Baseball Faces Conference-Leading Oral Roberts
Wednesday, May 9, 2007

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Teddy Saenz leads the Gents
with a .323 batting average this year


23-24, 6-6 Mid-Con



29-15, 11-1 Mid-Con


May 11-13, 2007

Tulsa, Okla.

Johnson Stadium



Friday: Will Kaage, RHP

Saturday: Brandon Fulenchek, LHP and Jeremy Sheehan, RHP

Sunday: Johnny Noland



The Centenary baseball team (23-24, 6-6) visits first-place Oral Roberts (29-15, 11-1) in Tulsa, Okla. this weekend. The four-game series at Johnson Stadium is set to begin Friday at 7 p.m.


Now standing in third place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings, the Gents can solidify a berth in the Mid-Con Tournament with a good weekend in Tulsa.



In 12 Mid-Continent Conference games this season, Centenary junior catcher Alex Maldonado continues to lead the Gents with a .429 batting average, a .543 on-base percentage and a .514 slugging percentage. Since entering conference play, Maldonado has been the biggest offensive threat for the Gents, registering 15 hits and a team-high nine walks.


Batting .372 in Mid-Con games and sitting second on the team in hitting in conference games, senior outfielder Justin Huff has registered a team-leading 16 RBI on 16 hits. Huff has three doubles and a .512 slugging percentage in conference games, scoring six runs with 22 total bases.


In overall games, junior infielder Teddy Saenz leads the team with a .323 average in overall games, notching 30 RBI. Saenz is followed by senior outfielder Matt Webb, who is hitting .317 with 20 RBI.


Webb leads the Gents in overall games with a .540 on-base percentage and a .540 slugging percentage.


As a team, Centenary is hitting .289 this season.



The Centenary pitching staff continues to be led by senior left-hander Brandon Fulenchek, who picked up his league-leading eighth win of the season Friday against Southern Utah. Fulenchek leads the Gents with a 2.90 ERA and has a league-leading 87.0 innings pitched.


Juniors Jeremy Sheehan and Johnny Noland stand in the top 10 in the Mid-Con in earned-run average with 4.40 and 5.24 ERA’s, respectively.


Sheehan has a 6-4 record in 12 starts this season, notching 71.2 innings pitched and 32 strikeouts. He has registered two complete games this season, having been part of two shutouts.


Noland picked up his second win of the season Saturday against Southern Utah. This season, Noland has a 2-6 record in 16 appearances, nine starts, leading all starters in holding opponents to a .267 batting average. Noland has 39 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings pitched.


In the pen, freshman Dakota Robinson has been solid all season, leading all relievers with 38 2/3 innings pitched this season.


In a league-leading 23 appearances, Robinson has a 3.96 ERA and a 2-3 record with a save to his credit. Robinson leads all Gent relievers with 27 strikeouts to just five walks.


Junior right-hander Aaron Bronson leads the Gents with five saves, standing with a 2-2 record in 20 appearances.


Senior David McElroy, sophomore Derek Bross and freshman Peter Stark are also options out of the Centenary pen. McElroy has two saves in long relief, pitching 24 1/3 innings in 15 appearances.


As a team, the Gents have a 4.67 team ERA, good for second in the Mid-Con.



The Mid-Con leaders come into this weekend’s series having won their last four conference games, dropping just one Mid-Con game this season.


Oral Roberts is led at the plate by Brendan Duffy, who is batting .345 with 25 RBI in 44 games. Duffy has a team-leading .448 on-base percentage, registering 17 stolen bases and 26 walks to lead the Golden Eagles.


Chad Rothford leads Oral Roberts with 35 RBI and 11 home runs, hitting .278 with a team-leading .523 slugging percentage.


Three players on the Golden Eagles have 30 or more RBI.


On the mound, Chance Chapman and Jeremy Hefner lead the ORU staff.


Chapman remains arguably the top pitcher in the Mid-Con, standing with a 5-1 record with a 1.27 ERA. Nationally-ranked with 91 strikeouts in 18 appearances, Chapman moved from reliever to starter this season, notching five saves. He holds opponents to a .197 batting average.


Behind Chapman, Hefner has a 2.92 ERA with a 7-1 record. In 12 appearances and seven starts, Hefner has 81 strikeouts, holding opponents to a .218 batting average.


As a staff, Oral Roberts has a league-leading 3.69 ERA, holding their opponents to a .264 batting average.



