Gents Host Chicago State in Four-Game Series
Thursday, April 12, 2007


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Cameron Penney and the Gents take
the field for a four-game series

CENTENARY GENTS

13-17, 0-0 Mid-Con

vs.

CHICAGO STATE

1-27

 

Friday, April 13, 2007 – 2 p.m. (DH)

Saturday, April 14, 2007 – Noon (DH)

Shehee Stadium

Shreveport, La.

 

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

Friday: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP) and Jeremy Sheehan (RHP)

Saturday: Johnny Noland (LHP) and Will Kaage (RHP)

 

GENTS PREPARE FOR CHICAGO STATE

Centenary (13-17) prepares for its final weekend of non-conference play, hosting Chicago State (1-27) in a four-game series at Shehee Stadium Friday and Saturday.

 

The series is set to begin with a Friday doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday’s doubleheader between the two teams will begin at noon.

 

A LOOK AT CENTENARY

The Mid-Continent Conference leaders in team batting take the field against Chicago State at Shehee Stadium. Centenary, averaging 10.8 runs per game in its last five games, leads the conference with a .290 team batting average.

 

Leading the Gents at the plate is junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez. With the uncanny ability to get on base (.471 OB%), Sanchez is hitting .367 this season, standing tied for the team lead with 36 hits. He has 18 RBI and 26 runs scored, stealing nine bases.

 

Right behind Sanchez from the plate and leading the Gents in multiple offensive categories, senior outfielder Matt Webb is hitting .360 with 17 RBI. Webb leads the conference in walks (38), stolen bases (15) and on-base percentage (.572). The senior has knocked out a team-high four home runs, leading the Gents with a .640 slugging percentage.

 

Junior infielders Teddy Saenz and Cameron Penney are hitting .324 and .313, respectively.

 

Saenz leads Centenary with nine doubles, while leading the team with 80 assists. Penney has 36 hits, tying for the team lead, registering 18 RBI and 21 runs scored.

 

On the mound, senior Brandon Fulenchek is amongst the Mid-Con leaders in wins and has a 3.52 ERA. Leading the Gents in innings pitched this season (53.2), Fulenchek has a team-high 28 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .299 batting average.

 

Junior Jeremy Sheehan is coming off a strong effort in which he earned his fourth win of the season. Needing just 65 pitches to earn a 13-1 win over IPFW, Sheehan has a 4-3 record with a 4.63 ERA. This season, Sheehan has 23 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings of work.

 

Junior Johnny Noland and senior Will Kaage get the Saturday starts against Chicago State this weekend.

 

Noland leads all Centenary starters in opponents batting average, holding opposing teams to a .256 batting average in 40 2/3 innings. Coming off his first win of the season, Noland has a 5.09 ERA with 24 strikeouts. He has made 11 appearances this season.

 

Kaage, 1-3 in eight appearances, starts Saturday’s second game in the doubleheader.  In eight appearances (37.2 IP), Kaage has a 7.41 ERA while just walking 10 batters.

 

From the pen, freshman Dakota leads the Mid-Con in appearances this season with 15. The freshman reliever has struck out 14 batters, sitting with a 2-2 record and a save.

 

Senior David McElroy leads all relievers with 17 strikeouts, recording his second save of the season March 30 against IPFW. McElroy has a 4.57 ERA in 21 2/3 innings pitched. Junior Aaron Bronson leads the team with three saves in 12 appearances.

 

As a team, the Gents have a 5.03 ERA.

 

WEBB LEADS NATION

The first NCAA national statistics report of the 2007 season was released Wednesday, with one Centenary player leading the nation.

 

In 30 games, senior outfielder Matt Webb has drawn 38 walks, an average of 1.27 walks per game.

 

At the plate, Webb is hitting .360 with 17 RBI. He is head-and-shoulders above any player in the Mid-Con this season in walks, leading the conference by 20 walks.

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS

Junior infielder Cameron Penney, who is hitting .313 this season with 18 RBI, continues to be a tough out at the plate for the Gents. In 115 at bats this season, Penney has struck out just six times, standing with the 25th best strikeout average (19.2) in the nation.

 

As a team, Centenary stands 24th nationally in stolen bases. In 30 games, the Gents have racked up 54 stolen bases for an average of 1.80 bags per game. Senior Matt Webb leads the team with 15 stolen bases, while fellow-senior Justin Huff has 12.

