Nationally-Ranked Arkansas Visits Shehee Wednesday
Tuesday, March 20, 2007


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Matt Webb and the Gents face
the No. 9 Razorbacks Wednesday

 

CENTENARY GENTS

10-15, 0-0 Mid-Con

vs.

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS

16-6, 2-1 SEC

 

Wednesday, March 21 - 2 p.m.

Shehee Stadium

Shreveport, La.

 

PROBABLE CENTENARY STARTING PITCHER

Brandon Fulenchek (LHP)

 

 

 

 

Centenary (10-15) faces one of its biggest tests of the 2007 season when it hosts nationally-ranked and SEC powerhouse University of Arkansas (16-6) Wednesday afternoon at Shehee Stadium. First pitch between the Gents and the Razorbacks is scheduled for 2 p.m.

 

In Wednesday’s game, the Gents look to reverse their fortunes in recent games and put an end to its current four-game losing streak with a win against the Razorbacks.

 

Centenary stands this season with a 10-9 record at Shehee Stadium, while Arkansas comes into Wednesday’s game 7-4 on the road.

 

A LOOK AT CENTENARY

Falling in their last four games by a deafening margin, Centenary holds a 10-15 record this season. This past weekend against Arkansas-Little Rock, the Gents were shutout in two of the three games, outscored 31-10 in the series with the Trojans.

 

Sophomore Mike Davis led the team in the weekend series with a .500 batting average and four hits from the plate. Starting at first base, Davis also led the Gents with a .750 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage. He went 4-for-4 from the plate in Saturday’s loss to the Trojans, scoring three runs and racking up two RBI. This season, Davis is hitting .345 in 13 games.

 

Leading the Gents in overall games, junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez is batting .329 with 14 RBI and 20 runs scored. He is second on the team with a .430 slugging percentage and .449 on-base percentage, amongst the Mid-Continent Conference leaders with eight stolen bases.

 

The leader in the Mid-Con in multiple offensive statistical categories, senior outfielder Matt Webb has a .324 batting average and 12 RBI. He leads the conference with 32 walks and 15 stolen bases, standing with an on-base percentage of .558.

 

Junior infielder Cameron Penney is batting .314 with a team-high 32 hits this season, scoring 15 runs.

 

For the season, the Gents boast a .273 batting average.

 

The Centenary pitching staff stands with a 4.58 team ERA, led by starting lefthander Brandon Fulenchek.

 

Fulenchek, who gets the start Wednesday against the Razorbacks, leads all Gent starters with a 2.05 ERA and four wins this season. In his seven starts, the senior lefty has struck out 19 batters and has held opponents to a .284 batting average. He has a 2-1 record in his last three starts, allowing just one earned run.

 

In the pen, freshman Dakota Robinson leads the team in relief appearances with 12 this season. Robinson has one save this season with 14 strikeouts over 20 innings pitched.

 

Senior David McElroy leads all relievers with 16 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings. He has made nine appearances out of the pen this season. Junior Aaron Bronson leads the team with three saves in nine appearances.

 

ARKANSAS COMES IN ON A ROLL

The Razorbacks head into Wednesday’s game with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games, including winning 2-of-3 against nationally-ranked Kentucky over the weekend.

 

Ranked in the top 10 in most major collegiate baseball polls, Arkansas stands as the highest-ranked opponent the Gents will have faced thus far this season.

 

In overall games, the Razorbacks are led at the plate by sophomore Logan Forsythe, who’s batting .344 with 14 RBI. Forsythe has three home runs and 15 runs scored in 19 games this season. Junior infielder Casey Coon leads the team with 31 RBI and 26 hits this season, batting .329 in 21 games. Coon has scored 17 runs and leads the Razorbacks with a .557 slugging percentage.

 

Senior Jake Dugger leads the team with 27 runs scored and 38 total bases, batting .319 this season. Dugger leads the Razorbacks with an on-base percentage of .443.

 

In Wednesday’s game, Arkansas is set to start freshman Dallas Keuchel on the mound. In nine appearances, Keuchel has a 3.55 ERA with a 2-1 record. This season, the freshman left-hander has 25 strikeouts to just seven walks, making two starts.

