Gents Travel to Face Mid-Con Leaders Western Illinois
Thursday, April 26, 2007




Maldonado is hitting .467 in the
past five games to lead the Gents

CENTENARY GENTS

18-21, 1-3 Mid-Con

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WESTERN ILLINOIS LEATHERNECKS

25-16, 6-2 Mid-Con

 

April 27-29, 2007

Boyer Stadium

Macomb, Ill.

 

PROBABLE CENTENARY STARTING PITCHERS

Friday: Brandon Fulenchek (LHP)

Saturday: Jeremy Sheehan (RHP) and Will Kaage (RHP)

Sunday: Johnny Noland (LHP)

 

GENTS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK

Centenary (18-21, 1-3) got off to a rough start in Mid-Continent Conference play, looking to bounce back this weekend when the team travels to Macomb, Ill. to face Western Illinois (25-16, 6-2) in a four-game series at Boyer Stadium.

 

The series begins Friday with a single game scheduled for 3 p.m. A doubleheader between the two teams is set for Saturday at noon, while the final game of the four-game series is scheduled for a noon start Sunday.

 

CENTENARY STRUGGLES AT VALPO

Not getting off to the desired start in Mid-Continent Conference play, Centenary dropped three out of four games at Valparaiso last weekend.

 

After earning a 6-2 decision to open the series against the Crusaders Friday, Centenary fell in the final three games of the series.

 

In both games of Saturday’s doubleheader at Bauer Field, Centenary gave up late runs that eventually proved to be the difference.

 

A LOOK AT THE GENTS

For most of the 2007 season, senior outfielder Matt Webb has led the Gents in hitting. Heading into this weekend against the Leathernecks, Webb continues to lead the team with a .339 average, a .568 on-base percentage and a .568 slugging percentage.

 

Although struggling mightily against Valparaiso last weekend, Webb is poised to get back on track against Western Illinois this weekend. In 39 games, the senior outfielder has a team-high 39 runs scored, 20 stolen bases and 53 walks.

 

Also looking to get back on track against Western Illinois is junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez, who struggled against Valpo by going 1-for-12 from the plate. Sanchez has been one of the steadiest hitters this season for the Gents, standing second on the team with a .325 average. In 39 games, the junior outfielder has racked up 24 RBI and 30 runs scored.

 

The junior infield duo of Cameron Penney and Teddy Saenz have .310 and .323 batting averages, respectively.

 

Saenz was one of the Gent leaders in hitting against Valparaiso last weekend, registering his first home run of the season. This season, the junior third baseman has 28 RBI to tie for the Gent lead, standing with a .444 slugging percentage. He has 10 doubles to stand second on the team.

 

Penney leads the Gents with 45 hits in 39 games. He has 24 RBI, while standing with 26 runs scored.

 

Senior designated hitter Justin Darr stands tied with Saenz for the team lead in RBI with 28. Darr is hitting .248 this season.

 

On the mound, senior Brandon Fulenchek continues to excel, capturing the lone win against Valparaiso last weekend. In 11 starts, Fulenchek has a 3.04 ERA with a 6-2 record. He currently leads the Mid-Continent Conference in wins and innings pitched (71.0), holding opponents to a .275 batting average.

 

Behind Fulenchek, junior Jeremy Sheehan stands with a 5-4 record and a 4.42 ERA, followed by fellow-junior Johnny Noland (1-6, 5.85 ERA) and senior Will Kaage (2-4, 6.12 ERA).

 

Kaage is set to start the seven-inning game against the Leathernecks Saturday.

 

As a team, the Gents carry a 4.78 team ERA.

 

FULENCHEK DEALIN’

Standing with a 2-0 record with two no decisions in his last four starts, senior left-hander Brandon Fulenchek continues to be one of the premier pitchers in the Mid-Continent Conference.

 

Against Valparaiso last week, Fulenchek helped the Gents capture a 6-2 victory and their first conference win of the season. Fulenchek picked up his first complete game of the year, allowing six hits over nine innings with five strikeouts.

