 6:30 p.m.

 

Coming off of a 11-1 loss to Stephen F. Austin Tuesday, the Gents look to find their bats in this weekend’s series with the Panthers.

 

GENTS SPLIT IN BASEBALL CLASSIC

Centenary earned a split in its four games at the 2007 Gents Baseball Classic, played at Shehee Stadium Feb. 16-18.

 

In the four games, Centenary earned a 7-6 win over Penn State and a 4-1 win over Kansas State. In their two losses, the Gents fell by just a run, having a chance to comeback over the final few innings.

 

Over the four games, senior outfielder Matt Webb led the Gents with a .571 batting average, .857 slugging percentage and .842 on-base percentage. Although only getting seven at-bats over the four games, Webb knocked in two runs, while scoring a team-leading four runs. He was walked nine times over the four games.

 

Junior catcher Alex Maldonado led the Gents with four RBI in the four games, finishing with a .385 batting average.

 

On the mound, senior Brandon Fulenchek and junior Jeremy Sheehan earned wins for the Gents, with Sheehan pitching seven innings to earn a 4-1 decision over Kansas State Sunday. In the win, the junior righty allowed just six hits, not allowing a runner past second in the first six innings. He struck out three in the win.

 

Fulenchek defeated Penn State Friday, pitching five innings and allowing eight hits for his second win of the season.

 

Freshman reliever Dakota Robinson pitched in three of the four games, earning his first collegiate save against Penn State Friday. For the weekend, Robinson did not allow a hit, striking out three batters.

 

CAUGHT IN THE WEBB

Senior outfielder Matt Webb leads the Mid-Continent Conference in numerous offensive categories, getting his senior campaign off to a blazing start. The leader in on-base percentage in the Mid-Con (.655), Webb is head-and-shoulders above the rest of the conference in two categories, walks and stolen bases. This season, the senior has drawn a league-high 19 walks, with the next closest player drawing eight. In the stolen bases category,

 

Webb leads the conference with 11 on the year, also leading the league in steal attempts.

 

This season, Webb has a .400 batting average, with a team-leading .700 slugging percentage and 13 runs scored.

 

SANCHEZ GUNS OUT AT PLATE

Perhaps making the of last weekend, junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez gunned out Eddie Vasquez of Kansas State at home to prevent the Wildcats from tying the score and leading the Gents to a 4-1 win over the Big 12 foe.

 

With two outs in the top of the eighth, Sanchez fielded a Tyler Link single to left, going home to attempt to get out Vasquez and prevent the tying run from scoring. Hurling the ball with full momentum going forward, Sanchez got Vasquez out by two feet, hitting Centenary catcher Alex Maldonado on the bottom and keeping the score 2-1 in favor of Centenary.

 

In the bottom half of the inning, Sanchez helped out the Gents with an RBI-single to center, scoring freshman Garrett DeRooy and giving Centenary a 4-1 lead.

 

This season, Sanchez leads the Gents with a .417 batting average, stealing eight bases and scoring nine runs.

 

RUN BABY RUN

Centenary occupies the top three spots in the stolen bases category in the Mid-Con, led by senior outfielder Matt Webb’s 11 stolen bases.

 

Webb is followed by junior Calvin Sanchez (8) and senior Justin Huff (5), with Cameron Penny seventh in the conference in stolen bases(3).

 

On a team that likes to run on its opponents, Centenary has stolen a league-high 31 bases this season.

 

SHEEHAN NAMED MID-CON PITCHER OF THE WEEK & CBF NATIONAL HONOR ROLL

For the second consecutive week a Centenary player earned Mid-Con weekly honors and was named to the CBF National Honor Roll.

 

Junior Jeremy Sheehan earned Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week honors after his lights-out performance against Kansas State Sunday. In his win over the Big 12 opponent, Sheehan went seven innings and allowed six hits for the win. The win was his second on the season.

 

In addition to conference honors, Sheehan was named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll, becoming the second Gent to earn such an honor this season.

 

A week prior, junior Calvin Sanchez earned Mid-Con Player of the Week and was also named to the CBF National Honor Roll.

 

This season, Sheehan has a 2-1 record and a 3.93 ERA. He leads the Gents in innings pitched at 18 1/3 innings, holding opponents to a .333 batting average.

 

NOLAND LEADS MID-CON IN OPPONENTS BATTING AVERAGE

Centenary junior lefthander Johnny Noland leads the conference in holding opponents to a .288 batting average this season.

 

Meeting the minimum requirement of 1.0 innings pitched per game, Noland has gone 13 innings this season, allowing 17 hits. He is tied for the Gents’ lead with 10 strikeouts this season, standing with a 6.92 ERA.

 

In Noland’s two starts this season, the Gents have fell by just a run, competitive until the final out of the contest.

 

MALDONADO LEADS GENTS

With 11 RBI this season, junior catcher Alex Maldonado leads the Gents in runs-batted in. Amongst the Mid-Con leaders in RBI this season, Maldonado is batting .270 this season with a slugging percentage of .351. He has seven runs scored.

 

ROBINSON COMING ALONG

Leading the Mid-Con in relief appearances with five, Centenary freshman Dakota Robinson is quickly gaining confidence coming out of the Gents bullpen.

 

With his first career save already in the books, earned against Penn State Friday, Robinson has nine strikeouts this season in 9 1/3 innings pitched. He has a 2.89 ERA and is holding his opponents to a team-low .206 batting average.

 

Robinson’s first career win came against Jackson State Feb. 10.

 

NORTHERN IOWA

The Panthers come into this weekend’s series with a 1-3 record, falling in three games to Arkansas-Little Rock last weekend. In their season-opening series, Northern Iowa allowed 24 runs over the four games, earning a 9-3 win to end the series in Little Rock, Ark.

 

Dane Embury leads the Panthers from the plate, hitting .400 in four games this season. Embury went 6-for-15 against Little Rock with two RBI and three doubles.

 

In the RBI department, Deric Manrique and Brett Featherston both have four RBI this season, both scoring three runs to lead the Panthers.

 

Northern Iowa is set to start Aaron Jenkins in Game 1, Taylor Sinclair in Game 2 and Guido Fonseca in Sunday’s series finale.

 

Fonseca has the lone win for the Panthers this season, pitching seven innings and not allowing an earned run. Jenkins leads the team with nine strikeouts over six innings.

 

ON DECK

Centenary stays at Shehee Stadium to host Toledo of the Mid-American Conference next weekend in a three-game series.