Baseball Hosts Stephen F. Austin Tuesday at Shehee
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Tuesday for the Gents

CENTENARY GENTS

10-11, 0-0 Mid-Con

vs

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN LUMBERJACKS

10-10, 0-0 Southland

March 13, 2007

Shehee Stadium

Shreveport, La.

 

PROBABLE CENTENARY STARTING PITCHER

Will Kaage (RHP)

 

Centenary (10-11) looks to close out a nine-game homestand on a high note when the Gents host Stephen F. Austin (10-10) Tuesday at Shehee Stadium. First pitch between the Gents and the Lumberjacks is scheduled for 6 p.m.

 

In Tuesday’s game, Centenary is poised to avenge a 11-1 loss suffered to Stephen F. Austin Feb. 20 in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Gents enter Tuesday’s game on a two-game winning streak after the weekend sweep of Trinity University, in which Centenary scored 12 runs in two games.

 

KAAGE TAKES MOUND

Senior righthander Will Kaage takes the mound for the Gents in Tuesday’s game against the Lumberjacks. Kaage gets his sixth start of the season, standing with a 1-1 record and a 5.22 ERA.

 

In his five previous starts, Kaage has held opponents to a .308 batting average in 29 1/3 innings pitched.

 

Kaage is undefeated in his last two starts, earning a 12-8 win over Northern Iowa (Feb. 24) and a no decision in last weekend’s game with Toledo (Mar. 3). The senior righthander gets his first weekday start of the 2007 season Tuesday.

 

GENTS GET WEEKEND SWEEP

For the first time since the weekend series with Jackson State, Centenary captured a weekend sweep.

 

Taking two games off of Trinity, the Gents outscored the Tigers, 12-5, in the weekend series at Shehee Stadium, led by the hitting of junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez.

 

In the two games, Sanchez hit .600 (3-for-5) with a team-leading four RBI. The junior outfielder led the Gents with an on-base percentage of .714, finishing with a slugging percentage of .600. In Sunday’s 5-3 win over the Tigers, Sanchez went 1-for-1 from the plate, drawing two walks and driving home two runs.

 

Also recording two RBI in Sunday’s win, senior outfielder Matt Webb finished the weekend with a .500 average and three RBI. Going 3-for-6 from the plate, Webb led the Gents with two stolen bases.

 

Senior outfielder Justin Huff led Centenary with five runs scored in two games.

 

From the mound, senior Brandon Fulenchek and junior Jeremy Sheehan both picked up wins for the Gents.

 

Fulenchek went six strong innings in a 7-2 win Saturday. The senior lefty carried a no-hitter through five innings, allowing just two hits in his team-leading fourth win of the season.

 

A LOOK AT CENTENARY

Winners of three of their last five games, the Gents head into Tuesday’s game with a team batting average of .285, averaging 5.61 runs per game.

 

Senior outfielder Matt Webb leads the team -- and the Mid-Con Conference -- in multiple offensive statistics in his final season with the Gents. Webb is leading the Gents with a .368 batting average this season, with a conference-leading .608 on-base percentage and 11 RBI. In 21 games, Webb has drawn 31 walks (1.48 bb/gm), almost doubling the number of walks of the next closest player in the Mid-Con. He leads the conference with 15 stolen bases, scoring 17 runs.

 

Right behind Webb and emerging as an offensive threat with the ability to get on base, junior Calvin Sanchez is hitting .365 this season with an on-base percentage of .500. Sanchez is tied for the team lead with 19 runs scored, registering 13 RBI.

 

Junior infielder Teddy Saenz, used as a utility player in the infield, has a .329 average and 11 RBI. Saenz has a .387 batting average and .525 on-base percentage to lead Centenary in the last 10 games.

 

On the mound, senior Brandon Fulenchek leads all starters with a 2.19 ERA and four wins in his six starts. Fulenchek leads all pitchers with 37 innings pitched.

 

Junior Johnny Noland stands with a 4.01 ERA in seven appearances (3 starts), holding opponents to a .248 batting average to lead all starters.

 

From the pen, junior Aaron Bronson has picked up three saves to lead the Gents this season. Senior David McElroy leads all relievers with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings of work, standing with one save.

 

Freshman Dakota Robinson has made a conference-leading 10 appearances from the pen this season, standing with one save and a 2-1 record.

 

The Centenary pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.90.

