Baseball Hosts Trinity in Two-Game Series
Thursday, March 8, 2007


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Teddy Saenz leads the Gents
in batting in the last 10 games

CENTENARY

8-11, 0-0 Mid-Con

vs.

TRINITY

5-7, 0-0 SCAC

March 10-11, 2007

Shehee Stadium

Shreveport, La.

 

Sat., March 10, 7 p.m.

Sun., March 11, 1 p.m.

 

PROBABLE CENTENARY STARTING PITCHERS

Game 1: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP)

Game 2: Will Kaage (RHP) or Jeremy Sheehan (RHP)

 

Centenary (8-11) looks to get back to its winning ways when it hosts Trinity (5-7) in a two-game series at Shehee Stadium this weekend. The Gents throw out the first pitch in the weekend series Saturday at 7 p.m.

 

The Gents are coming off a hard-fought, highly-contested game against LSU Tuesday at Fair Grounds Field. In Tuesday’s game, Centenary fell to the Tigers, 2-1, although just giving up five hits to the SEC opponent.

 

This season at Shehee Stadium, Centenary holds an 8-8 record, winning 2-of-3 against Toledo last weekend.

 

Live stats will be available for both Saturday’s and Sunday’s game against the Tigers.

 

ABOUT CENTENARY

Centenary heads into this weekend hitting .284 as a team, led by the bat of senior outfielder Matt Webb. In his final season with the Gents, Webb is emerging as one of the premier offensive threats in the Mid-Continent Conference.

 

The senior leads the conference in multiple offensive categories, leading the Gents with a .353 batting average. Thus far this season, Webb has walked a conference-leading 29 times and has stolen a league-high 13 bases. In 19 games, he has an on-base percentage of .607 to lead the Mid-Con.

 

Also getting off to a good start in his first year with the Gents, junior Calvin Sanchez is batting .345 this season with a team-leading 18 runs scored. The outfielder has garnered Mid-Con Player of the Week honors already this season, registering nine RBI and eight stolen bases. Sanchez is second on the team with an on-base percentage of .480 and a slugging percentage of .466.

 

Junior Cameron Penny leads the Gents with 26 hits, batting .338 this year, while fellow-junior Alex Maldonado leads the team with 17 RBI.

 

On the mound, Centenary sports a 4.05 team ERA, holding opponents to a .302 batting average this season.

 

Senior Brandon Fulenchek leads all Gent starters with a 2.61 ERA and a 3-1 record in five starts. Fulenchek has the most innings of any Centenary starter (31.0), while holding opponents to a .304 ERA. Fulenchek has won two of his last three starts.

 

With a 4.01 ERA, junior Johnny Noland is second on the Gents with 16 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. The lefty is holding opponents to a .248 batting average, the best of any Centenary starter this season.

 

In relief, the duo of Aaron Bronson and Dakota Robinson have a combined three saves and 16 strikeouts. Robinson is tied for the lead amongst Centenary relievers with 12 strikeouts, sitting tied with senior David McElroy. This season, Robinson has made 10 appearances from the pen, leading the Mid-Con Conference.

 

ABOUT TRINITY

Trinity enters this weekend’s series with a 5-7 record, with a 1-5 record on the road this season.

 

In 12 games, the Tigers have a .290 batting average led by Steven Ramos. Playing in every game for Trinity this season, Ramos has a .478 batting average with a team-leading 22 hits. His .547 on-base percentage leads the team this season, amassing eight RBI.

 

Nick Vera has registered a team-leading 14 RBI in 12 games, batting .386 this season with a .682 slugging percentage.

 

Ramos and Vera have combined for 24 runs to lead the Tigers.

 

On the mound, Drew Bignall has a 1.84 ERA in three appearances this season, starting two games. Bignall has 13 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. Holding opponents to a .253 batting average, Britton Horn has a 2.18 ERA in 20 2/3 innings and two starts.

 

As a team, Trinity has an ERA of 3.91.