 

SANTIAGO HITS HIGH

Senior infielder Nate Santiago takes a season-long hit streak into this weekend’s series with Chicago State. The shortstop has hit safely in the past six games to have the longest hit streak for any Gent player currently.

 

This season, Santiago is hittng .278 with 14 RBI.

 

SANCHEZ LEADS GENTS

Junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez is amongst the team leaders in both multi-hit games and multi-RBI games for Centenary. Sanchez is third on the team with 11 multiple-hit games, tied for the team lead with six multiple-RBI games.

 

Senior outfielder Justin Huff and junior infielder Cameron Penney are tied for the team lead with 11 multiple-hit games this season. Penney is tied for the team lead with 36 hits.

 

Junior infielder Teddy Saenz has six multiple-RBI games this season to tie Sanchez for the Centenary lead.

 

ABOUT CHICAGO STATE

Chicago State enters this weekend’s series with a 1-27 record.

 

At the plate, junior infielder Luke Grow leads the Cougars with a .319 batting average. Grow has eight RBI and 29 hits, registering a team-leading .344 on-base percentage.

 

Sophomore infielder Sean Murphy leads Chicago State with 10 RBI, batting .238 in 26 games.

As a team, the Cougars have a team batting average of .209.

 

On the mound, junior right-hander Robert Vargas leads all Chicago State starters with a 6.20 ERA. In seven starts -- nine appearances -- Vargas has an 0-7 record with a team-high 36 strikeouts. He is holding opponents to a .258 batting average.

 

Junior left-hander Chris Freshour and senior right-hander Mike Wieda have ERA’s of 6.95 and 11.34, respectively, in 14 starts combined.

 

The Cougars have a team ERA of 9.89.

 

IN THE MID-CON RANKINGS

   Centenary leads the conference in batting with a .290 average. The Gents have a conference-high .399 on-base percentage and leads the Mid-Con with 283 hits and 173 RBI.

   The Gents lead the league with 150 walks and 54 stolen bases.

   The Centenary staff is second in the conference with a 5.03 ERA.

   Junior Calvin Sanchez is fourth in the conference in batting with a .367 average. He is third in the Mid-Con with a .471 on-base percentage, while teammate Matt Webb leads the conference with a .572 on-base percentage.

   Matt Webb is second in the Mid-Con with a .640 slugging percentage, tied for third in the conference in runs scored (29). Webb is tied for runs with teammate Justin Huff.

   Justin Huff leads the conference with three triples, third in the Mid-Con in walks (17) and stolen bases (12).

   Senior Justin Darr is fourth in RBI with 23.

   Senior Brandon Fulenchek stands second in earned run average with a 3.52 ERA. He leads the Mid-Con in innings pitched (53.2) and is tied for the league lead in wins (4).

   Junior Jeremy Sheehan is tied with Fulenchek for the league lead in wins (4), not allowing a home run this season to lead the Mid-Con.

   Junior Aaron Bronson is second in saves with three.

   Junior Johnny Noland is fourth in opponents batting average (.256).

 

ROBINSON/BRONSON BACK ON

Relievers Dakota Robinson and Aaron Bronson appeared to be back on track in the Gents’ last outing.

 

Although appearing in an 11-5 loss to Northwestern State, Robinson did not allow a hit over two innings of work, while Bronson struck out one and did not allow a hit in the ninth inning.

 

Both struggling against then No. 9 Arkansas March 21, both Robinson and Bronson have not allowed a hit in their last two appearances.

 

STARK NOTCHES FIRST WIN

Centenary freshman pitcher Peter Stark notched the first win of his collegiate career in the 13-7 win over IPFW March 30.

 

Coming in relief in the fifth inning, Stark pitched 1 1/3 innings and did not allow a run in his first career win. He came into the game with runners on the corners and the game tied at 7-7, forcing a flyout to end the inning.

 

This season, Stark has a 4.38 ERA and a 1-0 record in 10 appearances.

 

SEASON HIGH 16

The Gents tied their season high for hits against IPFW March 30. Against the Mastodons, Centenary registered 16 hits for 13 runs, led at the plate by a 4-for-4 effort from junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez.

 

In the three games against IPFW, the Gents had an average of 14 hits per game, their highest average for a three-game series.

 

Centenary looks for another strong effort from the plate this weekend against Chicago State.

 

ON DECK

Centenary hosts Texas College Tuesday at Shehee Stadium. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.