Gents Welcome Toledo to Shehee for Three-Game Series
Thursday, March 1, 2007




Nate Santiago hit .455 last weekend
to lead the Gents

 

CENTENARY GENTS

6-9, 0-0 Mid-Con

vs.

TOLEDO ROCKETS

2-0, 0-0 Mid-American

 

Friday, March 2, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 3, 1 p.m.

Sunday, March 4, Noon

 

March 2-4, 2007

Shehee Stadium

Shreveport, La.

 

CENTENARY PROBABLE ROTATION

Friday: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP)

Saturday: Will Kaage (RHP)

Sunday: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP)

 

Centenary (6-9) welcomes the University of Toledo (2-0) for a three-game series at Shehee Stadium this weekend. The Gents and the Rockets commence the series Friday at 6 p.m.

 

The Gents look to start the month of March anew, looking to regroup following last week’s series with Northern Iowa in which Centenary lost 2-of-3 games. This season at Shehee Stadium, Centenary has a 6-7 record.

 

PREPARING FOR LSU

This weekend’s series is the final series for the Gents prior to next Tuesday’s annual game with LSU, held this season at Fair Grounds Field in Shreveport.

 

Tickets remain available for the 7 p.m. game Tuesday and can be purchased at the Fair Grounds Field box office or by calling 318-636-5555.

 

General admission tickets can also be purchased at area ticket outlets at $15 per ticket.

 

In next week’s game with LSU, the Gents look to duplicate some of the magic they had in the team’s 6-1 upset of the Tigers at Fair Grounds Field in the 2005 season. In the game, the Gents limited LSU to just two hits, keyed by the pitching of J.C. Biagi, who struck out six in the Centenary win.

 

A LOOK AT THE GENTS

Centenary enters Friday’s series-opener with Toledo falling in three of their last four games, looking for a fresh start in the month of March.

 

In their last game, the Gents fell 13-12 in extra innings to Northern Iowa, allowing three runs in the top of the 11th inning.

 

Centenary held a 10-7 lead entering the seventh inning, allowing the Panthers to score three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game. The Gents had an opportunity to win the game in both the eighth and 10th innings. Having runners in scoring position in both innings, Centenary failed to score the game-winning runs in the late innings.

 

In the three games against Northern Iowa, the Gents were led by the hitting of junior infielder Nate Santiago. In the three games, Santiago went 5-for-11 with two RBI and two runs scored. The shortstop hit a team-leading .455 for the series, leading the team with a .571 on-base percentage.

 

Fellow-infielder Teddy Saenz hit .364 for the series, tying for the team lead with four RBI. Saenz had a .562 on-base percentage.

 

In overall games, junior Calvin Sanchez leads Centenary in batting, hitting .396 in 15 games with 15 runs scored. Sanchez, an outfielder, has eight RBI and an on-base percentage of .508, standing second on the team with eight stolen bases. Junior Cameron Penney is batting .344 this season with six RBI. He leads the team with 21 hits this season.

 

The Gents will go with the same rotation as its series with Northern Iowa, starting senior Brandon Fulenchek in Game 1 of the series with the Rockets. Fulenchek has a 3.24 ERA this season with a 2-1 record. In 25 innings, the senior lefty is holding opponents to a .340 batting average with 10 strikeouts.

 

Starting in Game 2, senior Will Kaage has a 5.55 ERA in 24 1/3 innings this season. Standing with a 1-1 record, Kaage won the lone game over Northern Iowa last weekend, pitching six innings and allowing three runs. Jeremy Sheehan gets the start in the series finale with Toledo. Sheehan has a 2-1 record this season with a 4.71 ERA.

 

At Shehee Stadium this season, Centenary is hitting .292 as a team with a 4.69 ERA.

 

LOOKING AT TOLEDO

Toledo enters this weekend’s series undefeated with a 2-0 record. Last weekend at the University of Evansville, the Rockets earned wins over Eastern Illinois (4-3) and Chicago State (6-4).