 

In his last outing, Keuchel threw four innings of relief, earning his first-career save while allowing just one hit. He struck out five in his four innings of work.

 

As a staff, the Razorbacks boast a 3.85 team ERA.

 

Against the Mid-Continent Conference this season, Arkansas holds a 1-0 record, defeating Oral Roberts, 10-2, March 13 in Fayetteville, Ark. 

 

FULENCHEK UP TO TASK

Brandon Fulenchek has been strong all season on the mound for the Gents and will face his toughest test thus far in 2007 when he takes the bump against Arkansas Wednesday.

 

In seven starts, Fulenchek has not allowed more than three runs to stand as the steadiest starter for the Gents this season. The senior left-hander has a 2.05 ERA with a 4-2 record in 44 innings pitched. In two of his last three starts, Fulenchek has limited his opponents to just two hits, not allowing an earned run.

 

In the conference, Fulenchek stands second in ERA and first in innings pitched. He leads the Mid-Con in wins this season.

 

LAST TIME AGAINST ARKANSAS

In last season’s encounter with the Razorbacks, Arkansas swept the two-game series with the Gents, played March 21-22 in Fayetteville, Ark. In Game 1 of the two-game set, the Razorbacks defeated the Gents, 10-2, winning Game 2 by an 8-5 margin.

 

In the two game series, senior outfielder Matt Webb had three RBI with one home run.

 

PER WIN

In games won this season, Centenary is averaging 7.4 runs and 10.4 hits per contest. In addition to hits and runs, the Gents have limited their errors in games won, committing an average of 1.5 errors per game in wins.

 

The Gents look to change its recent misfortunes from the plate in Wednesday’s game against the Razorbacks. In two of the last three games, Centenary has been shutout.

 

In the 10 wins this season, junior Teddy Saenz leads the team with a .455 batting average, with senior Justin Huff right behind with a .436 average.

 

Saenz has 15 hits and five runs scored in the 10 wins, standing with an on-base percentage of .550. Huff leads the Gents with 16 runs scored in the 10 wins with a team-leading slugging percentage of .615.

 

Junior Calvin Sanchez leads the Gents with 11 RBI in the 10 wins.

 

SANCHEZ STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE

A starter in the outfield since the fourth game of the 2007 season, Centenary junior outfielder Calvin Sanchez has been one of the most reliable players for the Gents at the plate.

 

Leading the team with a .329 batting average, Sanchez is amongst the Mid-Con leaders with eight stolen bases. In 25 games, Sanchez has seven multi-hit games, registering five games with multiple RBI.

 

His base running has been key for the Gents in two games, as Sanchez has scored the game-winning run for the Gents in the final inning in wins over Jackson State (Feb. 10) and Toledo (Mar. 3).

 

WEBB LEADING MID-CON

Senior outfielder Matt Webb stands head-and-shoulders above the Mid-Continent Conference in both walks and stolen bases this season.

 

Leading the conference with 32 walks this season, Webb more than doubles the next closest player in the conference in walks this season. Standing with a team-leading on-base percentage of .558, he has 15 stolen bases this season, six more than the next closest player in the Mid-Con.

 

ROBINSON FIRST OUT OF PEN

Just in his rookie season, freshman reliever Dakota Robinson leads the Mid-Continent Conference in appearances this season.

 

Robinson has made 12 appearances out of the bullpen this season to lead the conference, racking up two wins and one save in 20 innings pitched. He has a 6.30 ERA with 14 strikeouts, holding opponents to a .310 batting average.

 

SAENZ MOVES AROUND

Junior infielder Teddy Saenz is proving his worth to the Centenary team, starting in three different infield positions this season.

 

In 25 games, Saenz has started at second, third and short, standing with a league-high 74 assists. The junior is batting .298 with 13 RBI and 10 runs scored.

 

BRONSON SAVES

Making nine relief appearances, junior Aaron Bronson leads the conference with three saves this season. In 15 2/3 innings, the Kent, Wash., native has a 5.17 ERA and is holding opponents to a .318 batting average.

 

He is tied for fifth in the Mid-Con in relief appearances.

 

ON DECK

Centenary has nine days off following Wednesday’s game with Arkansas. The Gents next face IPFW in a four-game series at Shehee Stadium March 30-31.