 

This season, the senior stands amongst the conference leaders in several pitching categories, most especially leading the league in wins (6) and innings pitched (71.0).

 

MALDONADO LEADS GENTS

In four conference games this season, junior catcher Alex Maldonado leads the Gents with a .462 batting average and six hits.

 

Maldonado got off to a great start in the conference season, going 6-for-13 last weekend with three RBI. The junior led the Gents with three doubles in four games, tying for the team lead with four walks. He recorded nine total bases to lead the Gents.

 

Struggling at the plate in the weekend series against Chicago State, played April 13-14 at Shehee Stadium, Maldonado has hit .467 from the plate to lead the Gents in hitting in the last five games.

 

WEBB LEADS NATION

Continuing to get on base at an alarming rate, senior outfielder Matt Webbs stands as the national leader in walks for the third consecutive week.

 

In 39 games, Webb has drawn 53 walks, leading the NCAA’s with a 1.36 walks per game average.

 

Currently, Webb has a .568 on-base percentage with a team-high 68 total bases. He leads the Gents with a .339 batting average.

 

PENNEY HANGS TOUGH

Junior infielder Cameron Penney has now moved into the top 10 nationally in strikeout average. Penney carries the sixth-best strikeout ratio in the country with a 24.2 stikeout average.

 

In 145 at-bats this season, Penney has struck out just six times, the best strikeout average of any player in the Mid-Con.

 

Penney leads the Gents with 45 hits, batting .310 this season.

 

GENTS CONTINUE TO RUN

Centenary, the leaders in the Mid-Continent Conference in stolen bases, stand 19th nationally in steals.

 

Averaging 2.00 stolen bases per game, Centenary is led in steals by senior outfielder Matt Webb. In 39 games, Webb has recorded a league-leading 20 stolen bases, caught stealing twice this year.

 

Behind Webb, fellow-senior Justin Huff has 13 stolen bases from the leadoff position.

 

Juniors Calvin Sanchez and Cameron Penney each have 11 stolen bases each.

 

In total, the Gents have recorded 78 stolen bases in 39 games to lead the conference.

 

SANTIAGO MATCHES SEASON-HIGH

Since returning from injury last Friday against Valparaiso, senior infielder Nate Santiago has picked up right where he left off. In the four games against Valparaiso last weekend, Santiago picked up hits in each game, raising his batting average to .304 this season.

 

Santiago has hits in his last six games to match his season high for consecutive games with a hit. He holds the longest current hit streak of any Gent player heading into this weekend’s series.

 

SCOUTING WESTERN ILLINOIS

The Leathernecks head into this weekend’s series with six wins in Mid-Con play, leading the conference with a 6-2 conference record.

 

Brett Pendell, who is hitting .382 in 41 games with 29 RBI, leads Western Illinois at the plate. Pendell has a team-high on-base percentage of .453 and 46 runs scored, recording 13 doubles to lead the Leathernecks.

 

Travis Check chips in with a .356 batting average and a team-leading 39 RBI, scoring 41 runs in 37 games. Check leads the Leathernecks with a .568 slugging percentage, registering six home runs.

 

As a team, the Leathernecks have a .272 batting average, scoring 255 runs in 41 games for an average of 6.2 runs per game.

 

On the mound, Travis Tolsma has a 4-4 record in 11 starts, leading all WIU starting pitchers with a 4.41 ERA. He leads the team in innings pitched (63.1), registering 43 strikeouts.

 

Quinn Leath has a 2-3 record with a 4.41 ERA in nine starts, while Rob Johnson has a team-leading 52 strikeouts and a 5-4 record. Johnson has a 6.83 ERA this season.

 

As a team, Western Illinois has a 5.55 team ERA.

 

ON DECK

Centenary hosts its first conference series of the season when Southern Utah visits Shehee Stadium May 4-6.

 

This season, Centenary boasts a 17-12 record at home.