 

ABOUT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

The Lumberjacks are coming off a three-game weekend sweep of Texas-Pan American. In the three games, SFA outscored the Broncs by a 16-4 margin, shutting out Texas-Pan American in two of the three games.

 

This season, Noel Trevino leads the Lumberjacks in hitting with a .361 batting average. In 14 games, Trevino has 13 RBI and 12 runs scored, sitting with a slugging percentage of .557.

 

Standing with a team-high 24 RBI, Steven Hill is hitting .341 in 20 games. Hill leads the Lumberjacks with 15  runs scored and a .646 slugging percentage. He has a team-leading nine stolen bases.

 

Tuesday’s starter on the mound, Jared Schrom, leads all SFA starters with a 1.32 ERA. In six starts, Schrom has a 2-1 record with a team-leading 30 strikeouts. He’s holding opponents to a .214 batting average.

 

In relief, Heath Konesheck leads all relievers with two saves in nine appearances. He leads all relief pitchers with 16 strikeouts.

 

PREVIOUS MEETING

In the previous meeting between Stephen F. Austin and Centenary, played Feb. 20 in Nacogdoches, Texas, the Gents were held to a season-low four hits, unable to forge any sort of threat against the Lumberjacks.

 

Committing four errors in the game, the Gents fell behind 4-0 following a three-run third inning.

 

In the game, six SFA batters recorded multiple hits, led by the bat of Noel Trevino. Going 4-for-5 from the plate, Trevino finished the game with two RBI and two runs scored. Steven Hill finished with four RBI in the Lumberjack win.

 

On the mound, Erich Lehmann went seven innings, allowing just three hits and one run. He struck out four in his first win of the season.

 

FIRST TO TEN

Centenary became the first team in the Mid-Con to reach 10 wins this season.

 

Picking up four wins in the last six games, the Gents look to reach the .500 mark following Tuesday’s game with Stephen F. Austin.

 

HUFF SCORES FIVE IN TWO

Senior outfielder Justin Huff led the Gents with five runs scored over two games this weekend. Against Trinity, Huff went 4-for-8 from the plate to hit .500 with a team-leading five total bases. Huff had a team-high .625 slugging percentage in the two games with an on-base percentage of .556.

 

Huff is tied for the team lead with 19 runs scored and 33 total bases. He is batting .294 in 21 games with 12 RBI.

 

ROBINSON MAKES FIRST START

Freshman Dakota Robinson made his first start in the field in Sunday’s game against Trinity.

 

Robinson, used primarily out of the bullpen as a reliever this season, started in Sunday’s game at first, recording 13 putouts.

 

In the game, the freshman also picked up his first collegiate hit when he lined a shot to center field in the third inning.

 

SAENZ MOVES BACK TO SHORT

Due to an undisclosed injury to starting shortstop Nate Santiago, junior Teddy Saenz moved to short in Sunday’s game against Trinity.

 

Saenz, who has started every game in the infield this season, made eight assists in the 5-3 Gent victory. The eight assists tied the season-high for assists in a game for any Centenary player in Sunday’s game, setting a new career high for assists.

 

This season, Saenz has started at second, short and third, showing his ability to play multiple positions in the infield. The junior is batting .329 with 11 RBI.

 

PENNEY CONTINUES TO LEAD GENTS

Amongst the Mid-Con leaders in hits in his first season with the Gents, junior Cameron Penney has 27 hits in 21 games.

 

Penney leads Centenary in number of hits this season, batting .321 with eight RBI and 14 runs scored.

 

The junior infielder has seven multi-hit games this season, with a remarkable four hits against Northern Iowa Feb. 24. The four hits is the most hits in a single game by any Centenary player.

 

MALDONADO AND RBI              

Junior catcher Alex Maldonado has a team-leading 17 RBI this season to stand amongst the Mid-Con leaders in RBI.

 

In 20 games, Maldonado is batting .257 with an on-base percentage of .372.

 

He has 11 runs scored.

 

STARK AND ROBINSON ON TARGET

Both with strikeout-to-walk ratios of 4.00, freshmen Peter Stark and Dakota Robinson have been on target this season.

 

Stark, in seven appearances, sits with 12 strikeouts to three walks, holding opponents to a .256 batting average.

 

Robinson also has recorded 12 strikeouts to three walks in 10 appearances. He leads all Centenary relievers with 18 innings pitched.

 

ON DECK

Centenary travels to Arkansas-Little Rock for a three-game series Friday to Sunday. Friday’s series opener is set for a 6 p.m. start.