Drawing a walk in Sunday’s loss to Southern Utah, senior outfielder Matt Webb became the single-season record holder in the Mid-Continent Conference in walks.


Now with 59 walks in 2007, Webb now owns both the Centenary and Mid-Con record for walks in a season.


He is the national leader in walks and walks per game (1.26).



Becoming one of the top pitchers in the Mid-Con, senior Brandon Fulenchek extended his streak of six consecutive starts without taking a loss.


Now 8-2 this season, Fulenchek lowered his ERA to 2.90 after his 7-2 win over Southern Utah Friday. The senior left-hander leads the Mid-Con with eight wins this season, also pitching a league-leading 87.0 innings.


During his streak, Fulenchek has a 4-0 record. He has registered career highs in all pitching categories this season.



Junior reliever Aaron Bronson earned a win and a save in Centenary’s sweep of the Saturday doubleheader against Southern Utah.


In Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, Bronson came into the game in the 10th with two outs and runners at second and third. With the game on the line, Bronson forced a groundout by Robert Sandstrom to end the inning, leading to the Gents scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the inning.


The following game, Bronson entered the game in the top of the sixth with a two-run lead and runners at first and second. Again, Bronson responded to the pressure and got the final two outs of the inning, pitching a scoreless seventh for his fifth save of the season.


He has a 2-2 record with a 4.67 ERA.



The four innings of relief registered by freshman pitcher Dakota Robinson over the weekend set a new career high for innings pitched by the left-hander.


Robinson came into the game with the Gents trailing Southern Utah, 6-2, Saturday, helping the Gents tie the game and force extra innings through his shutout relief.


The freshman also pitched two shutout innings Sunday against the Thunderbirds, striking out one and not allowing a hit.


The leader in strikeout to walk ratio for the Gents (5.40), Robinson has not allowed a run in four of his last five appearances.


He leads the Mid-Con with 23 appearances this season.



Now with a career-high eight wins this season, senior starting pitcher Brandon Fulenchek is tied for 35th nationally in wins this season.


With an 8-2 record, Fulenchek has a win percentage of .800 to stand amongst the top 50 pitchers nationally.


In 13 starts, Fulenchek has a 2.90 ERA and 87.0 innings pitched.



Junior infielder Cameron Penney remains nationally ranked in strikeout ratio. In 176 at-bats this season, Penney has struck out just 10 times to rank 14th nationally in strikeout ratio.


He is batting .301 this season with 30 RBI.


Senior infielder Nate Santiago is tied for 18th nationally in sacrifice hits this season. In 36 games, Santiago has registered 10 sacrifices to average 0.28 per game. He is hitting .277 with 22 RBI.




As a team, the Gents lead the Mid-Con in steals this season, averaging 1.83 steals per game.


Led by senior outfielder Matt Webb’s 22 stolen bases this season, Centenary stands 24th nationally in team steals.


Four Gent players have 10 or more steals this season.



Freshman infielder Garrett DeRooy has been one of the offensive leaders for the Gents. In 12 conference games, the freshman stands tied for second with nine RBI, batting .366 to stand third in hitting in Mid-Con games.


DeRooy has a team-leading three doubles in conference games, while standing with a .426 on-base percentage.



Senior outfielder Justin Huff leads the Mid-Continent Conference with four triples this season.


Huff, batting .295 in 47 games, has 31 RBI, registering 16 in the last 12 games. He stands in the top 10 in the conference with 37 runs scored, sitting with a .362 on-base percentage.



Since his move to the lead-off position for the Gents, junior infielder Teddy Saenz has a .324 batting average with seven runs scored.


Saenz made the move April 27 at Western Illinois, topping the order in every game since. He has a .395 on-base percentage and 11 hits since the move.


Saenz leads the Gents this season with a .323 batting average.



Graduating Summa Cum Laude, senior pitcher Brandon Fulenchek earned numerous academic awards at the May 5 commencement.


Fulenchek earned a bachelor of science degree in Finance and Business Economics Saturday, honored with the Top Economics Major Award, Top Finance Major Award and the Athletic Achievement Award.


He was also named “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” for his academic prowess.


In addition to his excellence in the classroom, Fulenchek has been the ace of the Centenary staff this season.



In the 12 conference games this season, Centenary has yet to drop a game in which it has been leading after six innings.


The Gents have led five games after six innings while in conference and have a perfect 5-0 record in these games.



Centenary hosts its final home series of the 2007 season.


Seven Centenary seniors play their final games at Shehee Stadium, as the Gents face Oakland May 18-20.