Baseball Returns to Action Against IPFW
Thursday, March 29, 2007


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Justin Darr leads Centenary
with 18 RBI this season

CENTENARY GENTS

10-16, 0-0 Mid-Con

vs.

IPFW MASTODONS

4-19

 

March 30-31, 2007

Shehee Stadium

Shreveport, La.

 

PROBABLE CENTENARY PITCHERS

Game 1: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP)

Game 2: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP)

Game 3: Johnny Noland (LHP)

Game 4: Will Kaage (RHP)

 

The Centenary baseball team (10-16) starts a run of 10 consecutive games at Shehee Stadium when it hosts IPFW (4-19) in a four-game series. The two teams start off the series with a Friday doubleheader, scheduled for a noon start.

 

After taking nine days off, the Gents return to the field rested and ready to return to their winning ways. This season at Shehee Stadium, Centenary stands with a 10-10 record, looking to build on that record this weekend against the Mastodons.

 

Saturday’s doubleheader is also set for a noon start.

 

A LOOK AT THE GENTS

Although falling in their last five games, the Gents are coming off their best offensive output of the season when they scored 14 runs against nationally-ranked Arkansas March 21 at Shehee Stadium. Against the Razorbacks, senior outfielder Matt Webb had arguably his best game at the plate this season, belting out two home runs and registering three RBI.

 

This season, Webb leads the Mid-Continent Conference with an on-base percentage of a .571, while racking up a conference-leading 34 walks and 15 stolen bases. Webb has a team-leading .347 average at the plate, with 15 RBI and 21 runs scored. He leads the Gents with a .613 slugging percentage.

 

Consistent all season and standing in the Top 10 in the conference in batting, junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez has a .325 batting average and a .441 on-base percentage. The junior outfielder has 14 RBI and 21 runs scored, while drawing 15 walks and eight stolen bases. Sanchez sits second on the Gents with a slugging percentage of .422. Fellow-junior Cameron Penney leads the team with 32 hits, batting .311 in 26 games. Penney has 12 RBI and 15 runs scored.

 

As a team, Centenary has a .277 batting average.

 

On the hill, senior Brandon Fulenchek leads all starters with a 2.57 ERA, standing second in the Mid-Con in earned-run average. Steady all season, Fulenchek leads all players in the conference with four wins in 49 innings pitched. He heads into this weekend with a 4-2 record, limiting opponents to a .275 batting average. The senior lefty leads the Gents with 25 strikeouts.

 

Juniors Johnny Noland and Jeremy Sheehan have ERA’s of 4.81 and 5.26, respectively.

 

Noland stands ninth in the conference in ERA, holding opponents to a .259 batting average to lead the Gents. The junior lefty stands fourth in the conference in opponents’ batting average. His 23 strikeouts are good for 10th in the Mid-Con.

 

Sheehan has a 3-3 record in seven starts.

 

Senior right-hander Will Kaage has a 5.97 ERA and a 1-2 record in six starts.

 

In the bullpen, junior Aaron Bronson leads the Gent with three saves, while senior David McElroy leads all relievers with 16 strikeouts. Making a team-leading 13 appearances, freshman Dakota Robinson has logged 21 innings pitched in relief with a 2-2 record and one save. Centenary has a 4.83 team ERA.

 

ABOUT IPFW

Future Mid-Con member IPFW has a road record of 1-11 this season. Joining the Mid-Con in the 2007-08 athletic year, the Mastodons enter this weekend falling in their last three games. Playing Indiana and Michigan, both of the Big Ten, IPFW has been outscored by a 20-5 margin during its current three-game skid.

 

As a team, the Mastodons boast a .283 team batting average, led by freshman infielder Mark Carden. Playing in all 23 games, Carden has a team-leading .346 batting average. He has seven RBI and 12 runs scored.

 

Junior outfielder Jared Davis lead IPFW with 21 RBI, batting .333 with 13 runs scored. In 23 starts, Davis has a team-leading nine doubles.

 

On the mound, IPFW has a team ERA of 8.80.

 

DARR SETS NEW SEASON HIGH, TIES CAREER

In last week’s game against Arkansas, senior Justin Darr tied his career high for RBI in a single game, setting a new high for the 2007 season.

 

Going 2-for-6 from the plate, Darr recorded five RBI in the game. His two hits were both in the first inning, as Centenary set a new season high for runs in a single inning (8).

 

This season, Darr leads the Gents with 18 RBI, standing with a .234 batting average.

 

THREE DEEP

For the first time this season, Centenary hit multiple home runs in a single contest.

 

Senior Matt Webb and sophomore Mike Davis both went deep against Arkansas March 21, driving home three runs.

 

Webb hit two solo home runs over the eighth and the ninth innings against the Razorbacks, while Davis led off the second inning with a home run. The homer was the first of the season for Davis.

 

All five home runs this season for the Gents, including the three hit against the Razorbacks, have went to left field.

 

DAVIS HEATING UP

Getting the start at first base the last five games, sophomore Mike Davis has led the Gents in batting. Davis, a sophomore from Ruston, La., has a .500 batting average the past five games, garnering a team-high eight hits. The sophomore has a team-leading .875 slugging percentage and .579 on-base percentage, registering three RBI and five runs scored. He has 14 total bases in the last five games to lead Centenary.

 

WEBB NAMED MID-CON PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Senior Matt Webb earned his first Mid-Con Player of the Week honors, announced by the conference office Monday.

 

En route to earning the weekly award, Webb went 3-for-4 from the plate against then-No. 9 Arkansas, ending the game with three RBI and three runs scored. The senior outfielder hit his second and third home runs of the season against the Razorbacks.

 

Webb leads the Gents with a .347 batting average and .571 on-base percentage.

 

HUFF SECOND IN CONFERENCE

In the leadoff position in Centenary’s batting order this season, senior outfielder Justin Huff stands second in the Mid-Con in runs scored. Huff has 24 runs scored in 26 games to lead the Gents in runs, batting .279 at the plate.

 

Huff has an on-base percentage of .369 and 12 RBI. He is tied for the team lead with nine multiple-hit games this season.

 

NEW HIGH FOR DEROOY

Going 2-for-3 from the plate, freshman infielder Garrett DeRooy registered a new career high for RBI in a single game against Arkansas March 21.

 

In the March 21st game, DeRooy had three RBI, also scoring two runs. In 22 games this season, he is batting .225 with 14 RBI and nine run scored.

 

BRONSON TIED FOR LEAD

Junior reliever Aaron Bronson stands tied for the Mid-Con lead with three saves in 10 appearances out of the pen this season.

 

Bronson has logged 15 2/3 innings pitched this season, holding his opponents to a .328 batting average.

 

ON DECK

Following this weekend’s four-game series with IPFW, Centenary hosts Northwestern State in a midweek, non-conference game at Shehee Stadium. The two teams battle Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.