 

GENTS FALL JUST SHORT OF LSU

In a pitchers dual, with the game ending with a combined 11 hits between the two teams, two early runs led LSU to a 2-1 win over Centenary at Fair Grounds Field Tuesday.

 

Centenary pitcher Johnny Noland had his best start thus far in the 2007 season, allowing just three hits over 5 2/3 innings, giving up two unearned runs. It was in the first inning when Noland misfired on an attempted pickoff at first that allowed Jared Mitchell to score LSU’s first run of the contest and take the early lead.

 

Following the first inning, Noland found his groove and induced multiple ground balls and flyouts.

 

At the plate, junior Cameron Penney led the Gents with two hits (2-of-4), scoring the lone run in the loss.

 

Over the final two innings, Louis Coleman shut the door on Centenary, not allowing a hit and striking out five for the save.

 

DARR STREAKING

Senior Justin Darr heads into this weekend’s series with Trinity on an eight-game hitting streak.

 

Recently finding his bearings at the plate, Darr has the second-longest of any Gent player this season, only standing behind the 10-game hitting streak of Justin Huff and Calvin Sanchez earlier this season.

 

In the eight games span, Darr has six RBI and eight runs scored, hitting .323 from the plate. The senior designated hitter has a .432 on-base percentage in the eight games.

 

This season, Darr is hitting .243 in overall games with 12 RBI.

 

FRESHMEN BRINGING HEAT

Leading the Gents in strikeout per walk ratio this season, freshmen Dakota Robinson and Peter Stark have shown the ability to control their pitches.

 

Robinson leads the Gents with a strikeout per walk ratio of 4.00, with Stark right behind at 3.67. Together, the relievers have combined to fan 23 batters, led by Robinson’s 12 K’s. Both have walked only three batters this season.

 

In 8 2/3 innings this season and six relief appearances, Stark has allowed just two runs.

 

SATURDAY FOR FULENCHEK

Senior lefty Brandon Fulenchek gets the Saturday start for the Gents, with the Sunday start still undecided between Will Kaage and Jeremy Sheehan.

 

This season, Fulenchek is 0-0 in Saturday starts, starting the season-opener against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and earning a no decision in the start.

 

In the Feb. 3 start against the Islanders, Fulenchek allowed seven hits over six innings in Centenary’s 8-5 loss.

 

Fulenchek has a 2.50 ERA and a 2-1 record over his last three starts, holding his opponents to a .258 batting average.

 

SAENZ FILLING ROLES

This season, junior infielder Teddy Saenz has started in three of the four infield positions for the Gents, showing his versatility as a player.

 

Now the starter at third, Saenz started the year as the starting second baseman for the Gents. The junior from San Jose has also seen time at shortstop, filling in for Nate Santiago while the senior rested an injury.

 

Since moving to third, Saenz has assisted on 15 outs. In the seven games since his move, he is also leading the Gents with a .429 batting average, .571 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage.

 

MCELROY PICKS UP FIRST SAVE

In the 9-1 win over Toledo March 2, senior reliever David McElroy pitched three innings of scoreless ball for his first save of the season. Against the Rockets, the senior allowed just one hit and struck out four batters.

 

In six appearances this season, McElroy has a 3.09 ERA with 12 strikeouts, tied for the most K’s amongst relievers.

 

GENTS PUT UP 24 IN BACK-TO-BACK

Against Trinity this weekend, Centenary looks to duplicate the offensive effort put forth against Northern Iowa Feb. 23-25. In the Saturday and Sunday games against the Panthers, Centenary put up a combined 24 runs in the back-to-back games.

 

The offensive output was the most in consecutive games this season by the Gents, something the team looks to do again this weekend.

 

UP NEXT

Centenary hosts Stephen F. Austin in a Tuesday game at Shehee Stadium. In the 6 p.m. game, the Gents look to get redemption for an 11-1 loss they suffered in Nacogdoches, Texas Feb. 20.