Three From Centenary Named to All-Mid-Con Team
Wednesday, May 23, 2007


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All-Mid-Con Team Official Release


2007 Centenary All-Mid-Con Team Members (From L to R)
Dakota Robinson, Teddy Saenz, Brandon Fulenchek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MACOMB, Ill. -- Three Centenary baseball players earned All-Mid-Continent Conference honors Wednesday, announced at the 2007 Mid-Con Awards Banquet held at the conference championships, in Macomb, Ill.

Named to all-conference teams from the Gents was senior Brandon Fulenchek (McKinney, Texas), junior Teddy Saenz (San Jose, Calif.) and freshman Dakota Robinson (Bossier City, La.).

Although honored to have three players on the all-conference team, Centenary head coach Ed McCann left the awards banquet disappointed.

"I’ll take three, but I think it’s a travesty that (Alex) Maldonado was left off because I felt that Maldonado was the best catcher in the conference," McCann said. "Other coaches and SID’s (sports information directors) apparently didn’t see it the same way I did. Of course, I’m biased."

McCann also remarked it’s what the Gents do in the next three days, not about awards.

Named first team All-Mid-Con as a starting pitcher, Fulenchek tied for the conference lead for wins in his senior season with eight.

Leading the conference in innings pitched (98.1), Fulenchek ended the year with an 8-4 record and a 3.29 ERA. He struck out 55 to stand tied for fourth in strikeouts with the fourth-best ERA.

The leader of the Gent pitching staff, Fulenchek gets the start in Thursday’s tournament-opening game against Oral Roberts at Boyer Stadium at 11:30 a.m.

Earning all-conference for the first time in his collegiate career, Wednesday’s award gives Fulenchek extra motivation in Thursday’s start.

"It does because all the other guys are ORU guys," Fulenchek said. "I’m pretty calm because I pitched against them (ORU) before and pitched in the tournament. I kind of know what to expect."

Fulenchek has been named to the Mid-Con All-Tournament Team the previous two seasons.

A junior infielder, Saenz played multiple positions in the Centenary infield in his first season with the Gents.

Starting the year at second, moving to third and appearing at short, Saenz was named second team All-Mid-Con at third base.

This season, Saenz led the Gents in hitting with a .312 batting average, recording 59 hits and 31 RBI. His 16 doubles tied for second in the conference, standing ninth in the Mid-Con with a .418 on-base percentage.

Solidifying third after his move from second, Saenz finished fifth in the Mid-Con with a team-leading 146 assists.

In just his freshman season, Robinson was named second team All-Mid-Con as a reliever.

Robinson was outstanding out of the pen for the Gents this season. Leading the Mid-Con with 28 appearances, including 11 relief appearances in 20 conference games, the Bossier City native finished with a 0.69 ERA in conference games.

Pitching in 26.0 innings in Mid-Con games, Robinson racked up 14 strikeouts to just two walks in his 11 conference appearances, allowing just two earned runs. He had two saves in conference games, finishing the regular season with a 2-4 record in overall games and three saves.

Robinson becomes the first Centenary pitcher to earn relief pitcher honors since the Gents joined the Mid-Con in 2004.

Western Illinois’ outfielder Travis Check and Oral Roberts’ outfielder Brendan Duffy were named 2007 Mid-Con Co-Players of the Year.

Duffy was joined by teammates Chance Chapman and Jeremy Hefner, who both earned individual honors at the awards banquet.

Chapman was named 2007 Mid-Con Pitcher of the Year, while Hefner was named 2007 Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year.

Stan Hyman of Western Illinois was named 2007 Mid-Con Coach of the Year.