 

In two games, junior infielder Scott Boley leads the Rockets with a .556 batting average and a .600 on-base percentage. Last weekend, Boley went 5-for-9 with three RBI and a run scored. The junior has a double and a triple in two games.

 

Junior outfielder Drew Hoisington is batting .444 with an on-base percentage of .500.

 

The Rockets are slated to start junior Kyle Rawlings, sophomore Mike Inselmann and senior Todd Thomas in this weekend’s series.

 

Rawlings gets the start in Friday’s game against the Gents, standing with a 1.50 ERA in six innings and a 0-0 record. Inselmann leads the Rockets with eight strikeouts in six innings this sesaon, standing with a 1-0 record and a 3.00 ERA.

 

Thomas has made just one relief appearance this season, not allowing a hit and strike out a better in one inning.

 

Last weekend, Toledo hit .242 as a team and has a 3.50 ERA.

 

ON FRIDAYS THIS SEASON

A bright spot for the Gents entering this weekend’s series with Toledo, Centenary has a 2-1 record on Fridays this season.

 

Defeating both Jackson State (Feb. 9) and Penn State (Feb. 16) on Fridays, the Gents fell for the first time on Friday against Northern Iowa last week.

 

In Friday games, senior Matt Webb leads the team with a .400 batting average, a .600 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage. Senior Justin Huff and junior Alex Maldonado are tied for the team lead with three RBI in Friday games.

 

As a team, the Gents are hitting .239 on Fridays, while standing with a 3.67 ERA. Centenary is outscoring opponents, 16-13, in Friday games.

 

CENTENARY RUNNING THINGS

In 15 games this season, Centenary has 35 stolen bases, compared to 24 steals for their opponents.

 

The Gents leads the Mid-Continent Conference in steals this season, led by senior outfielder Matt Webb’s 11 stolen bases. Behind Webb, junior Calvin Sanchez stands second in the conference with eight stolen bases, while senior Justin Huff has seven bags this season.

 

GENTS HOLD HUGE ADVANTAGE IN WALKS

Centenary stands with a .408 team on-base percentage this season, led by senior outfielder Matt Webb (.606). In the walk department, the Gents hold a huge advantage over their opponents, also leading the conference in walks.

 

In 15 games, Centenary has walked a league-high 87 times, compared to walking their opponent 39 times. On average, the Gents walk 5.8 times per game. Webb leads the Mid-Con with 25 walks this year.

 

SANCHEZ GOES DEEP

Helping the Gents score five runs in the sixth inning against Northern Iowa Feb. 24, junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez hit his first home run at Centenary, leading Centenary to the 12-8 win over the Panthers.

 

With a 2-1 count, Sanchez took Northern Iowa pitcher Angel Cordova over the rightfield wall to help the Gents build a 9-3 lead.

 

This season, Sanchez leads Centenary in batting, standing second on the Gents with an on-base percentage of .508.

 

MALDONADO BRINGING ‘EM HOME

Standing amongst the Mid-Con leaders in RBI this season, junior Alex Maldonado leads the Gents with 13 RBI in 14 games.

Maldonado has registered three RBI in a single game twice this season, batting .271 and scoring 10 runs. He has a .410 on-base percentage with a .354 slugging percentage.

 

SHEEHAN AND NOLAND LEAD IN K’S

Juniors Jeremy Sheehan and Johnny Noland stand tied for the Centenary lead with 12 strikeouts this season.

 

In 21 innings pitched, Sheehan is averaging 3.0 strikeouts per start this season, holding opponents to a .348 batting average.

 

Noland has 12 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched, averaging 2.4 strikeouts per appearance. As a team, Centenary has struck out 77 batters.

 

ON DECK

Centenary hosts LSU at Fair Grounds Field Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Gents host the SEC-foe, with tickets still available, returning to Shehee Stadium Saturday to host Trinity.